Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.0 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 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 11.8% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 95.7% more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 29.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 74.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 15.8% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Jamaica, it is 88.7% as of 2015.

be 63.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 11.6 children do as of 2020.

have 45.6% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 23.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 41.2% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 89.6% more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 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 Ghana? 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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