Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.1 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 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 53.5% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 15.0% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900 as of 2017.

be 12.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7% as of 2014.

be 4.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 23.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 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 31.0% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 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 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Costa Rica, about 74.1% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 15.1% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 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 Palau? 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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