Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 76.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Tanzania, that number is 8.4% of people.

live 17.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Tanzania, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 94.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

be 51.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Tanzania, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 28.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 6.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 76.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Tanzania, 24% of the population do.

be 82.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 44.0% 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 Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Tanzania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Tanzania, that number is 1,424 km.

Learn more about Tanzania

Tanzania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 885,800 sq km. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities. The formation of a government of national unity between Zanzibar's two leading parties succeeded in minimizing electoral tension in 2010.

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


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