Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.2 years less


In New Caledonia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 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 17.0% less likely to be unemployed


In New Caledonia, 14.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

make 70.4% less money


New Caledonia has a GDP per capita of $31,100 as of 2015, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

Life

have 11.0% more children


In New Caledonia, there are approximately 14.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In New Caledonia, approximately 5.0 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.

Basic Needs

be 25.6% less likely to have internet access


In New Caledonia, approximately 74.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

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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