Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in China instead of Costa Rica, you would:


be 75.9% less likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 3.0 years less

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 51.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 84.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 3.0 times more on taxes

Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 50.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 20.6% fewer children

In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.4% less likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 40.9% less on healthcare

Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 11.2 times more coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to Costa Rica? 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, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.


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