Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 99.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Mexico, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 11.9 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Mexico, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 46.3% more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900 as of 2017.

be 87.6% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mexico, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

pay a 22.2% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Mexico, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

be 2.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2% as of 2014.

Life

be 72.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mexico, 33.0 women do as of 2017.

be 61.5% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mexico, on the other hand, 10.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Mexico, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 17.1% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mexico, about 65.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 21.0% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Mexico spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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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