Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of South Africa, you would:
live 10.8 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2022. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 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 42.6% more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $11,500 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
be 87.2% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 28.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In China, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 96.4% 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 0.6% as of 2019.
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 73.9% less likely to die during infancy
In South Africa, approximately 25.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In China, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2022.
have 46.5% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 18.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
spend 48.5% less on education
South Africa spends 6.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 40.7% less on healthcare
South Africa spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.
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
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