Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mexico instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 98.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mexico, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 12.3 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

make 47.4% more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 87.0% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

spend 22.2% less on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Mexico, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

be 2.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

Life

be 72.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 62.6% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 16.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, 85% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 10.2% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 10.2% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 28.4% less on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 3.3 times more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Mexico, that number is 9,330 km.

Mexico: At a glance

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,943,945 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

How big is Mexico compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP, South African Revenue Service.

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