Quality of life comparison
If you lived in India instead of China, you would:
be 37.1% less likely to be obese
In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In India, that number is 3.9% of people as of 2016.
live 6.4 years less
In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In India, that number is 70 years (68 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.
pay a 21.0% lower top tax rate
China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In India, the top tax rate is 35.5% as of 2016.
make 60.4% less money
China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in India, the GDP per capita is $7,200 as of 2017.
be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed
In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In India, that number is 8.5% as of 2017.
be 6.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In India, however, that number is 21.9% as of 2011.
have 56.9% more children
In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In India, there are 18.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 5.0 times more likely to die during childbirth
In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In India, 145.0 women do as of 2017.
be 23.1% less likely to be literate
In China, the literacy rate is 96.8% as of 2018. In India, it is 74.4% as of 2018.
be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy
In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In India, on the other hand, 35.4 children do as of 2020.
be 15.5% less likely to have access to electricity
In China, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In India, 84% of the population do as of 2017.
be 36.6% less likely to have internet access
In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In India, about 34.5% do as of 2018.
see 51.7% less coastline
China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In India, that number is 7,000 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
India: At a glance
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