Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Jamaica, you would:


live 6.3 years longer

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 46.6% more likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


make 6.5 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 57.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

be 11.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In United States, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 58.4% more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.


be 84.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 54.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 30.2% less children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.3% more likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.


spend 3.2 times more on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United States, that number is 17.1% of GDP.


see 19.5 times more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

Learn more about United States

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

How big is United States compared to Jamaica? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.