Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of New Caledonia, you would:

Health

live 4.2 years less


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

Economy

be 29.3% less likely to be unemployed


In New Caledonia, 14.7% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

make 70.4% less money


New Caledonia has a GDP per capita of $31,100, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

have 19.3% more children


In New Caledonia, there are approximately 15.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In New Caledonia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 57.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In New Caledonia, 59% of people have electricity access (68% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 39.2% less likely to have internet access


In New Caledonia, approximately 74.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Geography

see 54.7% less coastline


New Caledonia has a total of 2,254 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 New Caledonia? 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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