Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 44.4% lower top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 49.5% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 3.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 5.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

have 38.8% more children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

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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