Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 16.7 years less

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

be 83.9% more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.


spend 22.2% less on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 77.8% less money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 10.3% more likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

be 9.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0%.


have 2.9 times more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 22.2% less likely to be literate

In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Cameroon, it is 75.0%.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 44.9% less likely to have access to electricity

In China, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Cameroon, that number is 55% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 53.0% less likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 20.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In China, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).


spend 25.5% less on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.


see 97.2% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation.


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