Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

spend 30.5% less on taxes


Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 26.0% less money


Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 88.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.4% less likely to have internet access


In Germany, approximately 89.6% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.4% more on education


Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 79.0% less coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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