Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Azerbaijan instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 45.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Azerbaijan, that number is 19.9% of people.

live 7.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Azerbaijan, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 67.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Azerbaijan, however, that number is 4.9%.

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Azerbaijan, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 70.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Azerbaijan, the GDP per capita is $17,500.

be 36.4% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Azerbaijan, that number is 6.0%.

Life

have 26.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Azerbaijan, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 78.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Azerbaijan, 25.0 women do.

be 4.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Azerbaijan, on the other hand, 23.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Azerbaijan, that number is 87% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 40.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Azerbaijan spends 3.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 64.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Azerbaijan, that number is 6.0% of GDP.

Learn more about Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 82,629 sq km. Azerbaijan - a nation with a majority-Turkic and majority-Shia Muslim population - was briefly independent (from 1918 to 1920) following the collapse of the Russian Empire; it was subsequently incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades. Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region that Moscow recognized in 1923 as an autonomous republic within Soviet Azerbaijan after Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed the territory's status. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also seven surrounding provinces in the territory of Azerbaijan. The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the United States, France, and Russia, is the framework established to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Corruption in the country is widespread, and the government, which eliminated presidential term limits in a 2009 referendum, has been accused of authoritarianism. Although the poverty rate has been reduced and infrastructure investment has increased substantially in recent years due to revenue from oil and gas production, reforms have not adequately addressed weaknesses in most government institutions, particularly in the education and health sectors.

How big is Azerbaijan compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Ministry of Taxes, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.