Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

spend 34.3% less on taxes


France has a top tax rate of 50.2%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 14.8% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 21.1% more likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 75.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 33.6% fewer children


In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 85.4% less coastline


France has a total of 3,427 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a territory 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 France? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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