Well, if it isn’t everybody’s favorite hobby. However, we thought we ought to bring this up since as of yesterday, we are officially the world’s second largest economy. Yep, China finally overtook Japan, who’s been hovering around 2% growth for the last two decades, by growing at a rate of 10.3% in 2010.
Now the only nation that still stands in China’s way of world domination (and I’m only half-kidding there) is the US. How much will it take before we catch up to them? It’s all speculative but you can do some current comparisons with the help of IfItWereMyHome.com, a site which lets you select any two countries to compare and then spits out data in easy-to-digest bite sized form.
If The United States were your home instead of China you would…
…spend 31.1 times more money on health care
…consume 10.5 times more oil
…make 7 times more money
…use 4.8 times more electricity
…have 2.2 times more chance of being unemployed
…have 62.81% less chance of dying in infancy
…be 6 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS
…live 3.73 years longer
…have 13.64% more babies
…experience 8.43% more of a class divide
People are more likely to not have a job in the US than China? No surprise there. But living in the US means spending 31.1 times more money on health care while still being 6 more times at risk to have HIV/AIDs? That’s something to chew on.
The site is all around pretty neat-o, so go ahead and twiddle with it. You can compare China with countries like Botswana to Great Britain and everything in between.