Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Jamaica instead of United States, you would:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
see 94.9% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Jamaica, that number is 1,022 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.
Jamaica: At a glance
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