Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.9 years longer

In India, the average life expectancy is 69 years (68 years for men, 70 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 9.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In India, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 6.3 times more likely to be obese

In India, 3.9% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.


make 27.8% more money

India has a GDP per capita of $7,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 21.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In India, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 29.7% less on taxes

India has a top tax rate of 35.5%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

be 18.2% more likely to be unemployed

In India, 8.8% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.


be 48.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In India, approximately 174.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 24.6% more likely to be literate

In India, the literacy rate is 71.2%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

be 67.3% less likely to die during infancy

In India, approximately 39.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 17.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In India, 79% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 52.5% more likely to have internet access

In India, approximately 29.5% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.


spend 42.1% more on education

India spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.9% more on healthcare

India spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.


see 85.4% less coastline

India has a total of 7,000 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 India? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.


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