Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.8 years longer


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 52.1% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 35.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tuvalu, 26.3% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

Life

be 55.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 24.5% less children


In Tuvalu, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of people have electricity access (57% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 42.6 times more coastline


Tuvalu has a total of 24 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 Tuvalu? 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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