United States compared to Puerto Rico

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If you moved to Puerto Rico from United States, you would..


make 34.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico ($37,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,700.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - GDP Per Capita

pay 16.7% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (33% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Puerto Rico, the top marginal tax rate is 33%.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Tax Rate

consume 56% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (5,310 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Puerto Rico, that number is 5,310 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Electricity Consumption

have 13.6% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (10.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Birth Rate

be 27.6% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (7.4 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 Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 7.4 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Infant Mortality

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (13.7% of people - December 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 13.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Unemployment

see 97.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (501 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.
Category: United States vs. Puerto Rico - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.


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


A brief history of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 13,791 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.

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