Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 45.2% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

Economy

make 73.0% more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 21.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

Life

be 40.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 29.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.6% 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 Mexico, that number is 96% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 31.5% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 4.2 times more coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 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.

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


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

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