Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mexico instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 20.2 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 5.2 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

Economy

make 10.5 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 95.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 15.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

Life

be 89.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 83.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Mexico, it is 94.5%.

have 55.6% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.8 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of people have electricity access (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 4.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

be 16.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Burkina Faso, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 96% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 26.2% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.0% more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Mexico: At a glance

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,943,945 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

How big is Mexico compared to Burkina Faso? 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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