Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Panama instead of Costa Rica, you would:

Health

be 11.7% less likely to be obese


In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 50.3% more money


Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900 as of 2017, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400 as of 2017.

be 25.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Panama, that number is 6.0% as of 2017.

pay a 66.7% higher top tax rate


Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 15.5% more children


In Costa Rica, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Panama, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 92.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Costa Rica, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Panama, 52.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Costa Rica, approximately 7.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 21.9% less likely to have internet access


In Costa Rica, approximately 74.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Panama, about 57.9% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 56.8% less on education


Costa Rica spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Geography

see 93.0% more coastline


Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to Costa Rica? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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