Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 16.6% less likely to be obese


In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people.

be 6.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Mexico, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Belize, that number is 1.9% of people.

live 7.2 years less


In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

Economy

be 11.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Mexico, 46.2% live below the poverty line. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0%.

make 58.3% less money


Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Mexico, 3.6% of adults are unemployed. In Belize, that number is 10.1%.

Life

be 26.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Mexico, approximately 38.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belize, 28.0 women do.

have 31.1% more children


In Mexico, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Belize, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 62.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Mexico, approximately 11.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 25.0% less likely to have internet access


In Mexico, approximately 59.5% of the population has internet access. In Belize, about 44.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.6% more on education


Mexico spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 95.9% less coastline


Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize compared to Mexico? 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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