Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 59.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

live 6.2 years longer


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 69.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 52.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 76.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 61.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 11.6 children do as of 2020.

have 40.8% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 75.4% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of people have electricity access (78% in urban areas, and 39% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

be 41.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 90.7% more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 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 Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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