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. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

live 6.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


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

make 84.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

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


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

Life

have 43.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 68.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

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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