Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in China instead of Bangladesh, you would:


live 2.3 years longer

In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 72.2% more likely to be obese

In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.


make 4.0 times more money

Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 86.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes

Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 84.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 62.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

be 32.4% more likely to be literate

In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In China, it is 96.4%.

have 34.6% less children

In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 66.5% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access

In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 96.4% more on healthcare

Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 25.0 times more coastline

Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 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.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh, State Administration of Taxation.


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