Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.7 years less

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 75.8% more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.


spend 44.4% less on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 71.9% less money

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

be 3.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.

be 7.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2%.


have 2.5 times more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 11.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 20.5% less likely to be literate

In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Ghana, it is 76.6%.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.9% 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 Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).

be 34.8% less likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.


spend 34.5% less on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.


see 96.3% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Ghana, that number is 539 km.

Ghana: At a glance

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 227,533 sq km. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.

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

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


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