Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Puerto Rico, you would:


live 0.9 years less

In Puerto Rico, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).


make 59.5% more money

Puerto Rico has a GDP per capita of $37,300, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 61.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Puerto Rico, 11.5% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

spend 20.0% more on taxes

Puerto Rico has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.


have 54.3% more children

In Puerto Rico, there are approximately 8.1 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 16.7% less on education

Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of its total GDP on education. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.


see 39.8 times more coastline

Puerto Rico has a total of 501 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

United States: At a glance

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

How big is United States 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, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.


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