Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 60.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tajikistan, that number is 14.2% of people as of 2016.

live 11.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Tajikistan, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 45.5% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Tajikistan, that number is 2.4% as of 2016.

pay a 67.2% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Tajikistan, the top tax rate is 13.0% as of 2016.

make 94.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Tajikistan, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Tajikistan, however, that number is 31.5% as of 2016.

Life

have 75.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tajikistan, there are 21.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Tajikistan, on the other hand, 28.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 74.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tajikistan, about 22.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Tajikistan, that number is 84% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 79% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Tajikistan: At a glance

Tajikistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 141,510 sq km. The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called "basmachi") fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, but the USSR designated Tajikistan a separate republic in 1929 and transferred to it much of present-day Sughd province. Ethnic Uzbeks form a substantial minority in Tajikistan. Tajikistan became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and experienced a civil war between regional factions from 1992 to 1997. Tajikistan endured several domestic security incidents during 2010-12, including armed conflict between government forces and local strongmen in the Rasht Valley and between government forces and criminal groups in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The country remains the poorest in the former Soviet sphere. Tajikistan became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. However, its economy continues to face major challenges, including dependence on remittances from Tajikistanis working in Russia, pervasive corruption, and the major role narcotrafficking plays in the country's informal economy.

How big is Tajikistan compared to United States? 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, Internal Revenue Service.

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