Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.5 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Haiti, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Haiti, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 89.2% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800.

be 10.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Haiti, that number is 40.6%.

be 17.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Haiti, however, that number is 58.5%.

Life

have 87.0% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Haiti, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Haiti, 359.0 women do.

be 37.0% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Haiti, it is 60.7%.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Haiti, on the other hand, 46.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 62.0% 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 Haiti, that number is 38% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas).

be 77.1% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Haiti, about 12.2% do.

be 39.6% 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 Haiti, that number is 58% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 38.2% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Haiti, that number is 7.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 87.8% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Haiti, that number is 1,771 km.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

How big is Haiti 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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