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Transport and infrastructure in Jamaica

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Jamaica with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.

Airports in Jamaica


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 22,121 km. For each of the country's 2.96 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 7.47 meters. This puts Jamaica in 72nd place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 269 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.

With an average of 365 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Jamaica is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 12.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In Jamaica, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

Jamaica

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways22,100 km7,470.38 km2,012.83 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors4314.520.004
Airports289.462.548
 

Central America

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways644,200 km2,894.86 km236.78 m
Railroads31,600 km142.02 km11.62 m
Waterways9,200 km41.21 km3.37 m
Commercial harbors15,67270.420.006
Airports2,99313.450.001


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Jamaica: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in JamaicaThe 2 biggest airports and 2 airlines in Jamaica with further information and data (Sangster Int'l. and Norman Manley Int'l.)
Jamaica: ClimateClimate and temperature development in JamaicaA climate analysis for Jamaica incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, Water temperature, Rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing