Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.2 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 17.5% more likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 48.6% less likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 41.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


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

Life

be 29.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 31.0% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

have 13.0% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 51.4% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 30.4 times more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 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 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, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP.


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