Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mexico instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 20.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

live 3.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 18.2% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Mexico, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 66.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

Life

have 46.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 63.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 53.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 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 United States? 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, Internal Revenue Service.

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