Standard of living in Pakistan

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Life in Pakistan

The standard of living in Pakistan differentiates and varies between different classes of society. Pakistan is a largely developing country and according to the Human Development Index, is ranked 147th out of 170 countries, upper side of "low human development."[1]

Despite having a growing middle class numbering over 70 million,[2] a large portion of the country's population remains poor. Poverty, unemployment and a population boom contribute to Pakistan's current social problems. As of 2008, over 17% of the total population was found abjectly living below the poverty line[3] while the unemployment rate, as of 2010, lumbered up to an unprecedented 15%.[4] Poor governance and political insecurity have further added to the issues faced by the average citizen.

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