Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.1 years less

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 3.4 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.


be 41.0% less likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 84.4% less on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 51.5% less money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 18.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 95.9% more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 15.5% less likely to be literate

In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 77.5% more likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.9% 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 Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 35.2% less likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 12.7% more on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 97.2% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

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

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


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