Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of United States, you would:
live 1.0 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.
pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.
make 34.1% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.
be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed
In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.
be 13.2% more likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.0 children do as of 2020.
have 35.5% fewer children
In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 19.1% less likely to have internet access
In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.
spend 22.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Puerto Rico spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
see 97.5% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.
Puerto Rico: At a glance
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