Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Vanuatu instead of Guam, you would:


live 2.3 years less

In Guam, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women). In Vanuatu, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 62.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Guam, 4.5% of adults are unemployed. In Vanuatu, that number is 1.7%.

make 92.4% less money

Guam has a GDP per capita of $35,600, while in Vanuatu, the GDP per capita is $2,700.


have 21.8% more children

In Guam, there are approximately 19.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Vanuatu, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Guam, approximately 12.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 14.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% less likely to have access to electricity

In Guam, 59% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Vanuatu, that number is 27% of people on average (55% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas).

be 68.8% less likely to have internet access

In Guam, approximately 77.0% of the population has internet access. In Vanuatu, about 24.0% do.


see 20.1 times more coastline

Guam has a total of 126 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Vanuatu: At a glance

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu compared to Guam? 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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