Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 42.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Kazakhstan, that number is 21.0% of people.

live 8.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Kazakhstan, that number is 71 years (66 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 82.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Kazakhstan, however, that number is 2.6%.

spend 74.7% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Kazakhstan, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 55.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Kazakhstan, the GDP per capita is $26,300.

be 13.6% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Kazakhstan, that number is 5.0%.

Life

have 44.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Kazakhstan, there are 18.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kazakhstan, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

Expenditures

spend 40.0% less on education


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

spend 74.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kazakhstan, that number is 4.4% of GDP.

Kazakhstan: At a glance

Kazakhstan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,699,700 sq km. Ethnic Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated to the region by the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural "Virgin Lands" program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-ethnic Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Non-Muslim ethnic minorities departed Kazakhstan in large numbers from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s and a national program has repatriated about a million ethnic Kazakhs back to Kazakhstan. These trends have allowed Kazakhs to become the titular majority again. This dramatic demographic shift has also undermined the previous religious diversity and made the country more than 70 percent Muslim. Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states largely due to the country's vast natural resources. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; managing Islamic revivalism; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's economic competitiveness; developing a multiparty parliament and advancing political and social reform; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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