Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 6.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Peru, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 25.4% more likely to be obese

In Peru, 19.7% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.


be 24.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Peru, 22.7% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes

Peru has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 30.8% less money

Peru has a GDP per capita of $13,300, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 55.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Peru, 6.7% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.


be 30.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Peru, approximately 18.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

be 30.9% more likely to die during childbirth

In Peru, approximately 68.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.


spend 42.1% more on education

Peru spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.


see 57.7% less coastline

Peru has a total of 2,414 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 Peru? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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