Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in China instead of Yemen, you would:


live 9.8 years longer

In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 63.7% less likely to be obese

In Yemen, 17.1% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.


make 12.8 times more money

Yemen has a GDP per capita of $1,300, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 85.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 93.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Yemen, 54.0% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 3.0 times more on taxes

Yemen has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 93.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Yemen, approximately 385.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 37.5% more likely to be literate

In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1%. In China, it is 96.4%.

be 73.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Yemen, approximately 46.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 56.7% fewer children

In Yemen, there are approximately 28.4 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Yemen, 48% of people have electricity access (79% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Yemen, approximately 24.6% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

be 74.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Yemen, approximately 55% of people have improved drinking water access (72% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In China, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).


see 7.6 times more coastline

Yemen has a total of 1,906 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 Yemen? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Yemen Tax Authority, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.


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