Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.9 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 37.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

make 84.3% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

Life

have 38.3% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.3% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 78% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas).

be 55.1% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

be 13.0% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Geography

see 4.8 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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