Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Barbados instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 36.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

live 4.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Barbados, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 15.4% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5% as of 2016.

make 68.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,600 as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Barbados, that number is 10.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 42.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Barbados, 27.0 women do as of 2017.

be 81.1% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Barbados, on the other hand, 9.6 children do as of 2020.

Geography

see 99.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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