Comparing United States to Mexico

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If you moved to Mexico from the United States, you would:


MAKE 70.5% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Mexico  MEXICO ($15,600.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Mexico, that number is $15,600.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Mexico GDP

LIVE 4.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Mexico  MEXICO (75.43 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 75.43.
Category: United States vs. Mexico life expectancy

CONSUME 85.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Mexico  MEXICO (1,765 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Mexico, it is 1,765 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Mexico electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Mexico  MEXICO (0.2% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mexico, that number is 0.2%.
Category: United States vs. Mexico AIDS percentage

BE 2.04 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Mexico  MEXICO (12.58 per 1000 infants)
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That's 103.9% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, there are a total of 12.58 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Mexico infant mortality

BE 32.9% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Mexico  MEXICO (4.9% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Mexico 4.9% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Mexico unemployment rate

HAVE 41.7% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Mexico  MEXICO (19.02 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Mexico, however, there are a total of 19.02 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Mexico birth rate

SEE A 53.2% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Mexico  MEXICO (9,330km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Mexico has a total of 9,330 km.
Category: United States vs. Mexico coastline

At a Glance: Mexico

  • Land Area: ~2 million sq km (United States is ~5 times bigger than Mexico)
  • Population: ~120 million people (199 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Mexico, "Cheers!" = "Salud!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Mexico (1,964,375 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Mexico

Tipping:
  • Generally, tip the same as you would in the United States
  • Tip around 15-20% at restaurants
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO know that only men typically give toasts
  • DO NOT worry about being slightly late
Table Manners:
  • It is customary to keep both hands above the table
  • Men stand when a woman enters or leaves
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when introducing yourself
Learn more about etiquette

A brief history of Mexico

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,964,375 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

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