Ever wondered why one minute you think you live in the best city in the world, and the next, you can’t wait to GTFO? It’s not you: turns out we live in a pretty bi-polar metropolis, if these stats are any indication. We explore your love-hate relationship with Hong Kong, explained by stats:
Hong Kong is a city of hard workers
We have an extremely low unemployment rate:
…Out of a population of 7.3 million, that’s only about 240,000 poor mofos who don’t have jobs. Amazing by any standard!
But wait… there are MORE old people and FEWER young people working these days?!
Percentage of population in the workforce:
Now that’s all kinds of fucked up.
You’ll probably live a long, long life
…Or 81.2 years old if you’re a male, and 86.9 years old if you’re a female. Must be something in the water. (Lead, perhaps?)
Dating SUCKS if you’re a woman, KICKS ASS if you’re a guy
Since 53.9% of the population are female, and only 46.1% of the population are male. That’s roughly a ratio of 12 women for every 10 men!
Education is a luxury, not a right
Almost one fifth (19%) of the population only have primary school exposure, and more than half (51.2%) only have a high school degree.
Together, that’s a whopping 70%, or 5.1 million people without the security of a university education. Shocking, for a supposedly first-world city.
But at least our government is loaded
As of July of last year, our fiscal reserves were an unbelievable $796.9 BILLION DOLLARS. (But seriously, why are we sitting on all this money?!)
Hong Kong’s salaries tax is extremely low
Most people in Hong Kong don’t need to pay more than 15% tax on their income. And even the richest don’t go over 17%. Capitalism at its best!
House prices are insane
If you want to buy a 430-square-foot apartment on Hong Kong Island, expect to pay an average of $5.2 million dollars — and consider it a steal. To drive this home, that’s $12,093 per square foot (or about the size of a tile) that you’re paying.
Are you an owner? Kudos on a lucky investment! A buyer? Sucks to be you.
But there’s still plenty of undeveloped land
Country Parks and Reserves make up 40% of Hong Kong’s 1,104-square-kilometer territory.
With all these extremes, no wonder why we love Hong Kong one second, and hate it the next!