Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.2 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

spend 26.7% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 48.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 46.7% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 34.1% less children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 50.9% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Geography

see 96.5% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

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 China? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, State Administration of Taxation.

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