Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 84.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 17.9 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900 as of 2017.

be 77.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1% as of 2017.

be 53.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7% as of 2014.

Life

be 92.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Costa Rica, 27.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.9% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Costa Rica, it is 97.9% as of 2018.

be 85.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 7.5 children do as of 2020.

have 54.6% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Costa Rica, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 76.7% more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Costa Rica, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 8.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Costa Rica, about 74.1% do as of 2018.

be 19.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 60.9% more on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Costa Rica spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 7.6 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Congo, Republic of the? 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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