Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Bangladesh, you would:


live 7.5 years longer

In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).


make 8.9 times more money

Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes

Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.


be 92.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 79.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

be 28.2% more likely to be literate

In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Puerto Rico, it is 93.3%.

have 56.9% less children

In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 51.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 4.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.


spend 2.4 times more on education

Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.


see 13.6% less coastline

Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 8,959 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.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.


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