Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of Zambia, you would:
live 9.8 years longer
In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 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 23.5% less likely to be obese
In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
make 5.0 times more money
Zambia has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
be 75.7% less likely to be unemployed
In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In China, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 98.9% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.
pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate
Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 86.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 11.6% more likely to be literate
In Zambia, the literacy rate is 86.7% as of 2018. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.
be 81.8% less likely to die during infancy
In Zambia, approximately 37.1 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 71.5% fewer children
In Zambia, there are approximately 34.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.7 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Zambia, approximately 37% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2020.
be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access
In Zambia, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
be 32.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Zambia, approximately 72% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas) as of 2020. In China, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 22.2% less on education
Zambia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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