Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Palau instead of Marshall Islands, you would:


make 4.8 times more money

Marshall Islands has a GDP per capita of $3,400, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

be 95.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Marshall Islands, 36.0% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.


be 45.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Marshall Islands, approximately 19.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

have 53.7% fewer children

In Marshall Islands, there are approximately 24.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.8% more likely to have internet access

In Marshall Islands, approximately 29.8% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.


spend 47.4% less on healthcare

Marshall Islands spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 4.1 times more coastline

Marshall Islands has a total of 370 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau compared to Marshall Islands? 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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