Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.1 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 8.4 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

pay a 32.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 93.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

be 20.6% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Puerto Rico, it is 92.4% as of 2017.

be 81.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.0 children do as of 2020.

have 73.0% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 26.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 81.0% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 69.4% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Puerto Rico spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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 Ghana? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, Ghana Revenue Authority.

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