Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of South Korea, you would:
live 6.5 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (79 years for men, 86 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 31.9% more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
be 77.1% less likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In China, however, that number is 3.3% as of 2016.
make 53.9% less money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,500 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.
pay a 18.4% higher top tax rate
South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
have 41.5% more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 8.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth
In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy
In South Korea, approximately 3.0 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.
be 43.4% less likely to have internet access
In South Korea, approximately 95.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In China, about 54.3% do as of 2018.
see 6.0 times more coastline
South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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