Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Barbados, you would:

Health

be 75.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Barbados, 1.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 3.2 years longer


In Barbados, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 11.3% more likely to be obese


In Barbados, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

be 22.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Barbados, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

spend 55.2% less on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 21.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Barbados, approximately 10.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

have 32.5% more children


In Barbados, there are approximately 11.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.0% less likely to have internet access


In Barbados, approximately 79.5% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.2% more on education


Barbados spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 24.0% more on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 13.3 times more coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 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.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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