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List of districts of Pakistan by Human Development Index

Human Development - UNDP Pakistan

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank some area by level of "human development" and separate developed (Very High development), developing (High and Medium development), and underdeveloped (Low development) areas. The statistics is composed from data on life expectancy, education and per-capita GNI (as an indicator of standard of living) collected at the national level.

This is a list of districts of Pakistan in order of their Human Development Index (HDI) as of 2015, the latest year for which data is available. The HDI values are provided by the United Nations Development Programme (Pakistan), titled: Pakistan National Human Development Report 2017 and it was released on the 2nd of May 2018.[1]

There are six districts which have a Very High level of Human Development. Lahore has the highest level of Human Development in the country with an HDI of 0.877, followed closely by Islamabad (HDI: 0.875) and Rawalpindi (HDI: 0.871). Karachi, Sialkot and Jhelum make up the remainder of the districts with a Very High level of Human Development.

Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab have a High level of Human Development, while Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have a Medium Level of Human Development. Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan have a Low level of Human Development. Finally the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have a Very Low level of Human Development.

This data is incompatible with data published in the Global Human Development Report due to variations in the calculations and formulas used by both parties. The Education Index has been calculated as in the Global Human Development Report with Mean years of schooling and Expected years of schooling being used as indicators. However, due to lack of data at the district level new methodology had to be devised to calculate the Health and Standard of Living indexes.


Very high human development (≥0.800)Edit

Human Development - UNDP Pakistan
District HDI (2015) Province
Lahore 0.877 Punjab
Islamabad 0.875 Capital territory
Rawalpindi 0.871 Punjab
Karachi 0.854 Sindh
Sialkot 0.834 Punjab
Jhelum 0.829 Punjab

High human development (0.700–0.799)Edit

Medium human development (0.555–0.699)Edit

Low human development (0.400–0.554)Edit

Very low human development (<0.400)Edit

Administrative units by Human Development Index (international HDI)Edit

This is a list of administrative units of Pakistan by Human Development Index as of 2017.[2]

Rank Region HDI (2017) Comparable countries (2017)[3]
Medium human development
1 Punjab (with Islamabad) 0.573     Nepal
2 Gilgit-Baltistan 0.564   Cameroon
  Pakistan (average) 0.562   Cameroon
3 Sindh 0.555   Cameroon
4 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (with FATA) 0.554   Cameroon
Low human development
5 Balochistan 0.476   Djibouti

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pakistan National Human Development Report 2017" (PDF). UNDP Pakistan. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Human Development Report 2018 – "Human Development Indices and Indicators"" (PDF). HDRO (Human Development Report Office) United Nations Development Programme. pp. 22–25. Retrieved 26 November 2018.