Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of Nicaragua, you would:


live 5.9 years longer

In Nicaragua, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).


make 6.4 times more money

Nicaragua has a GDP per capita of $5,800, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 60.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Nicaragua, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4%.


be 56.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Nicaragua, approximately 18.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

have 27.7% fewer children

In Nicaragua, there are approximately 17.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Virgin Islands, there are 12.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 16.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Nicaragua, 78% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas). In Virgin Islands, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Nicaragua, approximately 24.6% of the population has internet access. In Virgin Islands, about 54.8% do.

be 14.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Nicaragua, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Virgin Islands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


see 79.3% less coastline

Nicaragua has a total of 910 km of coastline. In Virgin Islands, that number is 188 km.

Virgin Islands: At a glance

Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated USVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 346 sq km. The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

How big is Virgin Islands compared to Nicaragua? 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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