United States compared to Jamaica

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make 84.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Jamaica Jamaica ($9,000 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,000.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - GDP Per Capita

live 6.2 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Jamaica Jamaica (73.6 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 73.6 years.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Life Expectancy

consume 92.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Jamaica Jamaica (942 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Jamaica, that number is 942 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Electricity Consumption

have 44% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Jamaica Jamaica (18 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, that number is 18 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Birth Rate

be 2.3 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Jamaica Jamaica (13.1 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 13.1 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Infant Mortality

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Jamaica Jamaica (13.8% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 13.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Unemployment

see 94.9% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Jamaica Jamaica (1,022 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Jamaica, that number is 1,022 km.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Jamaica

Jamaica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 10,991 sq km. The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

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