Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Tanzania instead of Costa Rica, you would:


be 67.3% less likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.

be 11.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Costa Rica, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

live 16.1 years less

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).


make 81.1% less money

Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 27.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

spend 100.0% more on taxes

Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


have 2.3 times more children

In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 15.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 20.3% less likely to be literate

In Costa Rica, the literacy rate is 97.8%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 75.9% less likely to have access to electricity

In Costa Rica, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 80.3% less likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 43.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Costa Rica, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).


spend 50.7% less on education

Costa Rica spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Tanzania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.8% less on healthcare

Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.


see 10.4% more coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Tanzania, that number is 1,424 km.

Tanzania: At a glance

Tanzania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 885,800 sq km. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities. The formation of a government of national unity between Zanzibar's two leading parties succeeded in minimizing electoral tension in 2010.

How big is Tanzania compared to Costa Rica? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.


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