Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of South Africa, you would:
live 11.3 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 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 78.1% less likely to be obese
In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
make 33.8% more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.
be 85.8% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In China, that number is 3.9% as of 2017.
be 80.1% less likely to live below the poverty line
In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In China, however, that number is 3.3% as of 2016.
be 75.6% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 11.3% more likely to be literate
In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.
be 59.0% less likely to die during infancy
In South Africa, approximately 27.8 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 39.6% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity
In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
see 5.2 times more coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
China: At a glance
How big is China compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.