Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of Sao Tome and Principe, you would:


live 14.1 years longer

In Sao Tome and Principe, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women). In Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).


make 11.6 times more money

Sao Tome and Principe has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 14.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Sao Tome and Principe, 12.2% of adults are unemployed. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4%.

be 56.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sao Tome and Principe, 66.2% live below the poverty line. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9%.


be 82.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 45.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

have 60.5% fewer children

In Sao Tome and Principe, there are approximately 32.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Virgin Islands, there are 12.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Sao Tome and Principe, 59% of people have electricity access (70% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas). In Virgin Islands, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 25.8% of the population has internet access. In Virgin Islands, about 54.8% do.


see 10.0% less coastline

Sao Tome and Principe has a total of 209 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 Sao Tome and Principe? 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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