Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 23.1 years longer


In Chad, the average life expectancy is 51 years (49 years for men, 52 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 38.5% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Chad, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In Chad, 6.1% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 4.0 times more money


Chad has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 63.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Chad, 46.7% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 58.3% less on taxes


Chad has a top tax rate of 60.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 89.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Chad, approximately 856.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 4.0 times more likely to be literate


In Chad, the literacy rate is 22.3%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

be 85.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Chad, approximately 85.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 49.7% less children


In Chad, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 23.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Chad, 4% of people have electricity access (14% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 9.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Chad, approximately 5.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 84.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Chad, approximately 51% of people have improved drinking water access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 86.2% more on education


Chad spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 50.0% more on healthcare


Chad spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

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 Chad? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica, General Inspectorate of Finance.

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