Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Hong Kong instead of China, you would:

Health

live 7.1 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.5 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $64,500 as of 2018.

be 20.5% less likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1% as of 2017.

pay a 66.7% lower top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

be 6.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.

Life

be 76.3% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do as of 2020.

have 27.6% fewer children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Hong Kong, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 64.7% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Hong Kong, about 89.4% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 94.9% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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