St. Lucia has been ranked 97 out of 187 countries worldwide in the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI).
The HDI is described as a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development – a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
A long and healthy life is measured by life expectancy while access to knowledge is calculated by the average number of years of education received in a lifetime by people aged 25 years and older, along “the total number of years of schooling a child of school-entry age can expect to receive if prevailing patterns of age-specific enrollment rates stay the same throughout the child’s life.”
Meanwhile, standard of living is measured by Gross National Income (GNI) per capita expressed in constant 2011 international dollars converted using purchasing power parity (PPP) rates.
The United Nations document suggests that in the CARICOM group of countries St. Lucia is ranked 11.
The full list of results for CARICOM countries are: Bahamas- ranked 51; Barbados, 59; Antigua and Barbuda, 61; Trinidad and Tobago, 64; St. Kitts and Nevis, 73; Grenada, 79; Belize, 84; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 91; Dominica, 93; Jamaica, 96; St. Lucia, 97; Suriname, 100 and Guyana, 121.
According to the report, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Grenada experienced different degrees of progress towards increasing their HDIs for the 2010-2013 period.
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