Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tajikistan instead of Puerto Rico, you would:

Health

live 12.8 years less


In Puerto Rico, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Tajikistan, that number is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women).

Economy

be 79.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Puerto Rico, 11.5% of adults are unemployed. In Tajikistan, that number is 2.4%.

spend 60.6% less on taxes


Puerto Rico has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Tajikistan, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 91.4% less money


Puerto Rico has a GDP per capita of $37,300, while in Tajikistan, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

Life

have 2.9 times more children


In Puerto Rico, there are approximately 8.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Tajikistan, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Puerto Rico, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tajikistan, 32.0 women do.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Puerto Rico, approximately 6.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tajikistan, on the other hand, 31.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.5% less likely to have internet access


In Puerto Rico, approximately 80.3% of the population has internet access. In Tajikistan, about 20.5% do.

be 21.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Puerto Rico, approximately 94% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas). In Tajikistan, that number is 74% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 13.3% less on education


Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of its total GDP on education. Tajikistan spends 5.2% of total GDP on education.

Tajikistan: At a glance

Tajikistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 141,510 sq km. The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called "basmachi") fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, but the USSR designated Tajikistan a separate republic in 1929 and transferred to it much of present-day Sughd province. Ethnic Uzbeks form a substantial minority in Tajikistan. Tajikistan became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and experienced a civil war between regional factions from 1992 to 1997. Tajikistan endured several domestic security incidents during 2010-12, including armed conflict between government forces and local strongmen in the Rasht Valley and between government forces and criminal groups in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The country remains the poorest in the former Soviet sphere. Tajikistan became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. However, its economy continues to face major challenges, including dependence on remittances from Tajikistanis working in Russia, pervasive corruption, and the major role narcotrafficking plays in the country's informal economy.

How big is Tajikistan compared to Puerto Rico? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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