Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 29.6% more likely to be obese

In Colombia, 22.3% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.


make 37.2% more money

Colombia has a GDP per capita of $14,500, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 65.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Colombia, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 65.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Colombia, 28.0% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.


be 40.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Colombia, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 14.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Colombia, approximately 13.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

have 13.7% more children

In Colombia, there are approximately 16.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 12.5% less on healthcare

Colombia spends 7.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

spend 17.8% more on education

Colombia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.


see 2.9 times more coastline

Colombia has a total of 3,208 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.

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


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