Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of American Samoa, you would:

Economy

be 65.1% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

make 17.9% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

be 13.3% more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 57.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In American Samoa, 59% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 43.8% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Geography

see 8.8 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Jamaica, that number is 1,022 km.

Jamaica: At a glance

Jamaica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 10,831 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.

How big is Jamaica compared to American Samoa? 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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