Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Jamaica, you would:

Health

be 77.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 5.0 years longer


In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 83.7% more money


Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 22.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes


Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 26.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

Life

be 71.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 10.3% more likely to be literate


In Jamaica, the literacy rate is 88.7%. In Costa Rica, it is 97.8%.

be 37.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

have 13.4% less children


In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 46.7% more likely to have internet access


In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.5% more on education


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 72.2% more on healthcare


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 26.2% more coastline


Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Jamaica? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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