Last week’s 60th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China seemed to generate a lot of coverage and interest on news and social media websites. Business magazine Fast Company used the occasion to consider 15 different development-related statistics – comparing then to now.
Most of the figures are striking, and the graphic’s triangles illustrate how rapid and staggering the changes have been in China in just six decades. Interesting data (although the magazine doesn't specify its sources) in the infographic include:
- The average life expectancy has increased from 35 to 73 years old.
- The rate of illiteracy was 80 percent in 1949 and is 9.1 percent now.
- The enrollment rate for primary-school children went from 20 percent to 99.3 percent.