Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mexico instead of Canada, you would:

Health

live 5.8 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 44.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

make 58.8% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,300, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 4.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

Life

have 77.7% more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 33.7% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 89.8% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.4% less on healthcare


Canada spends 10.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.4% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Mexico, that number is 9,330 km.

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 Canada? 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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