Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.9 years longer


In India, the average life expectancy is 69 years (68 years for men, 70 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 59.0% more likely to be obese


In India, 3.9% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


India has a GDP per capita of $7,200, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 55.7% less likely to be unemployed


In India, 8.8% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 84.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In India, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 26.6% more on taxes


India has a top tax rate of 35.5%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 84.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In India, approximately 174.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 35.4% more likely to be literate


In India, the literacy rate is 71.2%. In China, it is 96.4%.

be 69.3% less likely to die during infancy


In India, approximately 39.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 35.3% fewer children


In India, there are approximately 19.0 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 26.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In India, 79% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 80.3% more likely to have internet access


In India, approximately 29.5% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 17.0% more on healthcare


India spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


India has a total of 7,000 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 India? 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, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

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