Spanish Culture Vs Mexican Culture Essay

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In comparing the Mexican culture and Puerto Rican culture, one can see many similarities and many differences. Both cultures are considered Hispanic or Latino. Mexicans and Puerto Ricans make up the largest group of Hispanics and Latino’s in America, but the Mexicans are 10x more populated than Puerto Ricans. The Infant Mortality Rate for Mexicans is 12.23 for every 1,000 births while it is 7.57 for every 1,000 births for Puerto Ricans. Also, the Life expectancy of Mexican males is 72.6 and females 78 while the Puerto Rican males are 75 and females are 83. The five leading causes of death for Mexicans are diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, stroke, violence, and lung disease. For Puerto Ricans heart disease, malignant neoplasms, diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease, and cerebrovascular diseases are the five leading causes of death.
Population varies between all cultures within the Hispanic and Latino groups. Mexican being the largest is comprised of 31.8 million; make up about 10% of the United States’ total population. Puerto Ricans on the other hand only have about 3 million living on United States’ mainland. Puerto Ricans are different from Mexicans in numerous ways, but a major factor is the fact that Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States. The island of Puerto Rico consists of only 3.2
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Employment is the main reason for both cultures since economic turmoil and poverty is common amongst both cultures. For Mexicans it is harder to access health care and insurance if they are illegal immigrants and therefore suffer more physically and mentally when it comes to health care. Mexicans also have to give up being with their family when searching for employment to support themselves and their families in hopes of escaping poverty. Puerto Ricans, however, have it easier because they can freely travel between the borders of the United States and Puerto

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