Australia vs China - Cost of Living Comparison

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Australia China
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2305
$693
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5368
$1908
🏠 One person rent
$1350
$295
🏘️ Family rent
$2278
$537
🍽️ Food expenses
$545
$243
🚐 Transport expenses
$265
$73.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3562
$835
💸 GDP per capita
$65100
$12720
😃 Human freedom index
8.52
5.15
❤️ Life expectancy
83.3
78.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
75
42
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
0.7%
🎓 Higher education
99
90
😀 Quality of life
94
50
🏙️ Population
25.7M
1.44B

The average cost of living in Australia ($2305) is 233% more expensive than in China ($693). Australia ranked 9th vs 134th for China in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Australia compared to 1.2 months in China. Ranked 5th and 82nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs China

We calculate prices for Australia and China as a population-weighted mean of 64 and 544 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Australia China
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$14.8
$3.78
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$70.3
$22.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.71
$5.06
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$7.12
$1.44
 Cappuccino
$3.4
$3.39
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.56
$0.49
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1447
$337
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1110
$223
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2761
$647
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1862
$423
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$118
$36
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$181
$55.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$54.1
$13.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.54%
4.74%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$10809
$5416
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7758
$2836
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.04
$0.37
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$112
$22.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$22.2
$4.18
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.28
$1.16
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.41
$1.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.34
$1.53
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.19
$1.08
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.05
$1.74
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.2
$12.5
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.62
$3.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14
$12
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$1.7
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.66
$1.3
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
$1.57
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.13
$1.23
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.45
$0.82
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.14
$0.93
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$0.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.45
$1.21
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.4
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.01
$0.83
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.6
$3.31
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.54
$4.88
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.46
$4.62
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.69
$1.47
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.92
$1.66
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$52.6
$39
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$6.04
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$55.8
$34.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.7
$5.54
👖 Brand Jeans
$83.5
$55.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$118
$77.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1632
$447
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14869
$16378

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2708
4.84M
Melbourne
$2419
4.53M
Brisbane
$2377
2.36M
Perth
$2336
2.14M
Adelaide
$2174
1.3M
Gold Coast
$2129
638K
Sunshine Coast
$1890
284K
Canberra
$2505
381K
Wollongong
$1441
262K
Ipswich
$1792
233K
Hobart
$2296
222K
Townsville
$1262
174K
Geelong
$1683
191K
Newcastle
$1472
153K
Cairns
$1614
147K
Darwin
$1569
140K
Launceston
$1724
106K
Ballarat
$1331
116K
Bendigo
$1321
103K
Bunbury
$1609
71.1K
Toowoomba
$1542
108K
Melton
$1711
72.2K
Rockhampton
$1416
63.2K
Wagga Wagga
$1460
67.4K
Pakenham
$1734
54.1K
Orange
$1617
41.2K
Tarneit
$1665
56.4K
Frankston
$1728
37.3K
Berwick
$1733
50.3K
Hervey Bay
$1789
54.7K

In China

City Cost of living Population
Beijing
$1071
21.9M
Shanghai
$1202
24.9M
Hong Kong
$2638
7.41M
Shenzhen
$959
17.5M
Chongqing
$760
32.1M
Guangzhou
$759
18.7M
Chengdu
$653
20.9M
Tianjin
$730
13.9M
Xi'an
$609
13M
Hangzhou
$829
11.9M
Suzhou
$1114
12.7M
Baoding
$501
11.5M
Wuhan
$653
12.3M
Wuxi
$672
7.46M
Foshan
$580
9.5M
Quanzhou
$848
8.78M
Hefei
$717
9.37M
Nanjing
$749
9.31M
Bijie
$619
6.9M
Dongguan
$600
10.5M
Ganzhou
$831
8.97M
Changchun
$622
9.07M
Nantong
$659
7.73M
Jieyang
$726
6.09M
Qingdao
$662
10.1M
Changsha
$540
10M
Guiyang
$574
5.99M
Yantai
$762
7.1M
Zhengzhou
$545
12.6M
Kunming
$621
8.46M