Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.9 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (71 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Mexico, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 17.5% more likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,000 as of 2017, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900 as of 2017.

be 51.4% less likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mexico, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

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


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2% as of 2014.

pay a 16.7% higher top tax rate


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

Life

be 28.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 46.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mexico, 33.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 94.5% more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 33.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mexico, about 65.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 28.9% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Mexico spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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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