Comparing United States to Costa Rica

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If you moved to Costa Rica from the United States, you would:


MAKE 75.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA ($12,900.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Costa Rica, that number is $12,900.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica GDP

LIVE 1.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (78.23 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 78.23.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica life expectancy

CONSUME 85.3% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (1,794 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Costa Rica, it is 1,794 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica AIDS percentage

BE 41% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (8.70 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, there are a total of 8.70 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica infant mortality

BE 8.2% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (7.9% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Costa Rica 7.9% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica unemployment rate

HAVE 19.8% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (16.08 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Costa Rica, however, there are a total of 16.08 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica birth rate

BE 64.2% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (24.8% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, 24.8% are.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica poverty

SEE A 93.5% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Costa Rica  COSTA RICA (1,290km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica coastline

At a Glance: Costa Rica

  • Land Area: ~51 thousand sq km (United States is ~192 times bigger than Costa Rica)
  • Population: ~5 million people (314 million more people live in United States)

How big is Costa Rica compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Costa Rica (51,100 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,100 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).