Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.0 years less


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

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

spend 44.4% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 44.9% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 5.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

Life

have 45.5% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 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 China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 15.4% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Geography

see 93.0% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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