Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Mexico, you would:

Health

live 2.5 years longer


In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 11.1% less likely to be obese


In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 53.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Mexico, 46.2% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7% as of 2014.

pay a 57.1% lower top tax rate


Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 15.1% less money


Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900 as of 2017, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Mexico, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 18.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Mexico, approximately 33.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Costa Rica, 27.0 women do as of 2017.

be 29.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Mexico, approximately 10.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 7.5 children do as of 2020.

have 15.9% fewer children


In Mexico, there are approximately 17.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Costa Rica, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.7% more likely to have internet access


In Mexico, approximately 65.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Costa Rica, about 74.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 51.0% more on education


Mexico spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Costa Rica spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 86.2% less coastline


Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Mexico? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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