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


live 10.2 years longer

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Singapore, that number is 86 years (84 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2022.


make 5.7 times more money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,400 as of 2020, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $93,400 as of 2020.

be 38.2% less likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Singapore, that number is 2.2% as of 2019.

pay a 51.1% lower top tax rate

China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Singapore, the top tax rate is 22.0% as of 2016.


be 72.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Singapore, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 77.1% less likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 6.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Singapore, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 31.4% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 70.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Singapore, about 92.0% do as of 2020.


spend 28.6% less on education

China spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Singapore spends 2.5% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 24.1% less on healthcare

China spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Singapore, that number is 4.1% of GDP as of 2019.


see 98.7% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Singapore, that number is 193 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, State Administration of Taxation.

Singapore: At a glance

Singapore is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 709 sq km. Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.
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