Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in El Salvador instead of Ecuador, you would:


live 2.7 years less

In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 23.6% more likely to be obese

In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people as of 2016.


pay a 14.3% lower top tax rate

Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 30.4% less money

Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500 as of 2017, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,000 as of 2017.

be 52.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0% as of 2017.


be 22.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ecuador, approximately 59.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In El Salvador, 46.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Ecuador, approximately 15.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 11.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 40.9% less likely to have internet access

In Ecuador, approximately 57.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In El Salvador, about 33.8% do as of 2018.


spend 24.0% less on education

Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. El Salvador spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.


see 86.3% less coastline

Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

El Salvador: At a glance

El Salvador is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 20,721 sq km. El Salvador achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and from the Central American Federation in 1839. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.

How big is El Salvador compared to Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.


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