Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.3 years longer


In Guyana, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


Guyana has a GDP per capita of $8,200, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

Life

be 93.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Guyana, approximately 229.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 78.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Guyana, approximately 30.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 47.4% fewer children


In Guyana, there are approximately 15.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.2% more likely to have access to electricity


In Guyana, 79% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Guyana, approximately 35.7% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 87.5% more on education


Guyana spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

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 Guyana? 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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