Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.4 years longer


In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 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 15.8 times more money


Yemen has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 60.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

pay a 2.2 times higher top tax rate


Yemen has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 87.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Yemen, approximately 164.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

be 31.8% more likely to be literate


In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1% as of 2015. In Puerto Rico, it is 92.4% as of 2017.

be 85.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Yemen, approximately 41.9 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 69.0% fewer children


In Yemen, there are approximately 25.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Yemen, approximately 47% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Yemen, approximately 26.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 73.7% less coastline


Yemen has a total of 1,906 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 Yemen? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Yemen Tax Authority, The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury.

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