Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bolivia instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 9.9 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Bolivia, that number is 70 years (67 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 61.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bolivia, that number is 4.0%.

make 79.7% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Bolivia, the GDP per capita is $7,500.

be 33.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Bolivia, however, that number is 38.6%.

Life

have 71.9% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Bolivia, there are 22.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bolivia, on the other hand, 35.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.6% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Bolivia, about 39.7% do.

be 10.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Bolivia, that number is 90% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Bolivia: At a glance

Bolivia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,083,301 sq km. Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority. In December 2009, President MORALES easily won reelection, and his party took control of the legislative branch of the government, which will allow him to continue his process of change. In October 2011, the country held its first judicial elections to select judges for the four highest courts.

How big is Bolivia compared to Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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