Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Africa instead of China, you would:
live 11.3 years less
In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.
be 4.6 times more likely to be obese
In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Africa, that number is 28.3% of people as of 2016.
make 25.3% less money
China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,600 as of 2017.
be 7.1 times more likely to be unemployed
In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In South Africa, that number is 27.5% as of 2017.
be 5.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In South Africa, however, that number is 16.6% as of 2016.
have 65.5% more children
In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In South Africa, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 4.1 times more likely to die during childbirth
In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Africa, 119.0 women do as of 2017.
be 10.1% less likely to be literate
In China, the literacy rate is 96.8% as of 2018. In South Africa, it is 87.0% as of 2017.
be 2.4 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 South Africa, on the other hand, 27.8 children do as of 2020.
be 15.8% less likely to have access to electricity
In China, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In South Africa, 84% of the population do as of 2017.
see 80.7% less coastline
China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
South Africa: At a glance
How big is South Africa compared to China? See an in-depth size comparison.