Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of El Salvador, you would:

Health

live 6.0 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 4.2 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 64.3% more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 74.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 61.9% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 50.0% less children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 71.4% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 63.2% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 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 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, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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