Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Economy

be 22.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 24.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

make 54.3% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

Life

have 21.1% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.4% more likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Geography

see 6.9 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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