Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tanzania instead of Jamaica, you would:

Health

be 66.0% less likely to be obese


In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.

be 2.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

live 11.1 years less


In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 65.2% less money


Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 33.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

spend 20.0% more on taxes


Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

have 98.9% more children


In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 12.2% less likely to be literate


In Jamaica, the literacy rate is 88.7%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In Jamaica, 93% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 71.1% less likely to have internet access


In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 40.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Jamaica, approximately 94% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 35.2% less on education


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Tanzania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 39.3% more coastline


Jamaica has a total of 1,022 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 Jamaica? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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