Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 2.1 years longer


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 46.9% more money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 32.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 85.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 35.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 54.7% less children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 48.7% more likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 87.5% more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 79.9% less coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 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 Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.

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