Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.7 years longer


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 29.1% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

make 47.0% more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

spend 57.1% less on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 76.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

Life

be 60.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 51.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

have 13.4% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

be 12.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Costa Rica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 42.3% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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