List of districts of Pakistan by Human Development Index

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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 & above)[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]

Human Development - UNDP Pakistan
District HDI (2015) Province
Gujrat 0.795 Punjab
Chakwal 0.792 Punjab
Attock 0.786 Punjab
Faisalabad 0.782 Punjab
Gujranwala 0.769 Punjab
Toba Tek Singh 0.763 Punjab
Abbottabad 0.761 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Peshawar 0.756 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Narowal 0.748 Punjab
Nankana Sahib 0.740 Punjab
Sheikhupura 0.738 Punjab
Azad Jammu & Kashmir average 0.734 Azad Jammu & Kashmir
Haripur 0.732 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Punjab average 0.732 Punjab
Layyah 0.729 Punjab
Sargodha 0.728 Punjab
Multan 0.718 Punjab
Hyderabad 0.716 Sindh
Mandi Bahauddin 0.716 Punjab
Kasur 0.714 Punjab
Sahiwal 0.710 Punjab
Khushab 0.706 Punjab
Okara 0.705 Punjab
Hafizabad 0.705 Punjab
Mardan 0.703 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Medium human development (0.555-0.699)[edit]

District HDI (2015) Province
Khanewal 0.699 Punjab
Nowshera 0.697 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Malakand 0.690 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Jhang 0.682 Punjab
Mansehra 0.676 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Chitral 0.674 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Charsadda 0.666 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Naushahro Feroze 0.665 Sindh
Quetta 0.664 Balochistan
Pakpattan 0.660 Punjab
Sukkur 0.659 Sindh
Lodhran 0.659 Punjab
Chiniot 0.657 Punjab
Vehari 0.655 Punjab
Swabi 0.654 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Kohat 0.650 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bahawalpur 0.645 Punjab
Mianwali 0.645 Punjab
Sindh average 0.640 Sindh
Dadu 0.632 Sindh
Bahawalnagar 0.630 Punjab
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa average 0.628 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bhakkar 0.628 Punjab
Rahimyar Khan 0.625 Punjab
Swat 0.618 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Larkana 0.618 Sindh
Karak 0.615 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Bannu 0.613 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Lower Dir 0.600 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Hangu 0.594 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Muzaffargarh 0.584 Punjab
Lakki Marwat 0.577 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Jamshoro 0.572 Sindh
Nawabshah 0.572 Sindh
Matiari 0.569 Sindh
Khairpur 0.556 Sindh

Low human development (below 0.555)[edit]

District HDI (2015) Province
Dera Ghazi Khan 0.535 Punjab
Tando Allahyar 0.528 Sindh
Buner 0.528 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Gilgit-Baltistan average 0.523 Gilgit-Baltistan
Shikarpur 0.520 Sindh
Ghotki 0.514 Sindh
Rajanpur 0.506 Punjab
Battagram 0.505 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Dera Ismail Khan 0.496 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Sanghar 0.491 Sindh
Pishin 0.482 Balochistan
Kashmore 0.471 Sindh
Mastung 0.459 Balochistan
Tank 0.459 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Qambar Shahdadkot 0.456 Sindh
Gwadar 0.443 Balochistan
Nushki 0.441 Balochistan
Sibi 0.441 Balochistan
Jacobabad 0.440 Sindh
Shangla 0.438 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Mirpurkhas 0.430 Sindh
Killa Saifullah 0.422 Balochistan
Balochistan average 0.421 Balochistan
Lasbela 0.416 Balochistan
Khuzdar 0.412 Balochistan
Badin 0.412 Sindh
Kalat 0.405 Balochistan

Very Low human development (below 0.400)[edit]

District HDI (2015) Province
Loralai 0.381 Balochistan
Thatta 0.377 Sindh
Tando Muhammad Khan 0.377 Sindh
Upper Dir 0.375 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Musakhel 0.368 Balochistan
Jaffarabad 0.345 Balochistan
Kachhi 0.345 Balochistan
Sujawal 0.326 Sindh
Umerkot 0.322 Sindh
Nasirabad 0.311 Balochistan
Ziarat 0.301 Balochistan
Zhob 0.295 Balochistan
Sherani 0.295 Balochistan
Kharan 0.290 Balochistan
Dera Bugti 0.271 Balochistan
Kohlu 0.267 Balochistan
Tor Ghar 0.240 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Killa Abdullah 0.238 Balochistan
Barkhan 0.237 Balochistan
Kohistan 0.229 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tharparkar 0.227 Sindh
Tribal Areas (FATA) average 0.216 Tribal Areas (FATA)
Chagai 0.210 Balochistan
Washuk 0.188 Balochistan
Harnai 0.184 Balochistan
Jhal Magsi 0.183 Balochistan
Awaran 0.173 Balochistan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pakistan National Human Development Report 2017" (PDF). UNDP Pakistan. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.