Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 54.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Uzbekistan, that number is 16.6% of people.

live 6.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Uzbekistan, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

spend 41.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Uzbekistan, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 88.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Uzbekistan, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 11.4% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uzbekistan, that number is 4.9%.

Life

have 34.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Uzbekistan, there are 16.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uzbekistan, 36.0 women do.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uzbekistan, on the other hand, 18.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Uzbekistan, about 46.8% do.

be 12.0% 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 Uzbekistan, that number is 87% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 66.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uzbekistan, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Uzbekistan: At a glance

Uzbekistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 425,400 sq km. Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country has lessened its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum export capacity and increasing its manufacturing base. However, longserving septuagenarian President Islom KARIMOV, who rose through the ranks of the Soviet-era State Planning Committee (Gosplan), remains wedded to the concepts of a command economy, creating a challenging environment for foreign investment. Current concerns include post-KARIMOV succession, terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization.

How big is Uzbekistan 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, State Tax Committee, Internal Revenue Service.

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