Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Aruba instead of Barbados, you would:

Health

live 1.4 years longer


In Barbados, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Aruba, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 35.3% more money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in Aruba, the GDP per capita is $25,300.

be 34.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Barbados, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Aruba, that number is 6.9%.

spend 76.1% more on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Aruba, the top tax rate is 59.0%.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have internet access


In Barbados, approximately 79.5% of the population has internet access. In Aruba, about 93.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 27.5% more on education


Barbados spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Aruba spends 6.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 29.4% less coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 km of coastline. In Aruba, that number is 68 km.

Aruba: At a glance

Aruba is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 180 sq km. Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

How big is Aruba compared to Barbados? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Ministerio di Finansas, Comunicacion, Utilidad y Energia.

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