Dominica ranks low in GDP per capita in the Caribbean

A view of the Roseau Market in Dominica from the sea
A view of the Roseau Market in Dominica from the sea

The World Bank has released its 2014 World Development Report, which includes data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita for countries across the globe.

In the Caribbean Dominica was among the lowest ranking in terms of GDP per capita, according to the report.

The report revealed that the island has a GDP per capita of $6,460 with neighbouring island of St. Lucia having $6,530, St. Vincent, $6,380 and Grenada $7,110.

In terms of GDP per capita Guyana and the United States Virgin Islands are ranked the ‘poorest’ countries in the Caribbean with just $3,410 and $3,080 respectively.

So what is the richest country in the Caribbean Community, ranked by GDP per capita?

The Bahamas took the pie with  $21,280, followed by Puerto Rico with $18,000.

Trinidad and Tobago is next at $14,400.

Interesting, based on the data, St Kitts and Nevis is the fourth richest country in the Caribbean with a GDP per capita of $13,300, despite being the smallest country in the region.

Data for the region’s other countries, including Cuba, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Haiti, along with overseas territories and departments in the Caribbean was not included in the World Bank’s report.

According to, the “gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the primary indicators of a country’s economic performance. It is calculated by either adding up everyone’s income during the period or by adding the value of all final goods and services produced in the country during the year. Per capita GDP is sometimes used as an indicator of standard of living as well, with higher per capita GDP being interpreted as having a higher standard of living.”

See full ranking below based on the World Bank data.

Graphic by Caribbean Journal
Graphic by Caribbean Journal


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  1. Anonymous
    March 15, 2014

    The article states “The World Bank has released its 2014 World Development Report, :arrow: which includes data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita for countries across the globe.” A countries GDP doesn’t necessarily mean that it is worst off, when comes to development. The value of our GDP simply suggests that we need to produce more of what we need and ease up on the imports. :!: :!: :!:

  2. forreal
    October 17, 2013

    with this report am a litle skeptical,something sounds fishy,fisrt of all the virgin islands do not borrow money from the world bank,they are federally funded,so this is one flaw,on the other hand,the british takes care of their teritory,in terms of percentage for the federation,st kitts and nevis that is,are they combining the two,to come up with their annalysis?the last time i herd,that grenada,was not doing to well in spice export,dominica on the other hand had so much surplus or good credit at caribbean bank,that antigua had to seek dominicas help,to borrow money from the caribbean bank,and dominica was in an upward trend,and look dominica is set to support the french islands,with geothermal energy,something is not right,maybe it’s a alba thing,you never no,dominica is under the rador,i guest.

  3. Israelite
    October 17, 2013

    That dosent mean a thing, the country took a plunge when UWP was in power.

  4. I'mWondering
    October 17, 2013

    The figures speak for themselves. Anyone who is foolish enough to have expected Dominica to be betteroff than Anitgua and the other countires which are better off, is juts plain FOOLISH.

    the results are somewhat based on the world and economies we live in.Dca is a struggling economy so if the figures showed us rankign any higher – it would have been a lie.

    Having said that, I cannot imagine VI being so lowly ranked.

    but dominica is not TECHNICALLY in the lowest bracket – the figures given put us around the middle; and have created the illusion of is the glass half full or half empty.

    It’s your take on things.

    • KJ
      October 19, 2013

      Just like bananas was the backbone of St. Lucia Hess was the backbone of the VI and Hess closed down. Things have slowed down a great deal in the VI, a lot of persons lost their jobs and moved to the US. so don’t be surprised with the report.

  5. Rule
    October 17, 2013

    Even with these numbers it’s hard to deny that we are sinking in a state of decline. Before this Gov’t came into power, we were much higher than this but I guess it’s none of my dam business.

    • Me
      October 17, 2013

      Another lie. We have a lot of prospects and the foture looks good.

    • Tell it like is
      October 17, 2013

      What was our ranking ? please give # not just that it was higher

  6. Anonymous
    October 17, 2013

    $4,657 GDP is the info i got from
    this was the figure it was when the labour party entered government.
    So if it’s $6,460 its an increase from the yr 2000

    DNO ur heading to damn bias.
    The countries that are ahead of us were always ahead and who behind were always behind.
    And neiter Freedom, UWP nor Labour could change it.

    So all those bias ppl that playing politics
    UWP took it from $3,139 in 1995 and brought it to $4,657 and that was when we did not have the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS and the Labour Government took it from there n brought it here and in the financial crisis

    And DNO post it

    • One love
      February 11, 2016

      Well done by giving a more detail and comprehensive view in respect to Dominica GDP per capita. By your comment I can clearly see the figures and the political party that was in power at that time.

  7. Hello and Hi
    October 16, 2013

    The people need to learn more and work more especially the young men these days….they don’t want to stain their clothes.

  8. Just Blaze
    October 16, 2013

    Those stats not very accurate because I think Dominica is even worse off than that. We really need a new breed of leaders in Dominica. Skerrit and his regime didnt do much in terms of economic development and the UWP not looking like they ready yet. Dont know what the medicine is for my poor country.

  9. Observer
    October 16, 2013

    See how easy we accept the statistic form the World Bank when it places Dominica in not so good a light. When other reports show Dominica in a better light we criticize the report and the curse the institutions. Oh! Dominica.

  10. J.J.John-Charles
    October 16, 2013

    I am not an expert in this field,but I would like to add my 2 pens.Re the U.S Virgin Islands, the less fortunate is receiving food stamp,I believe free housing, also the so-called single parents,more children they have out of wedlock more money they received.Do not be surprised to see them driving their expensive SUV.When you enter their house,big flat screen TV and other things we may call luxuries in DA.One more thing they are free to migrate to the mainland (the USA) or even Puerto Rico.I don’t know for the Virgin Islands but in the U.S.many of the churches have what is called Soup Kitchen, you just walk in and have a good meal.You can also leave with your piggy bay.

    When we were the colony of England,especially just before independence,Dominicans could not enter at will. We were beggars (In one way we are still.)Not so when an Island is a U.S.Territory.

  11. I read
    October 16, 2013


    According to a few keystrokes and a couple of clicks the figures you have given is for the GNI(Gross National Income) as per the World Bank’s Website. Your article states that the GDP(Gross Domestic Product) is the lowest which according to the World Bank is correct, but the figure doesn’t match. So either you correct the figure or you correct the article.


  12. Anonymous
    October 16, 2013

    For those who are blaming DNO for this report the Dominica economy is much much worse. It’s amoung the lowest in the world…Definitely lowest in the Caribbean. Go to this website and see for yourself. Dominica is in the bottom of all the rating agencies.

  13. cdj
    October 16, 2013

    Two or three years ago questionnaire was circulated to persons around Dominica. In response to the questionnaire that was filled in persons said that cost of living was too high. The Government (DLP) did not take heed to bring about some sort of solution.

  14. I ALIVE WI
    October 16, 2013

    Listening to Kairi FM shows all the time, Anyone realize only the same 5-10 callers alone that keep calling… The Heng – hanged itself, The next level – pure rubbish for the Sheeple followers, Krazy show – hmm I like Ghost… especially when he being straight up with The Krazy man….

    • PetProjects
      October 16, 2013

      @I ALIVE WI am supporting UWP this time around but damn I luv Mami…. Never seen the woman but that mouth she got always got me laughing ….She always on Lennox back but hey, you gotta laugh…. :lol:

  15. October 16, 2013

    :mrgreen: :evil:

    • mac
      October 16, 2013

      and there headline is so poor,cause when I check the data if you are talking about carribean you cannot say on your headline dominica ranks just bent on causing mischief dno.

  16. chappa
    October 16, 2013

    is a vibes

  17. Mojo1
    October 16, 2013


    Are u sure the figure for the US Virgin Island is correct? It appears from online sources that the per-capita GDP of the US Virgin Island is above 13,000 dollars. Please have this issue verified since the figures you quote is just to low for the THE US VI’s and from the responses of your posters it is obvious.

    • Malatete
      October 16, 2013

      I think it would be more meaningful for the general public to compare GNI/capita figures (the average income for every man, woman & child in a year) than GDP figures.
      The Worldbank data for 2012 show that whereas in 2012 the average income per head in Dominica was U.S.6,460 in the U.S.Virgin Island it was more than double at U.S.$.13,660.
      It is intersting to note that taking poverty- & employment levels in Dominica into consideration, not everybody enjoys an annual income the eqyuivalent of E.C.$.17,442 per year, suggesting a wide discrepancy between individual incomes.

  18. Francisco Telemaque
    October 16, 2013

    “In terms of GDP per capita Guyana and the United States Virgin Islands are ranked the ‘poorest’ countries in the Caribbean with just $3,410 and $3,080 respectively.”

    I cannot swear for Guyana, because I do not know.

    However, where it pertains to the United States Virgin islands, I am skeptical: The World Bank has erred, and I suggest they correct their mistake, you see that is why most countries which follow the advise of institutions such as the IMF & the World Bank usually find themselves in grave financial difficulties.

    Most of the time the operatives of those institutions does not know what they are talking about.

    I contend that report is bogus!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  19. Dominican
    October 16, 2013

    All you stupid wee. that is data from who?.
    who cares

    • Malgraysa
      October 16, 2013

      “Ignorance is a badge of honour in Dominica” our lat P.M. the Hon. Pierre Charles).

  20. SkerritDoThat
    October 16, 2013

    Leave it to those negroes to question there poverty, continue with all u red t-shirts and flag waving getting your galvanize and plywood, stupid lot those laybarites. :cry:

    • tony
      October 16, 2013

      Lol that is so true. . :lol: someone asked ” that is data from who” .Really……

  21. Original Domerican
    October 16, 2013

    Talk about negative spin. Go to the World Bank website and you will see that Dominica ranks in the middle of Caribbean Countries. For some reason DNO felt it was necessary to omit the Dominican Republic and Haiti (which are definitely in the Caribbean) so that Dominica would rank lower. When they are added in Dominica is better than 7 and worse than 8. Also of note Dominica is on an upward trend, the same cannot be said for all the other countries.

    Why would DNO purposely try to mislead the Dominican public into thinking things are worse than they really are? They should report the facts! DNO is rapidly becoming the Fox News of Dominica.

    • INTRUDER!!!!
      October 16, 2013

      original domerican the information is there for every one to read why do you try to mislead others?
      because dominica is in the middle are we okay? what makes you think we are on an upward trend when businesses are closing down? brizee mart just closed its doors and so is the call centre. Is that moving up or down? STOP FOOLING THE PEOPLE AND DO YOU LEAVE HERE TO FEEL OUR CRISIS?

    • Malatete
      October 16, 2013

      Everybody can access the relevant Worldbank data on line and I strongly recommend you do. You are right in that looking at one indicator only does not give the full picture of a country’s performance.
      However,since all the data are freely available it would be silly for anyone to try and make political mileage out of this.

  22. Dominiquen
    October 16, 2013

    DNO loves to report things like that! If Dominica was at the top we would never hear about it. :?:

    • Lil
      October 16, 2013

      and you know that how? because of your bias???

      Some people (for example, you Dominiquen) see only what you want to see! This information is an important reality check so instead of complaining ask yourself about the implications!

    • Pedro
      October 16, 2013

      Clearly you must not read DNO or just biased! DNO is breathtakingly the best source of news and information DA has ever had. Dominica’s CNN. Whether you like the content or not, its factual and professional reporting! Can’t sing enough praises.

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2013

      What a ridiculous claim. Do you see who DNO is quoting?

    • Not again
      October 16, 2013

      You are so right

    • Santa Claus
      October 16, 2013

      @Dominiquen, You must have just started reading DNO or maybe you just don’t like to deal with reality. Keep defending your corrupt leaders and u will tell me later. One thing though, the same person you keep defending has a foreign passport and his new baby will have a US passport sowhen things turn real ugly they can run. Can u and your family members run?

  23. Lougaoo Mem
    October 16, 2013

    Nothing new here. Though a few more countries are worst than us, I strongly believe that things could be far better if those in charge had managed the country’s purse more responsibly. We’ve heard and seen those at the top getting exceedingly richer overnight, while the gap between is getting wider with poverty being rampant all over the island. If nothing is done, and the trend continues, we shall soon be last kacarat. Watch my words eh!

    • Development
      January 8, 2014

      It could be much better if we stop depending on government and work hard.

  24. PetProjects
    October 16, 2013

    But wait didn’t Dominica Prime Minister said Dominica is doing better than many develop countries (U.S.A, England, Germany etc) What a load of BULL….

    Rumor has it that the Labour Doc from the Roseau Valley is considering calling it quits, from all indications/data the seat looks like its already back in the BLUE zone!!!!

    October 16, 2013

    The numbers does nif lie; Lord have mercy on us in Dominica…

  26. Malatete
    October 16, 2013

    It is important to stress that our GDP figure is not the income per head of the population but represents the value of output, which would include infrastuctural and other projects,government initiated or not, financed from external sources but not necessarily completed by local labour.

  27. Jbfox
    October 16, 2013

    Nothing to be Ashame of we are better than five of the fourteen listed and again this questionable higher than the Usvi.

  28. Alas
    October 16, 2013

    How will the spin doctor play this one?

  29. Anonymous
    October 16, 2013

    Wait, but I thought Thompson et al said we were close to Haiti, yet I see al least 5 countries with lower GDP ratios than ours. It must also be noted when one is calculating GDP that cost of living must also be factored, for example I am well aware that people in Antigua get far larger salaries and wages than in Dominica, yet the average cost of goods and services, rent etc. is much higher than in Dominica, so while I don’ t want to discredit any data, the overall well-being of a country needs to factor in much more than mere GDP data. That having been said we need to begin to attract higher paying jobs to begin to improve on our ranking.

  30. October 16, 2013

    Dominica need to STEP UP.

  31. Bull Crap
    October 16, 2013

    I know some close minded people are gonna look at these and think its a good thing. and other are gonna compare the result to that of the Virgin Island. just keep in mind the Virgin island is a use territory. even if their GDP is low their are subsidized by he US. we on the other hand have to take loans and put yourself i debt to survive.
    I honestly hope and pray that the government will look at this data and instead of putting a spin on it will say how do we seriously improve these number and build the country economy. Cause a country with numbers like this cannot be sustained for long.

  32. bigsexy
    October 16, 2013

    Guess Dr. Fontaine, wasn’t as incorrect as some stated.

  33. Citizen Kane
    October 16, 2013

    Factor in some Vincy weed and D/a is smack at the bottom of that list with Guyana…

    Conversely …. factor in Skerrit’s take on diplomatic passports and kickbacks and we might be right up there with StKitts :mrgreen:

    • Observer
      October 16, 2013

      Factor in the Edison James, Leennox connection the the SCL in St. Kitts. Was it our former Prime Minister who introduced a very valuable business interest to the St. Kitts government for an alleged kickback of $500,000.00 Any reason why he did not recommend the business interest to the government of Dominica at the time. Did Pm Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts lie when he said that Mr. Edison James introduced him to the business interest. Was he lying when in his own voice we heard him say so? Was his voice doctored? Perhaps we might have been higher than St. Kitts.

  34. valda Bruno Durand
    October 16, 2013

    These are some very interesting results, US Virgin Islnads ranked among the poorest! Hmmmm

    • Thinking
      October 16, 2013

      Imagine that a territory of the world’s police. Yet so many Dominicans continue to arrive there in droves; just to say they are living overseas.

  35. Jimi Hendrix
    October 16, 2013

    This is what Skerrit should focus on: creating condition for Dominican to create and grow wealth. He has done little to address that.

    • PetProjects
      October 16, 2013

      @ Jimi Hendrix after being PM for 10 yrs its clear Skerrit can’t manage to run the Country, He need to be given the boot..

    • Concern Dominican
      October 16, 2013

      I agree with you. However, thats the next level he intends to take Dominica too. He has no long term plan for the country, only for himself.

    • Concern Dominican
      October 16, 2013

      Dominica needs a change of Leadership. The PM has no clear plan for lovely Dominican. It’d be great if all Dominicans read the past Budget speech of the PM. Dominica needs a international airport and a Magayacht Marina. PM Skerrit has no plans of gettting us this anytime soon.

  36. vieille case
    October 16, 2013

    dominica is doing so fine!!

    • Concern Dominican
      October 16, 2013

      Oh really??? Economically?? Socially?

  37. Pedro
    October 16, 2013

    It is interesting that St Lucia is roughly iun the same bracket as us, and that Grenada (going though some serious economic hardship) is ahead of St. Lucia. Phenomenally Antigua is leaps ahead too. But surprisingly the US virgin islands have a low GDP per capita (Is that an error??)…I am sure though that had Haiti’s figures been available it would rank below Guyana!

  38. me
    October 16, 2013


  39. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 16, 2013

    Wow Dominica so low i thought God sent my PM. :lol:

  40. kline
    October 16, 2013

    In terms of GDP per capita Guyana is ranked the ‘poorest’ country in the Caribbean with just $3,410. Is this a correct statement? I’m seeing from the list the US virgin Islands at $3080.

  41. derp
    October 16, 2013

    somewhat misleading title… but it’s should of been more specific such as in terms of this part of the caribbean, however look at the US Virgin Islands and American territory

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