Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.7 years less

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 64 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 18.3% more likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.


be 74.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

be 36.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.


be 22.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Kenya, approximately 510.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

have 49.0% more children

In Kenya, there are approximately 23.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0% more likely to have access to electricity

In Kenya, 20% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 50.0% less likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 26.0% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 12.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Kenya, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).


spend 34.0% less on education

Kenya spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Tanzania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.


see 2.7 times more coastline

Kenya has a total of 536 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 Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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