Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.9 years longer


In Peru, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


Peru has a GDP per capita of $13,300, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 71.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Peru, 6.7% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


Peru has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 79.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Peru, approximately 68.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 65.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Peru, approximately 18.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 54.5% fewer children


In Peru, there are approximately 17.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 76.5% more likely to have internet access


In Peru, approximately 45.5% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 57.9% more on education


Peru spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 79.2% less coastline


Peru has a total of 2,414 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 Peru? 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, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.

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