Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.3 years longer


In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 18.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Philippines, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 3.9 times more likely to be obese


In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 10.8% more money


Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 20.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 21.9% less on taxes


Philippines has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

be 82.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

Life

be 21.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 40.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 24.5% less children


In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% less likely to have internet access


In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 100.0% more on education


Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.9% more on healthcare


Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.2% less coastline


Philippines has a total of 36,289 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 Philippines? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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