Australia vs China - Cost of Living Comparison

Australia China
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1947
$758
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4459
$1960
🏠 One person rent
$1094
$342
🏘️ Family rent
$1701
$568
🍽️ Food expenses
$495
$254
🚐 Transport expenses
$226
$75.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4211
$882
💸 GDP per capita
$51680
$10435
😃 Human freedom index
8.84
5.57
❤️ Life expectancy
83.2
77.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
45
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
0.7%
🎓 Higher education
98
89
😀 Quality of life
92
50
🏙️ Population
24.5M
1.44B

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 157% more expensive than in China ($758). Australia ranked 10th vs 108th 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 2.2 months in Australia compared to 1.2 months in China. Ranked 2nd and 90th 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
$12.6
$4.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.4
$22.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$5.13
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.18
$1.77
 Cappuccino
$3.36
$3.7
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$0.52
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1161
$386
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$900
$266
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1991
$690
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1389
$448
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$91.4
$36.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
$56.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.6
$14.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.17%
5.42%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7083
$4854
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4653
$3020
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$0.4
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$103
$20.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$4.83
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.38
$1.19
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$1.89
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.96
$1.54
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$1.1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.73
$1.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.34
$13.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$4.11
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.9
$11.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$1.78
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.36
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$1.67
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.61
$1.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$0.85
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$0.92
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.46
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.28
$1.31
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.02
$0.87
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.2
$3.24
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.75
$5.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.41
$4.59
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$1.54
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$1.67
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.3
$35.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.4
$6.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.1
$36.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$5.79
👖 Brand Jeans
$72
$59.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$84.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1480
$397
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13190
$14282

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Cities Comparison in Australia vs China

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2294
4.84M
Melbourne
$1968
4.53M
Brisbane
$2056
2.36M
Perth
$1873
2.14M
Adelaide
$1654
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1776
638K
Canberra
$1792
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1808
353K
Newcastle
$1798
153K
Hobart
$1648
222K
Darwin
$1610
137K
Geelong
$1708
191K
Wollongong
$1554
262K
Townsville
$1224
179K
Launceston
$1477
106K
Toowoomba
$1462
136K
Cairns
$1400
147K
Ipswich
$1612
163K
Bendigo
$1610
95.6K
Blacktown
$1581
51K
Ballarat
$1740
98.5K
Rockhampton
$1390
78.6K
Orange
$1661
41.2K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1466
71.1K
Wagga Wagga
$1386
67.4K
Gladstone
$1603
45.1K
Tarneit
$1570
56.4K
Hervey Bay
$1658
54.7K
Pakenham
$1631
54.1K

In China

City Cost of living Population
Shanghai
$1413
24.9M
Beijing
$1281
21.9M
Shenzhen
$1134
17.5M
Guangzhou
$995
18.7M
Hong Kong
$2822
7.5M
Chengdu
$752
20.9M
Hangzhou
$882
11.9M
Xi'an
$583
13M
Wuhan
$639
12.3M
Nantong
$1047
7.73M
Suzhou
$921
12.7M
Tianjin
$778
13.9M
Changchun
$634
9.07M
Ningbo
$809
9.4M
Nanjing
$817
9.31M
Shijiazhuang
$576
10.6M
Foshan
$641
9.5M
Qingdao
$663
10.1M
Nanyang
$755
9.71M
Wenzhou
$968
9.57M
Dongguan
$787
10.5M
Handan
$796
9.41M
Weifang
$773
9.39M
Jieyang
$747
6.09M
Shantou
$1051
5.5M
Hefei
$676
9.37M
Zhoukou
$791
9.03M
Ganzhou
$792
8.97M
Quanzhou
$757
8.78M
Heze
$1436
8.8M