Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 25.0 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 19.6 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 85.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 96.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 91.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Puerto Rico, it is 93.3%.

have 80.3% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.4 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 Puerto Rico, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 5.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

be 13.7% 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 Puerto Rico, that number is 94% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.9% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% 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 sovereign country 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 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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