Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Caledonia instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 1.5 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In New Caledonia, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 41.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In New Caledonia, however, that number is 17.0%.

make 15.9% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in New Caledonia, the GDP per capita is $31,100.

be 41.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In New Caledonia, that number is 14.7%.

Life

be 34.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Caledonia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 17.2% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In New Caledonia, there are 15.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 35.0% more likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In New Caledonia, about 74.0% do.

be 35.2% 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 New Caledonia, that number is 59% of people on average (68% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

Geography

see 12.0 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In New Caledonia, that number is 2,254 km.

New Caledonia: At a glance

New Caledonia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,275 sq km. Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island became a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864. Agitation for independence during the 1980s and early 1990s ended in the 1998 Noumea Accord, which over a period of 15 to 20 years will transfer an increasing amount of governing responsibility from France to New Caledonia. The agreement also commits France to conduct a referendum between 2014 and 2018 to decide whether New Caledonia should assume full sovereignty and independence.

How big is New Caledonia 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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