Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 16.0 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Montserrat, that number is 75 years (76 years for men, 73 years for women).

Economy

make 21.2 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Montserrat, the GDP per capita is $34,000.

be 38.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Montserrat, that number is 5.6%.

Life

be 82.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Montserrat, on the other hand, 12.3 children do.

have 70.2% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Montserrat, there are 10.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Montserrat, about 54.6% do.

be 58.1% 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 Montserrat, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 75.9% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Montserrat spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 90.0% less coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Montserrat, that number is 40 km.

Montserrat: At a glance

Montserrat is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 102 sq km. English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid 19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995. Montserrat has endured volcanic activity since, with the last eruption occurring in July 2003.

How big is Montserrat 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.

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