Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Barbados instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 3.2 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Barbados, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 45.6% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,600 as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Barbados, that number is 10.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 12.7% less likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 11.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Barbados, on the other hand, 9.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 87.5% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Barbados, about 81.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 46.9% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Barbados spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 21.2% more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to British Virgin Islands? 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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