Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.2 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.7 times more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 38.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.0 children do as of 2020.

have 29.2% fewer children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 96.1% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 67.0% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a territory 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 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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