The Human Truth Foundation

Which are the Best Caribbean Countries?

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#human_development #USA

Social & Moral
Development Index
1,2
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank1,2
1Barbados74.5
2Cuba76.2
3Trinidad & Tobago76.4
4Jamaica83.1
5Dominican Rep.85.5
6Bahamas89.3
7St Lucia91.9
8Antigua & Barbuda93.5
9Dominica94.7
10St Vincent & Grenadines95.0
The Caribbean Avg89.6
World Avg86.4
q=13.

A popular tourist and recreation destination, much of the public face of the Caribbean is scenic and centered on tourism, despite setbacks caused by occassional destructive weather events. Social problems arise from much of the Caribbean being part of established narcotics trade routes between South America and the USA.

There are 29 locations that fall within this category. By adding up all the known populations that fall within these locations, and summing their physical land areas, we can calculate population densities. Some islands and territories can end up being counted twice depending on how they are classified and divided up politically, but, mostly such errors involve only small populations. So, some data on this collection of countries in total:


1. Basic Stats and Demographics

#economics #human_development #population

Pos.Population (2018)
Population3
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank1,2
Gross National
Income (2011)
Higher is better
PPP $4
UN HDI (2016)
Lower is better

Rank5
Land Area (2011)
km26
People
Per km2
Lower is better
1Cuba11.3m76.2$7 45568 106 440 107
2Haiti11.1m112.9$1 657163 27 560 404
3Dominican Rep.10.6m85.5$12 75699 48 320 220
4Jamaica2.9m83.1$8 35094 10 830 271
5Trinidad & Tobago1.4m76.4$28 04965 5 130 271
6Bahamas0.4m89.3$21 56558 10 010 39
7Barbados0.3m74.5$14 95254 430 667
8St Lucia0.2m91.9$9 79192 610 298
9Grenada0.1m95.8$11 50279 340 328
10St Vincent & Grenadines0.1m95.0$10 37299 390 283
11Antigua & Barbuda96 28693.5$20 90762 440 219
12Dominica71 62594.7$10 09696 750 96
13St Kitts & Nevis52 44196.1$22 43674 260 202
The Caribbean Avg3.0m89.6$13 83884.8 12 339 241
World Avg39.0m86.4$17 24094.3 620 450 63
q=13.

Not showing due to lack of data: St Barthelemy. This page only shows places where the database has enough data to be able to come to reasonable conclusions about each place. The main focus is on nation states, but, some distinct external territories may be listed if the database has enough information about them. Averages are calculated from as many valid data points as possible, meaning, that some territories and locations that are not listed above may still be used to calculate some of the average values. Some calculations only use Independent State data - hover the cursor over values to see hints.

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2. Emigration and Immigration

#emigration #immigration #migration #the_caribbean

Pos.Immigrants (2017)
%7
Emigrants (2010)
%8
1Antigua & Barbuda28.1%47.6%
2Bahamas15.6%12.8%
3St Kitts & Nevis13.7%61.1%
4Barbados12.1%41.0%
5Dominica9.2%104.8%
The Caribbean Avg8.1%37.5%
q=13.

The countries in The Caribbean with the highest percent of immigrants in their populations are Antigua & Barbuda (28.1%), Bahamas (15.6%) and St Kitts & Nevis (13.7%), although the average for The Caribbean is 8%. The highest rates of emigration are seen in Dominica (104.8%), Grenada (65.5%) and St Kitts & Nevis (61.1%), with a regional average of 37% who have crossed a national border to live elsewhere.

For full stats and comparisons, see: Which Caribbean Country Has the Most Immigrants Or Emigrants?.

3. Social and Moral Development

#education #equality #health #human_development #human_rights #modernity #morals #politics #prejudice #technology #the_internet #tolerance

Here are each country's overall scores across the categories that make up the Social and Moral Development Index. This is followed by lists of how each country scores in each individual data set.

Pos.Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank1,2
Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank9,10
Health (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank11,10
Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank12
Demographics (2020)13
1Barbados74.593.687.148.0
2Cuba76.289.876.471.2
3Trinidad & Tobago76.483.990.662.9
4Jamaica83.164.6100.380.6
5Dominican Rep.85.580.4109.868.3
6Bahamas89.3115.587.568.6
7St Lucia91.9117.884.466.6
8Antigua & Barbuda93.5123.577.792.8
9Dominica94.7115.889.283.3
10St Vincent & Grenadines95.0103.893.995.5
11Grenada95.8138.890.570.5
12St Kitts & Nevis96.1150.389.3
13Haiti112.990.1110.8119.5
The Caribbean Avg89.6105.291.377.3
World Avg86.489.892.369.0
q=13.

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#antisemitism #equality #freedom #gender #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #mass_media #misogyny #politics #slavery #tolerance #women

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway9. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine9.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice and LGBT equality. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe9, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia9.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Pos.HRW (2017)
Score14
Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)
Higher is better
Treaties15
HR Treaties Lag (2019)
Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty16
Personal, Civil & Economic Freedom (2014)
Lower is better
Rank17
Press Freedom (2013)
Lower is better18
Slavery (2018)
Lower is better

% Victims19
1Antigua & Barbuda1312.76
2Bahamas1113.9348
3Barbados119.94850.27
4Cuba-6117.8071640.38
5Dominica1211.14
6Dominican Rep.1410.246328340.40
7Grenada713.86
8Haiti-21212.616124090.56
9Jamaica147.61609880.26
10St Kitts & Nevis915.00
11St Lucia614.11
12St Vincent & Grenadines159.98
13Trinidad & Tobago1212.267923120.30
The Caribbean Avg-4.011.311.6366.031410.36
World Avg-1.915.110.0279.732490.65
q=13. No data: 1620

Gender Equality:

Pos.Gender Inequality (2015)21Year Women Can Vote
Lower is better
Year
1Antigua & Barbuda1951
2Bahamas0.361963
3Barbados0.291950
4Cuba0.301934
5Dominica1951
6Dominican Rep.0.471942
7Grenada1951
8Haiti0.591950
9Jamaica0.421944
10St Kitts & Nevis1951
11St Lucia0.351924
12St Vincent & Grenadines1951
13Trinidad & Tobago0.321946
The Caribbean Avg0.391947
World Avg0.361930
q=13. No data: 1620

Prejudice:

Pos.Anti-Semite Opinions (2014)
%22
LGBT Equality (2017)
Higher is better

Score23
1Antigua & Barbuda-10
2Bahamas10
3Barbados-10
4Cuba25
5Dominica-5
6Dominican Rep.4125
7Grenada-5
8Haiti2615
9Jamaica18-5
10St Kitts & Nevis-25
11St Lucia-9
12St Vincent & Grenadines-10
13Trinidad & Tobago24-10
The Caribbean Avg27.3-01.1
World Avg36.812.6
q=13. No data: 1620

5. Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #vaccines

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Hong Kong, Singapore and The Maldives11. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea11.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and Europe11, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia11.

Health:

Pos.Life
Expectancy (2015)

Years4
Alcohol Consumption (2016)
Lower is better

Per Capita24
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
25
Smoking Rates (2014)
Lower is better
26
Suicide Rate (2013)
Per 100k27
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
Overweight Adults (2016)
Lower is better
%29
1Antigua & Barbuda76.247.0 36212448.0
2Bahamas75.564.41.88 3012.515564.4
3Barbados75.779.61.57 3337.310352.4
4Cuba79.576.11.451 39224.558.5
5Dominica77.858.211160.3
6Dominican Rep.73.656.92.51 2454.68161.2
7Grenada73.569.32.18 224013351.4
8Haiti63.125.83.19 114011554.9
9Jamaica75.824.22.28 59314755.5
10St Kitts & Nevis73.989.452.3
11St Lucia75.209.91.93 2324.915148.1
12St Vincent & Grenadines73.048.22.01 3387.316255.0
13Trinidad & Tobago70.528.41.63 9721.715246.0
The Caribbean Avg74.147.52.06 3858.09130.454.5
World Avg71.276.22.81 81920.9382.049.0
q=13. No data: 1620

Children's Health:

Pos.Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)
Per 100021
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)
Higher is better

Avg %30
1Antigua & Barbuda44.898.0
2Bahamas29.696.2
3Barbados40.792.1
4Cuba45.697.9
5Dominica97.1
6Dominican Rep.97.986.3
7Grenada30.595.2
8Haiti39.365.7
9Jamaica59.790.9
10St Kitts & Nevis96.3
11St Lucia53.998.2
12St Vincent & Grenadines51.097.2
13Trinidad & Tobago31.591.4
The Caribbean Avg47.792.5
World Avg47.988.3
q=13. No data: 1620

6. Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #it_security #maths #politics #religion #research #science #the_internet

Modernity and Education:

Pos.Research and Development (2016)
% RDP PPP
Secondary Education (2018)
Higher is better
31
Length of Schooling (2018)
Higher is better

Years32
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)
Higher is better

Score33
Religiosity (2009)
Lower is better

%34
IQ (2006)
Higher is better35
1Antigua & Barbuda12.591
2Bahamas88.4%12.8114
3Barbados92.9%15.235
4Cuba0.473687.4%14.485
5Dominica13.051
6Dominican Rep.56.6%14.112210188782
7Grenada16.622
8Haiti33.2%9.513267
9Jamaica66.3%13.17771
10St Kitts & Nevis13.6
11St Lucia46.0%13.954
12St Vincent & Grenadines13.697
13Trinidad & Tobago0.053773.4%13.093126985
14Puerto Rico0.4436
The Caribbean Avg0.3268.0%13.580.7114487.078.0
World Avg0.8463.0%13.282.0138975.185.6
q=14. No data: 1538

Technology and Information:

Pos.Internet Users (2016)39Internet Freedom (2012)
Lower is better
40
IT Security (2013)
Lower is better
41
IPv6 Uptake (2017)
Higher is better

Ratio42
1Antigua & Barbuda65%0.0
2Bahamas85%0.0
3Barbados80%0.0
4Cuba32%860.0
5Dominica66%0.0
6Dominican Rep.52%1.1
7Grenada39%0.0
8Haiti12%
9Jamaica43%0.0
10St Kitts & Nevis66%0.6
11St Lucia59%0.0
12St Vincent & Grenadines60%0.0
13Trinidad & Tobago69%14.5
14British Virgin Islands1.08
15Cayman Islands74%0.0
16Puerto Rico83%0.2
17US Virgin Islands54%0.0
18Aruba88%0.0
The Caribbean Avg60.4%86.01.081.03
World Avg48.1%46.70.983.82
q=18. No data: 1143

7. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

Pos.Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
44
Corruption (2012-2016)
Higher is better

Avg Score45
Happiness (2018)
Higher is better
46
Creativity and Culture (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
1Antigua & Barbuda74139
2Bahamas69.852127
3Barbados71.51832
4Cuba46.8
5Dominica58.373104
6Dominican Rep.35.7531.45.312576
7Grenada56.050155
8Haiti4518.83.69253
9Jamaica20.538.85.986146
10St Lucia68.324125
11St Vincent & Grenadines61.543144
12Trinidad & Tobago1037.86.27128
13Puerto Rico29
The Caribbean Avg28.0550.805.2464.4102.6
World Avg68.118589743589743.055.3882.082.0
q=13. No data: 1647

8. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Pos.Global Peace Index (2012)48Peacekeeping and Security (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)
Lower is better

Rank28
Impact of Terrorism (2019)
Lower is better

Score49
1Antigua & Barbuda103131
2Bahamas94148
3Barbados126103
4Cuba1.95
5Dominica137116
6Dominican Rep.2.07129510.18
7Grenada62152
8Haiti2.181441402.18
9Jamaica2.2274860.47
10St Lucia139157
11St Vincent & Grenadines142134
12Trinidad & Tobago2.081161360.02
The Caribbean Avg2.10115.1123.10.71
World Avg2.0282.082.02.78
q=12. No data: 1750

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Pos.Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)
%51
Environmental Performance (2018)
Higher is better
52
Energy to GDP Efficiency (2014)
Higher is better53
CBD
Earlier is better

Signed
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)
Higher is better
%54
1Antigua & Barbuda-04.959.21993 Dec 29
2Bahamas00.055.01993 Dec 29
3Barbados00.055.81994 Mar 10
4Cuba56.963.41994 Jun 06
5Dominica-13.359.41994 Jul 05
6Dominican Rep.79.564.716.951997 Feb 2350.2%
7Grenada00.050.91994 Nov 09
8Haiti-16.433.71996 Dec 2410.0%
9Jamaica-02.758.608.061995 Apr 06
10St Kitts & Nevis00.01993 Dec 29
11St Lucia-06.956.21993 Dec 29
12St Vincent & Grenadines08.066.51996 Sep 01
13Trinidad & Tobago-02.667.402.071996 Oct 3074.5%
The Caribbean Avg07.557.609.031899 Dec 3044.9%
World Avg02.856.409.291899 Dec 3039.9%
q=13. No data: 1620

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #poverty #social_development

Pos.Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)55Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)
Lower is better
%56
Multidimensional Poverty (2018)
Lower is better
Severity57
1Bahamas6.80
2Barbados8.70.009
3Cuba5.10
4Dominican Rep.17.0045.7.015
5Grenada11.20
6Haiti32.2041.1.200
7Jamaica10.00.018
8St Lucia10.6051.2.007
9St Vincent & Grenadines11.30
10Trinidad & Tobago14.90.002
The Caribbean Avg12.7846.0.042
World Avg14.5938.1.154
q=10. No data: 1958

11. Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

Pos.Population (2018)
Population3
Life
Expectancy (2015)
Higher is better

Years4
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
25
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)
Lower is better

Per 10059
1Antigua & Barbuda96 28676.2419.0
2Bahamas0.4m75.561.8822.4
3Barbados0.3m75.771.5735.6
4Cuba11.3m79.571.4536.2
5Dominica71 62577.85
6Dominican Rep.10.6m73.652.5115.6
7Grenada0.1m73.562.1816.2
8Haiti11.1m63.123.1909.6
9Jamaica2.9m75.822.2821.0
10St Kitts & Nevis52 44173.98
11St Lucia0.2m75.201.9319.9
12St Vincent & Grenadines0.1m73.042.0119.7
13Trinidad & Tobago1.4m70.521.6321.9
The Caribbean Avg3.0m74.142.0621.6
World Avg39.0m71.272.8118.3
q=13. No data: 1620

Migration:

Pos.Immigrants (2017)
%7
Emigrants (2010)
%8
1Antigua & Barbuda28.1%47.6%
2Bahamas15.6%12.8%
3Barbados12.1%41.0%
4Cuba0.1%10.9%
5Dominica9.2%104.8%
6Dominican Rep.3.9%10.1%
7Grenada6.6%65.5%
8Haiti0.4%9.9%
9Jamaica0.8%36.1%
10St Kitts & Nevis13.7%61.1%
11St Lucia7.2%23.3%
12St Vincent & Grenadines4.2%37.7%
13Trinidad & Tobago3.7%26.7%
The Caribbean Avg8.1%37.5%
World Avg9.4%11.5%
q=13. No data: 1620

12. Religion and Beliefs

#belief #buddhism #christianity #folk_religion #god #hinduism #human_development #islam #judaism #no_religion #religion

Pos.Religiosity (2009)
%34
Disbelief In God (2007)
Higher is better
%60
Jews (2010)
%61
Christians (2010)
%61
Muslims (2010)
%61
Hindus (2010)
%61
Buddhists (2010)
%61
Folk Religion (2010)
%61
Unaffiliated (2010)
%61
1Antigua & Barbuda0.193.00.60.20.13.61.7
2Bahamas0.196.00.10.10.10.33.1
3Barbados0.195.21.00.40.10.11.9
4Cuba400.159.20.10.20.117.423.0
5Dominica0.194.40.10.10.13.00.5
6Dominican Rep.8770.188.00.10.10.10.910.9
7Grenada0.196.60.30.70.11.31.0
8Haiti00.186.90.10.10.12.210.6
9Jamaica30.177.20.10.10.14.517.2
10St Kitts & Nevis0.194.60.31.50.11.31.6
11St Lucia0.191.10.10.30.10.56.0
12St Vincent & Grenadines0.188.71.53.40.12.02.5
13Trinidad & Tobago90.165.95.922.70.31.91.9
14Anguilla0.190.60.30.40.12.94.0
15British Virgin Islands0.184.51.21.20.18.43.9
16Cayman Islands0.883.50.40.90.14.59.4
17Montserrat0.193.50.10.10.10.24.8
18Turks & Caicos Islands0.192.10.10.10.12.74.6
19Puerto Rico0.196.70.10.10.30.81.9
20US Virgin Islands0.394.80.10.40.10.13.7
21Guadeloupe0.195.90.40.50.10.42.5
22Martinique0.196.50.20.20.10.22.3
23Aruba0.491.90.20.10.11.36.0
The Caribbean Avg87.011.80.289.00.61.50.12.65.4
World Avg75.19.90.560.622.42.03.52.77.9
q=23. No data: 662

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