Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Barbados instead of El Salvador, you would:


be 2.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.


make 2.1 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 50.0% more likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 11.7% more on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.


be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 39.3% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

have 27.8% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.7 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.


spend 45.7% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 10.3% more on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.


see 68.4% less coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to El Salvador? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.


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