Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.9 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 97.4% more money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 11.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 2.5 times more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 3.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 77.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 21.4% less children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.9% more likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% more on education


Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a territory 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 Belarus? 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, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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