Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Mexico instead of Gabon, you would:


be 92.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Gabon, 4.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mexico, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 24.0 years longer

In Gabon, the average life expectancy is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 92.7% more likely to be obese

In Gabon, 15.0% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.


be 87.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Gabon, 28.0% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 34.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Gabon, 34.3% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.


be 86.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Gabon, approximately 291.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 13.6% more likely to be literate

In Gabon, the literacy rate is 83.2%. In Mexico, it is 94.5%.

be 73.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Gabon, approximately 44.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

have 46.5% fewer children

In Gabon, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Gabon, 89% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 23.7% more likely to have internet access

In Gabon, approximately 48.1% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.


spend 96.3% more on education

Gabon spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 85.3% more on healthcare

Gabon spends 3.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.


see 10.5 times more coastline

Gabon has a total of 885 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 Gabon? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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