Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 77.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people.

live 27.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).

Economy

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 93.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4%.

Life

have 3.3 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 16.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 10.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Zambia, 26% of the population do.

be 66.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Zambia, about 25.5% do.

be 34.1% 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 Zambia, that number is 65% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 78.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Zambia spends 1.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.8% less on healthcare


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

Learn more about Zambia

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Zambia Revenue Authority.