Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.5% less likely to be obese


In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

be 9.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Mexico, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

live 1.5 years less


In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 63.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Mexico, 46.2% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

pay a 28.6% lower top tax rate


Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 53.8% less money


Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Mexico, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 2.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Mexico, approximately 33.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 16.3% less likely to have internet access


In Mexico, approximately 65.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 10.2% more on education


Mexico spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 89.0% less coastline


Mexico has a total of 9,330 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 Mexico? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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