Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.9 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

Economy

make 75.7% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belize, that number is 10.1%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Belize, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 56.2% more likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 12.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

Expenditures

spend 17.5% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 4.8 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize 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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