Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Jamaica instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

live 15.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 28.6% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 5.8 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 75.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes


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

be 14.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

Life

be 93.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 84.4% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

be 81.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 50.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 49.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 51.4% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

spend 86.2% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 2.5 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 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 Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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