Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 5.6 years longer


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 6.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tajikistan, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 73.9% more likely to be obese


In Tajikistan, 14.2% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Tajikistan has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 45.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

spend 92.3% more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 59.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Tajikistan, approximately 31.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Tajikistan, approximately 32.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 11.1% less likely to be literate


In Tajikistan, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

have 23.2% less children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Tajikistan, approximately 20.5% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 27.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tajikistan, approximately 74% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 21.7% less on healthcare


Tajikistan spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

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 Tajikistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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