Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Uganda instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 85.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Uganda, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 24.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Uganda, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 57 years for women).

Economy

make 96.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Uganda, the GDP per capita is $2,400.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uganda, that number is 9.4%.

be 41.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Uganda, however, that number is 21.4%.

Life

have 3.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Uganda, there are 42.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 24.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Uganda, 343.0 women do.

be 9.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uganda, on the other hand, 56.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 78.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Uganda, 22% of the population do.

be 39.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Uganda, about 45.9% do.

be 20.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Uganda, that number is 79% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 54.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Uganda spends 2.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uganda, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Uganda: At a glance

Uganda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 197,100 sq km. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. A constitutional referendum in 2005 cancelled a 19-year ban on multi-party politics.

How big is Uganda compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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