Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 76.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Pakistan, that number is 8.6% of people.

live 11.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Pakistan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 90.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

be 36.4% more likely to be unemployed


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

Life

have 75.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 12.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Pakistan, 73% of the population do.

be 79.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Pakistan spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 84.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 94.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Learn more about Pakistan

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, Internal Revenue Service.