Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.8 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

be 3.9 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people.

Economy

make 50.3% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Belize, that number is 10.1%.

be 12.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0%.

Life

have 95.1% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Belize, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 57.5% more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 16.2% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Belize, about 44.6% do.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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