Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tanzania instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 77.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Tanzania, that number is 4.6% of people as of 2018.

be 70.3% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people as of 2016.

live 0.9 years less


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Tanzania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 62.5% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3% as of 2014.

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 76.5% less money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 37.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8% as of 2015.

Life

have 80.2% more children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tanzania, there are 34.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tanzania, 524.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.5% less likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Tanzania, it is 77.9% as of 2015.

be 30.9% more likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 36.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 60.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (93% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 33% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 55.5% less likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tanzania, about 25.0% do as of 2018.

be 28.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In South Africa, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Tanzania, that number is 68% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 45.2% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Tanzania spends 3.4% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 49.1% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 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 South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, South African Revenue Service.

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