Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.2 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 45.2% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.


be 67.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

spend 28.3% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Mexico, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 47.8% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 54.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.


have 2.1 times more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.


spend 31.5% less on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

spend 29.3% more on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.


see 22.8% more coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 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.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP.


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