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. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people.

live 4.5 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 15.4% less on taxes


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

make 68.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

Life

be 92.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 75.9% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

Expenditures

spend 56.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.5% less coastline


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

Learn more about Barbados

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.