Published for the first time in 2013, ‘Jersey’s Better Life Index’ aims to provide a measure of the Island’s “well-being”. The index looks at this both from an overall perspective and also at a more detailed level.
Jersey’s overall Better Life Index of 6.4 (out of 10) ranks Jersey 24th out of 41 nations. This score places Jersey below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average, the United Kingdom and France.
Dimensions of well-being
As well as presenting an overall headline measure, this framework enables comparison of Jersey with OECD member countries and partners in terms of 11 topics (“dimensions”) relating to material conditions and quality of life.
In the following comparisons the most recently available data from the OECD is used, data for Jersey is from either the same reference year or the closest year available to enable fair comparisons.
Using the drop-down list below you can view each dimension individually, with a chart showing the relative score for the dimension followed by charts for each indicator which makes up that dimension:
Better Life Index for Jersey and OECD countries -
As well as comparisons at a national level, the Better Life Index framework also allows for well-being comparisons to be made across, smaller sub-national "regions". These are defined as the first tier of-sub-national government - for example, states in the USA, provinces in Canada or regions in France. On this basis Jersey’s overall regional well-being score of 7.0 (out of 10) placed it 162nd out of 406 regions.
Regions from four countries (Australia, Canada, Norway and the USA) accounted for the top 25 highest ranked regions; the Canberra Capital region of Australia was ranked the highest, with a score of 9.4. In contrast, regions from two countries (Mexico and Turkey) accounted for the lowest 25 ranked regions; the Guanajuato region of Mexico was ranked the lowest with a score of 1.7.
You can read the latest Better Life Index report in full here:
Jersey Better Life Index report 2021
Data for OECD countries and partners is publicly available but subject to OECD copyright. With the national data being: OECD 2019, Better Life Index,
Link to Source (downloaded on 10/05/2019). The regional data being: OECD Regional database 2019, Regions and Cities,
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