Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Uruguay, you would:

Health

live 3.4 years longer


In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 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.

Economy

make 75.9% more money


Uruguay has a GDP per capita of $22,400 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 42.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Uruguay, 7.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

pay a 10.0% higher top tax rate


Uruguay has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 23.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Uruguay, approximately 7.8 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.

be 23.5% more likely to die during childbirth


In Uruguay, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

have 38.0% fewer children


In Uruguay, there are approximately 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 24.5% more on education


Uruguay spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Puerto Rico spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 24.1% less coastline


Uruguay has a total of 660 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 Uruguay? 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, Dirección General Impositiva.

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