Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.7 years longer


In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 21.5% less likely to be obese


In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 27.6% more money


Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 50.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Mexico, 46.2% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

spend 28.6% less on taxes


Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

be 52.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Mexico, 3.6% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

Life

be 14.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Mexico, approximately 11.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Mexico, approximately 38.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 39.6% less on education


Mexico spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 27.0% more on healthcare


Mexico spends 6.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 73.3% less coastline


Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

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


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

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