Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in British Virgin Islands instead of United States, you would:

Health

live 1.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In British Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 34.1% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 2.9%.

make 42.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in British Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $34,200.

Life

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In British Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 12.1 children do.

have 11.2% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In British Virgin Islands, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 42.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In British Virgin Islands, about 43.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 26.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 99.6% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 80 km.

Learn more about British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated BVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 151 sq km. First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

How big is British Virgin Islands 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.