Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.4 years longer


In Malaysia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 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 35.4% more money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

pay a 17.9% higher top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 27.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

be 47.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Malaysia, approximately 11.4 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 56.3% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 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 13.1% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 29.8% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Puerto Rico spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 89.3% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 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 Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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