Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:

Economy

make 50.6% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900 as of 2017.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 31.8% less likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 11.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 7.5 children do as of 2020.

have 33.3% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Costa Rica, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 69.9% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Costa Rica, about 74.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 2.3 times more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Costa Rica spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 16.1 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 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 British Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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