Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Uzbekistan instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 5.4 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Uzbekistan, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 52.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uzbekistan, that number is 4.9%.

be 51.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Uzbekistan, however, that number is 14.0%.

make 81.4% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Uzbekistan, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

Life

have 31.2% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Uzbekistan, there are 16.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uzbekistan, on the other hand, 18.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.6% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Uzbekistan, about 46.8% do.

be 12.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Uzbekistan, that number is 87% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

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 Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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