The periodic ranking uses several factors to determine a nation’s position on the list, including residents’ life expectancy at birth, the expected number of years at school, the mean number of years at school, and gross national income per capita.
A country scores higher Human Development Index (HDI) when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the GDP per capita is higher.
The top-rated country for quality of life in the Caribbean in 2017 is Barbados. Barbados also ranked 54th for quality of life in a list of countries worldwide.
The ranking only considers countries that are members of the United Nations and that provide acceptable data to the agency.
See the full ranking of Caribbean nations with their world ranking in parentheses.
- Barbados (54)
- Bahamas (58)
- Antigua and Barbuda (62)
- Trinidad and Tobago (65)
- Cuba (68)
- St Kitts and Nevis (74)
- Grenada (79)
- St Lucia (92)
- Jamaica (94)
- Dominica (96)
- Dominican Republic (99)
- St Vincent and the Grenadines (99)
- Belize (103)
- Guyana (127)
- Haiti (163)
The Human Development Index (HDI), released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) essentially ranks the best countries in the world to live.
The UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
They help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.