Comparing United States to China

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If you moved to China from the United States, you would:


MAKE 81.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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China  CHINA ($9,800.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in China, that number is $9,800.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. China GDP

LIVE 4.4 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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China  CHINA (75.15 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In China, the average life expectancy is 75.15.
Category: United States vs. China life expectancy

CONSUME 67.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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China  CHINA (3,926 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In China, it is 3,926 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. China electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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China  CHINA (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In China, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. China AIDS percentage

BE 2.4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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China  CHINA (14.79 per 1000 infants)
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That's 139.7% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, there are a total of 14.79 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. China infant mortality

BE 43.8% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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China  CHINA (4.1% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in China 4.1% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. China unemployment rate

HAVE 9.3% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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China  CHINA (12.17 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In China, however, there are a total of 12.17 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. China birth rate

SEE A 27.2% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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China  CHINA (14,500km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while China has a total of 14,500 km.
Category: United States vs. China coastline

At a Glance: China

  • Land Area: United States is around the same size as China
  • Population: ~1 billion people (1 billion fewer people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In China, "Cheers!" = "Huanhu!"

How big is China compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of China (9,596,960 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in China

Tipping:
  • Generally, you do not need to tip while in China
  • In Hong Kong, it is normal tip around 10-15%
Do's & Don'ts:
  • Point with your hand open
  • It is considered rude to snap or whistle
Table Manners:
  • Generally, leave a little food on your plate when finished
  • Never pour your own drink first; tend to others at the table
  • Only use chopsticks
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when greeting someone
  • DO dress conservatively
Learn more about etiquette

A brief history of China

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,596,960 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).