Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 18.2% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

live 5.1 years less

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).


make 10.9% less money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0%.


be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

have 14.0% less children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.1% less likely to have access to electricity

In Jamaica, 93% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 20.7% less likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.


spend 40.7% less on education

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.


see 55.1% less coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Jamaica? 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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