Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Ecuador, you would:

Health

live 3.9 years longer


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 78.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 61.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 54.7% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 48.4% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 77.6% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 8,959 sq km. Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Christopher COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status with the US, but the results of a 2012 vote left open the possibility of American statehood.

How big is Puerto Rico 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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