Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.3 years less


In Puerto Rico, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

make 78.0% less money


Puerto Rico has a GDP per capita of $37,300, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

Life

have 90.1% more children


In Puerto Rico, there are approximately 8.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 16.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Puerto Rico, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 4.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Puerto Rico, approximately 6.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In Puerto Rico, 91% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 55.5% less likely to have internet access


In Puerto Rico, approximately 80.3% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 46.7% less on education


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

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Puerto Rico? 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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