Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.7 years longer


In Iraq, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 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 2.4 times more money


Iraq has a GDP per capita of $16,700 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 32.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Iraq, 16.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

pay a 2.2 times higher top tax rate


Iraq has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 73.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Iraq, approximately 79.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

be 84.4% more likely to be literate


In Iraq, the literacy rate is 50.1% as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, it is 92.4% as of 2017.

be 69.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Iraq, approximately 19.5 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 68.9% fewer children


In Iraq, there are approximately 25.7 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 43.0% more likely to have internet access


In Iraq, approximately 49.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 8.6 times more coastline


Iraq has a total of 58 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 Iraq? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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