Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Zambia, you would:
live 14.3 years longer
In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2022. In United States, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022.
be 4.5 times more likely to be obese
In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 18.2 times more money
Zambia has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 74.1% less likely to be unemployed
In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
be 72.2% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 13.1% higher top tax rate
Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 91.1% less likely to die during childbirth
In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 86.1% less likely to die during infancy
In Zambia, approximately 37.1 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In United States, on the other hand, 5.2 children do as of 2022.
have 64.8% fewer children
In Zambia, there are approximately 34.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.7 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Zambia, approximately 37% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In United States, 100% of the population do as of 2020.
be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access
In Zambia, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In United States, about 91.0% do as of 2020.
be 39.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Zambia, approximately 72% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas) as of 2020. In United States, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 11.1% more on education
Zambia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
spend 3.2 times more on healthcare
Zambia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Internal Revenue Service, The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority.
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