Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 60.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

live 11.1 years longer


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 2.9 times more likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


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

be 25.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes


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

Life

be 77.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 67.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

be 13.9% more likely to be literate


In Tanzania, the literacy rate is 77.9%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

have 49.7% less children


In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tanzania, 24% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 68.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 54.3% more on education


Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 28.2% less coastline


Tanzania has a total of 1,424 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 Tanzania? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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