Comparing United States to Puerto Rico

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MAKE 69.1% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO ($16,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Puerto Rico, that number is $16,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico GDP

CONSUME 56% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO (5,366 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Puerto Rico, it is 5,366 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico electricity consumption

BE 25.3% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO (7.73 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 Puerto Rico, on the other hand, there are a total of 7.73 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico infant mortality

BE 2.19 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO (16% of people)
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That's 119.2% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Puerto Rico 16% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico unemployment rate

HAVE 18.8% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO (10.90 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Puerto Rico, however, there are a total of 10.90 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico birth rate

SEE A 97.5% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Puerto Rico  PUERTO RICO (501km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Puerto Rico has a total of 501 km.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico coastline

At a Glance: Puerto Rico

  • Land Area: ~14 thousand sq km (United States is ~713 times bigger than Puerto Rico)
  • Population: ~4 million people (315 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Puerto Rico (13,790 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 13,790 sq km. Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Christopher COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status with the US, but the results of a 2012 vote left open the possibility of American statehood.

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