List of Latin American countries by Human Development Index

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The following tables covers the list of Latin American and Caribbean countries by Human Development Index as released by the United Nations Development Program's Human Development Report. The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for regions worldwide.

Countries fall into four broad categories based on their HDI: very high (for developed countries), high and medium (for developing countries) and low (for least developing countries).

Human Development Index[edit]

The table below presents the latest Human Development Index (HDI)[1] for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as included in a United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report (released in 2016).[2] Previous HDI values and rankings are retroactively recalculated using the same updated data sets and current methodologies, as presented in Table 2 of the Statistical Annex of the Human Development Report.[3] The HDI rankings and values in the 2016 Human Development Report cannot therefore be compared directly to HDI rankings and values published in previous Human Development Reports.

Countries in the Americas by Human Development Index (2015)
  ≥ 0.900
  0.850–0.899
  0.800–0.849
  0.750–0.799
  0.700–0.749
  0.650–0.699
  0.600–0.649
  0.550–0.599
  0.500–0.549
  0.450–0.499
  0.400–0.449
  ≤ 0.399
  Data unavailable
List of Latin American & Caribbean Countries by Human Development Index
Rank Country Human Development Index (HDI)
In Region World HDI Value Change in HDI value 2016–17*
2017 2016
Very High Human Development
1 44  Chile 0.843 0.842 Increase 0.001
2 47  Argentina 0.825 0.822 Increase 0.003
3 54  Bahamas 0.807 0.806 Increase 0.001
4 55  Uruguay 0.804 0.802 Increase 0.002
5 58  Barbados 0.800 0.799 Increase 0.001
High Human Development
6 63  Costa Rica 0.794 0.791 Increase 0.003
7 66  Panama 0.789 0.785 Increase 0.004
8 69  Trinidad and Tobago 0.784 0.785 Decrease 0.001
9 70  Antigua and Barbuda 0.780 0.778 Increase 0.002
10 72  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.778 0.774 Increase 0.004
11 73  Cuba 0.777 0.774 Increase 0.003
12 74  Mexico 0.774 0.772 Increase 0.002
13 75  Grenada 0.772 0.770 Increase 0.002
14 78  Venezuela 0.761 0.766 Decrease 0.005
15 79  Brazil 0.759 0.758 Increase 0.001
16 86  Ecuador 0.752 0.749 Increase 0.003
17 89  Peru 0.750 0.748 Increase 0.002
18 90  Colombia 0.747 0.747 Steady
18 90  Saint Lucia 0.747 0.745 Increase 0.002
20 94  Dominican Republic 0.736 0.733 Increase 0.003
21 97  Jamaica 0.732 0.732 Steady
22 99  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.723 0.721 Increase 0.002
23 100  Suriname 0.720 0.719 Increase 0.001
24 103  Dominica 0.715 0.718 Decrease 0.003
25 106  Belize 0.708 0.709 Decrease 0.001
26 110  Paraguay 0.702 0.702 Steady
Medium Human Development
27 118  Bolivia 0.693 0.689 Increase 0.004
28 121  El Salvador 0.674 0.679 Decrease 0.005
29 124  Nicaragua 0.658 0.657 Increase 0.001
30 125  Guyana 0.654 0.652 Increase 0.002
31 127  Guatemala 0.650 0.649 Increase 0.001
32 133  Honduras 0.617 0.614 Increase 0.003
Low Human Development
33 168  Haiti 0.498 0.496 Increase 0.002
*Change in HDI value rounded to three decimals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 1: Human Development Index (HDI) and its components". hdr.undp.org. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. ^ "Human Development Report 2016 'Human Development for Everyone'". hdr.undp.org. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ "Table 2: Trends in the Human Development Index (HDI), 1990-2015". hdr.undp.org. Retrieved 2018-02-08.