Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of Hong Kong, you would:


live 3.6 years less

In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women). In Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).


make 39.7% less money

Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $61,400, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4%.

be 45.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9%.


have 43.8% more children

In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Virgin Islands, there are 12.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 35.5% less likely to have internet access

In Hong Kong, approximately 85.0% of the population has internet access. In Virgin Islands, about 54.8% do.


see 74.4% less coastline

Hong Kong has a total of 733 km of coastline. In Virgin Islands, that number is 188 km.

Virgin Islands: At a glance

Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated USVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 346 sq km. The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

How big is Virgin Islands compared to Hong Kong? 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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