China China China US US US World World World
GDP Pop GDP/pers GDP Pop GDP/pers GDP Pop GDP/pers
Year $US, bill millions $US/pers/yr $US, bill millions $US/pers/yr $US, bill millions $US/pers/yr
1970 91.51 801.27 114 1,025.00 209.46 4,893 3,282.89 3,683.67 891
1971 98.56 821.31 120 1,113.40 211.37 5,268 3,612.21 3,757.85 961
1972 112.16 841.06 133 1,225.40 213.27 5,746 4,158.18 3,832.87 1,085
1973 136.77 860.18 159 1,369.80 215.20 6,365 5,071.72 3,908.34 1,298
1974 142.25 878.24 162 1,486.40 217.14 6,845 5,731.27 3,983.71 1,439
1975 161.16 895.02 180 1,624.00 219.11 7,412 6,410.10 4,058.85 1,579
1976 151.63 910.29 167 1,809.80 221.12 8,185 6,918.09 4,133.52 1,674
1977 172.35 924.30 186 2,014.30 223.17 9,026 7,786.55 4,207.87 1,850
1978 214.16 937.39 228 2,276.90 225.26 10,108 9,226.19 4,282.43 2,154
1979 263.19 950.16 277 2,544.50 227.36 11,192 10,612.15 4,357.92 2,435
1980 306.52 963.12 318 2,768.90 229.47 12,067 11,864.69 4,434.89 2,675
1981 293.85 976.24 301 3,105.40 231.58 13,410 12,114.79 4,513.39 2,684
1982 295.37 989.61 298 3,229.50 233.70 13,819 12,018.46 4,593.27 2,617
1983 314.64 1,003.49 314 3,508.80 235.88 14,875 12,342.58 4,674.76 2,640
1984 317.35 1,018.19 312 3,902.60 238.17 16,386 12,654.15 4,758.07 2,660
1985 309.08 1,033.91 299 4,187.50 240.61 17,404 12,992.63 4,843.27 2,683
1986 304.35 1,050.85 290 4,427.70 243.22 18,204 15,063.39 4,930.50 3,055
1987 329.85 1,068.79 309 4,702.10 245.99 19,115 17,084.50 5,019.46 3,404
1988 413.44 1,087.10 380 5,063.90 248.88 20,347 19,103.21 5,110.43 3,738
1989 459.78 1,104.96 416 5,441.70 251.85 21,607 19,992.30 5,200.59 3,844
1990 404.49 1,121.69 361 5,754.80 254.87 22,580 22,205.52 5,289.25 4,198
1991 424.12 1,137.13 373 5,943.20 257.91 23,044 23,292.05 5,376.51 4,332
1992 499.86 1,151.40 434 6,291.50 260.99 24,106 24,903.07 5,462.07 4,559
1993 641.07 1,164.68 550 6,614.30 264.12 25,043 25,363.08 5,546.37 4,573
1994 582.65 1,177.33 495 7,030.50 267.34 26,298 27,082.66 5,629.59 4,811
1995 756.96 1,189.61 636 7,359.30 270.65 27,191 29,928.14 5,712.03 5,239
1996 892.01 1,201.56 742 7,783.90 274.07 28,401 30,539.99 5,793.77 5,271
1997 985.05 1,213.02 812 8,278.90 277.57 29,827 30,430.26 5,874.62 5,180
1998 1,045.20 1,224.06 854 8,741.00 281.08 31,098 30,188.14 5,954.79 5,070
1999 1,100.78 1,234.64 892 9,301.00 284.53 32,689 31,358.43 6,034.57 5,196
2000 1,192.84 1,244.68 958 9,898.80 287.84 34,390 32,244.44 6,114.19 5,274
2001 1,316.56 1,254.28 1,050 10,233.90 291.00 35,169 32,049.16 6,193.69 5,174
2002 1,454.04 1,263.46 1,151 10,590.20 294.01 36,020 33,379.55 6,273.09 5,321
2003 1,647.92 1,272.34 1,295 11,089.20 296.93 37,346 37,501.35 6,352.42 5,903
2004 1,936.50 1,280.98 1,512 11,812.30 299.82 39,398 42,226.46 6,431.74 6,565
2005 2,302.72 1,289.48 1,786 12,579.70 302.74 41,553 45,721.51 6,511.01 7,022
2006 2,779.87 1,297.85 2,142 13,336.20 305.70 43,626 49,536.23 6,590.26 7,517
2007 3,458.33 1,306.13 2,648 14,010.80 308.67 45,390 55,755.97 6,669.48 8,360
2008 4,416.10 1,314.36 3,360 14,369.40 311.67 46,105 61,146.66 6,748.72 9,060
2009 4,984.43 1,322.61 3,769 14,119.29 314.66 44,872 58,068.61 6,827.99 8,504
GDP Pop GDP/capita GDP Pop GDP/capita GDP Pop GDP/capita
China China China US US US World World World
CIA World Factbook data online as of 3/10/11:
ER GDP 5,745 1,336.72 4,298 14,620 313.23 46,675 62,220 6,928.20 8,981
PPP GDP 9,872 1,336.72 7,385 14,720 313.23 46,994 74,430 6,928.20 10,743
PPP/ER ratio = 1.718 1.007 1.196
Notes:
1. UN data online as of 3/4/2011.
2. The UN uses exchange rate GDP conversions, not purchasing power parity conversions.
3. Capturing this data was inspired by reading Why The West Rules-For Now by Ian Morris, 2010.
4. US paranoia over China seems extreme!
5. The US can afford to help the rest of the world develop. Helping is more productive than greed.
6. Education of girls and birth control are the keys to a better world.
7. Which GDP calculation would the US have preferred as a developing nation between 1776 and 1914?
8. Perhaps the G20 could reach some agreement on calculation of GDP's. The UN is less likely to change.
9. Less volatile and moving average currency exchange rates might help control speculation.