Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

live 22.3 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 23.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $37,300.

be 26.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Puerto Rico, that number is 11.5%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


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

Life

be 99.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Puerto Rico, 14.0 women do.

be 94.0% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Puerto Rico, it is 93.3%.

be 90.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.4 children do.

have 77.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 6.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Puerto Rico, about 80.3% do.

be 49.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Puerto Rico, that number is 94% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Puerto Rico spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 24.6% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 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 Sierra Leone? 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, National Revenue Authority.

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