Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.5 years longer


In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 87.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 70.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 65.8% less children


In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 44.7% more likely to have internet access


In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education


Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 98.6% less coastline


Philippines has a total of 36,289 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 Philippines? 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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