Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.1 years longer


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 12.7% less likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 5.2 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.

be 90.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In China, that number is 3.9% as of 2017.

be 90.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In China, however, that number is 3.3% as of 2016.

pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 91.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.8% more likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.

be 61.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In China, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

have 57.4% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 78.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In China, about 54.3% do as of 2018.

be 36.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In China, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 27.1 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 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 Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.

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