Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 12.5% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Barbados, 1.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

live 1.8 years less


In Barbados, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

spend 25.4% less on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 50.8% less money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

have 53.0% more children


In Barbados, there are approximately 11.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Barbados, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 25.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Barbados, approximately 10.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 43.4% less likely to have internet access


In Barbados, approximately 79.5% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 28.0% less on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 10.5 times more coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 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 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, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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