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


be 26.6% less likely to be obese

In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people as of 2016.


pay a 80.0% lower top tax rate

Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0% as of 2016.

make 54.7% less money

Mexico has a GDP per capita of $20,300 as of 2022, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2022.

be 63.4% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Mexico, 36.3% live below the poverty line as of 2022. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3% as of 2014.


have 49.7% more children

In Mexico, there are approximately 14.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Guatemala, there are 21.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 62.7% more likely to die during childbirth

In Mexico, approximately 59.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Guatemala, 96.0 women do as of 2020.

be 12.5% less likely to be literate

In Mexico, the literacy rate is 95.2% as of 2020. In Guatemala, it is 83.3% as of 2021.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Mexico, approximately 11.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 26.2 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 32.9% less likely to have internet access

In Mexico, approximately 76.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Guatemala, about 51.0% do as of 2021.


spend 27.9% less on education

Mexico spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Guatemala spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2021.


see 95.7% less coastline

Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.
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