Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.6 years longer


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 81.0% more likely to be obese


In Tajikistan, 14.2% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

make 5.3 times more money


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

be 31.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

spend 15.4% more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 21.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tajikistan, approximately 32.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 74.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Tajikistan, approximately 31.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

have 33.5% less children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Tajikistan, approximately 20.5% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

be 32.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tajikistan, approximately 74% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Costa Rica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 36.5% more on education


Tajikistan spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 34.8% more on healthcare


Tajikistan spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Tajikistan? 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, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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