Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Saint Martin instead of United States, you would:

Economy

make 67.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Saint Martin, the GDP per capita is $19,300.

Basic Needs

be 95.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Saint Martin, about 3.5% do.

Geography

see 99.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Saint Martin, that number is 59 km.

Learn more about Saint Martin

Saint Martin is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 54 sq km. Although sighted by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1493 and claimed for Spain, it was the Dutch who occupied the island in 1631 and set about exploiting its salt deposits. The Spanish retook the island in 1633, but continued to be harassed by the Dutch. The Spanish finally relinquished Saint Martin to the French and Dutch, who divided it between themselves in 1648. Friction between the two sides caused the border to frequently fluctuate over the next two centuries, with the French eventually holding the greater portion of the island (about 57%). The cultivation of sugar cane introduced African slavery to the island in the late 18th century; the practice was not abolished until 1848. The island became a free port in 1939; the tourism industry was dramatically expanded during the 1970s and 1980s. In 2003, the populace of Saint Martin voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the northern portion of the island became a French overseas collectivity. In 2010, the southern Dutch portion of the island became the independent nation of Sint Maarten within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

How big is Saint Martin 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.