Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of United States, you would:
be 82.9% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
live 4.5 years less
In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 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 96.0% less likely to live below the poverty line
In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.
make 72.8% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
pay a 13.6% higher top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 52.6% more likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 30.8% more likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.2 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 19.1% fewer children
In United States, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 23.1% less likely to have internet access
In United States, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
spend 30.0% less on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 67.9% less on healthcare
United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.
see 27.2% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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