Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 20.4 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

Economy

be 58.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

make 90.0% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 39.6% less likely to have access to electricity


In Virgin Islands, 91% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Cameroon, that number is 55% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 54.4% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 24.4% 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 Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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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