Comparing United States to Jamaica

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If you lived in Jamaica instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 83% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA ($9,000.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Jamaica, that number is $9,000.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica GDP

LIVE 6.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (73.48 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 73.48.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica life expectancy

CONSUME 91.4% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (1,046 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Jamaica, it is 1,046 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica electricity consumption

BE 2.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (1.7% of people)
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That's 183.3% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.7%.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica AIDS percentage

BE 2.22 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (13.69 per 1000 infants)
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That's 121.9% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, there are a total of 13.69 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica infant mortality

BE 2.23 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (16.3% of people)
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That's 123.3% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Jamaica 16.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica unemployment rate

HAVE 37.2% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (18.41 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Jamaica, however, there are a total of 18.41 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica birth rate

BE 9.3% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (16.5% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Jamaica, 16.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica poverty

SEE A 94.9% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Jamaica  JAMAICA (1,022km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km.
Category: United States vs. Jamaica coastline

At a Glance: Jamaica

  • Land Area: ~11 thousand sq km (United States is ~894 times bigger than Jamaica)
  • Population: ~3 million people (316 million more people live in United States)

How big is Jamaica compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Jamaica (10,991 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).