Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in El Salvador instead of Panama, you would:


live 3.9 years less

In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).


make 65.0% less money

Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 27.3% more likely to be unemployed

In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

be 42.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.

spend 20.0% more on taxes

Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


be 42.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 69.7% more likely to die during infancy

In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 46.3% less likely to have internet access

In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 15.0% less on healthcare

Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.


see 87.7% less coastline

Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

El Salvador: At a glance

El Salvador is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 20,721 sq km. El Salvador achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and from the Central American Federation in 1839. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.


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