Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.1 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 73.1% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

Life

have 61.3% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 14.3% less on education


British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 12.8 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 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 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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