Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.9 years longer


In Nepal, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 13.8 times more money


Nepal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Nepal, 3.0% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 94.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Nepal, approximately 258.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 77.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Nepal, approximately 27.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

be 46.0% more likely to be literate


In Nepal, the literacy rate is 63.9%. In Puerto Rico, it is 93.3%.

have 58.5% less children


In Nepal, there are approximately 19.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.7% more likely to have access to electricity


In Nepal, 76% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 4.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Nepal, approximately 19.7% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.2% more on education


Nepal spends 3.7% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a sovereign country 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 Nepal? 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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