Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

spend 38.5% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 20.0% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 57.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 88.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 28.3% less children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 7.5 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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