United States compared to Costa Rica

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If you moved to Costa Rica from United States, you would..


make 71.9% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica ($16,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,100.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - GDP Per Capita

consume 84.4% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica (1,888 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,888 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Electricity Consumption

have 25.6% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica (15.7 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, that number is 15.7 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Birth Rate

be 64.2% more likely to live 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, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, that number is 24.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Poverty Line

be 43.1% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica (8.3 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Infant Mortality

be 97.9% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica (9.3% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of people.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Unemployment

see 93.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Costa Rica Costa Rica (1,290 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.
Category: United States vs. Costa Rica - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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


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.

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