Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 30.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Vanuatu, that number is 25.2% of people.

live 6.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Vanuatu, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

be 61.4% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Vanuatu, that number is 1.7%.

make 95.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Vanuatu, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

Life

have 92.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Vanuatu, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Vanuatu, 78.0 women do.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 14.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Vanuatu, 27% of the population do.

be 68.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Vanuatu, about 24.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 70.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vanuatu, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

spend 10.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Vanuatu spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 87.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Learn more about Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu 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.