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This country comparison is a concise, tabular overview of numerous data from our respective country pages for China and United States. There, we provide many explanations and details per country that go far beyond this comparison.
 

General information

 ChinaUnited States
Region:East AsiaNorth America
Area:9,562,910 km²9,831,510 km²
National language:ChineseEnglish
Government form:People's republic (communist one-party system)Federal presidential republic
Independent since:1523 BC1776 AD
Capital:BeijingWashington, D.C.

Population

Details for China and the United States

 ChinaUnited States
Population:1,412,360,000331,894,000
Inhabitants/km²:147.733.8
Life expectancy males:Ø 75 yearsØ 75 years
Life expectancy females:Ø 81 yearsØ 80 years
Average age:Ø 38.4 yearsØ 38.5 years
Birth rate:8.52 ‰10.90 ‰
Death rate:7.07 ‰10.30 ‰
Migrationrate:-0.11 ‰3.02 ‰

Quality of life

Values from 0 (bad) to 100 (very good)
See also: Explanations and country ranking on quality of life

 ChinaUnited States
Political stability:6965
Civil rights:3682
Health:6971
Climate:5466
Cost of Living:3837
Popularity:7371

Economy

Details for China and the United States

 ChinaUnited States
Currency:Renminbi yuan
(1 CNY = 100 Fen)
US dollar
(1 USD =100 Cents)
Unemployment rate:4.8 %5.5 %
Inflation rate:0.98 %4.70 %
Cost of Living:
(USA = 100%)
63.16 %100.00 %
Commercial taxes and contributions:59.20 %36.60 %
Average income:11,880 US$70,930 US$
Corruption index:55 (bad)33 (moderate)


 CHN:
total
per 1000
inh.
USA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Gross domestic product:17,734,063 M US$12.56 M US$23,315,081 M US$70.25 M US$
Gross national product:16,785,119 M US$11.88 M US$23,539,918 M US$70.93 M US$
Exported goods:3,554,296 M US$2.52 M US$2,556,638 M US$7.70 M US$
Imported goods:3,091,488 M US$2.19 M US$3,401,688 M US$10.25 M US$

Infrastructure

Details for China and the United States

 CHN:
total
per 1000
inh.
USA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Roadways:5,200,000 km3.68 km6,586,610 km19.85 km
Railways:68,141 km0.05 km293,564 km0.88 km
Waterways:110,000 km0.08 km41,009 km0.12 km
Harbours:6,6620.00473,6270.0109
Passenger airports:2140.00024360.0013

Energy balance

Details for China and the United States

 CHN:
total
per 1000
inh.
USA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Energy consumption:5.564 tn kWh3.94 m kWh3.902 tn kWh11.76 m kWh
Energy production:5.883 tn kWh4.17 m kWh4.095 tn kWh12.34 m kWh
Energy export:18.91 bn kWh13,388.94 kWh9.70 bn kWh29,211.16 kWh
Energy imports:6.19 bn kWh4,379.20 kWh72.72 bn kWh219,106.27 kWh
CO2 emissions:10.71 bn t7,581.08 t4.82 bn t14,515.85 t

Telecommunication

Details for China and the United States

 ChinaUnited States
International dialing:+86+1
Internet domain:.cn.us

 CHN
total
CHN
per 1000
inh.
USA
total
USA
per 1000
inh.
Landlines:181,908,000129101,526,000306
Mobile cellulars:1,718,411,0001217351,477,0001059
Internet server:20,602,00015505,000,0001522
Internet users:994,368,886704301,691,414909
Broadband Internet:535,786,000379127,032,000383

Healthcare system

Details for China and the United States

 ChinaUnited States
Hospital beds per 1000 inh.:4.312.87
Physicians per 1000 inh.:1.792.59
Diabetes:9.2 %10.8 %
Tuberculosis:0.55 ‰0.03 ‰
Tuberculosis cure rate:95.0 %74.0 %
Smokers:25.6 %23.0 %

Climate

We also provide a more detailed climate comparison of both countries.
The data for each country can be found here: China and United States

 ChinaUnited States
Daytime temperatures:19.2 °C18.9 °C
Nighttime temperatures:9.4 °C7.3 °C
Water temperature:17.9 °C17.7 °C
Rel. humidity:69 %67 %
Rain days:6.47.1
Sunshine hours per day:5.97.2

Native languages

 ChinaUnited States
Chinese:92.0 %0.9 %
English:n/a82.1 %
Spanish:n/a10.7 %
Hakka:1.8 %n/a
Zhuang:1.4 %n/a
Mantšu:0.9 %n/a
Hui:0.8 %n/a
French:n/a0.7 %
Uighur:0.6 %n/a
Yi:0.6 %n/a
German:n/a0.6 %
Italian:n/a0.6 %
Tujia:0.5 %n/a
Tibetan:0.4 %n/a
Tagalog:n/a0.4 %
Mongolian:0.4 %n/a
Korean:n/a0.3 %
Polish:n/a0.3 %
Puyi:0.2 %n/a
Dong:0.2 %n/a
Vietnamese:n/a0.2 %
Japanese:n/a0.2 %
Portuguese:n/a0.2 %
Russian:n/a0.2 %
Eskimo:n/a0.0 %
other:0.2 %2.6 %

Religions

 ChinaUnited States
Christianity:2.3 %78.5 %
Nondenominational:58.5 %n/a
Local chinese beliefs:17.5 %n/a
Buddhism:6.2 %0.7 %
Taoism:4.4 %n/a
Jewry:n/a1.8 %
Islam:1.7 %1.1 %
Sikhism:n/a1.6 %
Hinduism:0.1 %1.0 %
other:9.3 %15.3 %


Data inventory and updates

A country comparison like this can be based on several hundred individual data items from dozens of different sources. All data are based on the most recent data available to us. Most of them refer to the previous year and are updated around March of the following year. If a country has not yet published data for the most recent or penultimate year, we present the most recent official data. Updates are made on an ongoing basis depending on the subject area or source, so there is no single "cutoff date" for this comparison. Sources for almost all data can be found on our respective country pages.