Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.2 years longer


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 3.7 times more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 61.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 3.3 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 40.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

be 55.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

have 53.7% less children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

be 72.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Libya, approximately 54% of people have improved drinking water access (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 94% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Geography

see 71.7% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 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 Libya? 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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