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. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 4.3 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 11.4% less likely to be unemployed

In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 78.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

make 71.9% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

spend 13.6% more on taxes

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 92.9% more likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.2% less likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 67.8% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 27.2% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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