Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 13.8% less likely to be obese

In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.

live 2.3 years less

In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 67.1% less likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 76.7% less on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

be 81.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 48.8% more children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 63.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 26.8% more likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.0% more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.

be 17.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In El Salvador, 94% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).


spend 20.0% less on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.


see 30.3% more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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