Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 26.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

live 13.9 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 35.3% more money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 66.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 63.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 78.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.5% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Jamaica, it is 88.7% as of 2015.

be 77.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 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.

have 50.6% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 73.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 6.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

be 14.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 17.4% more on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 6.0 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 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 Congo, Republic of the? 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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