Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Jamaica instead of Bahamas, The, you would:

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In Bahamas, The, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 21.8% less likely to be obese


In Bahamas, The, 31.6% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 70.5% less money


Bahamas, The has a GDP per capita of $31,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 83.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Bahamas, The, 9.3% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

Life

have 17.0% more children


In Bahamas, The, there are approximately 15.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Bahamas, The, 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 43.8% less likely to have internet access


In Bahamas, The, approximately 80.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 29.9% less on healthcare


Bahamas, The spends 7.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 71.1% less coastline


Bahamas, The has a total of 3,542 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 Bahamas, The? 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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