Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 31.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

live 5.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 36.9% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 84.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 13.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

have 29.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times 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 Jamaica, on the other hand, 11.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 36.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 94.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 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 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, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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