Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Christmas Island instead of United States, you would:

Basic Needs

be 53.0% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Christmas Island, about 35.8% do.

Geography

see 99.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Christmas Island, that number is 139 km.

Learn more about Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 135 sq km. Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888 with the discovery of the island's phosphate deposits. Following the Second World War, Christmas Island came under the jurisdiction of the new British Colony of Singapore. The island existed as a separate Crown colony from 1 January 1958 to 1 October 1958 when its transfer to Australian jurisdiction was finalized. That date is still celebrated on the first Monday in October as Territory Day. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.

How big is Christmas Island 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.