Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Northern Mariana Islands instead of Malaysia, you would:


make 15.8% less money

Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Northern Mariana Islands, the GDP per capita is $24,500 as of 2016.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Northern Mariana Islands, that number is 11.2% as of 2010.


have 17.5% fewer children

In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Northern Mariana Islands, there are 15.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 62.3% less likely to have internet access

In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Northern Mariana Islands, about 30.6% do as of 2016.


see 68.3% less coastline

Malaysia has a total of 4,675 km of coastline. In Northern Mariana Islands, that number is 1,482 km.

Northern Mariana Islands: At a glance

Northern Mariana Islands (sometimes abbreviated CNMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 464 sq km. Under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence but instead to forge closer links with the US. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the US was approved in 1975, and came into force on 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978.

How big is Northern Mariana Islands compared to Malaysia? 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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