Birmingham vs Glasgow - Cost of Living Comparison

Birmingham Glasgow
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1627
$1533
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4068
$3750
🏠 One person rent
$941
$841
🏘️ Family rent
$1695
$1500
🍽️ Food expenses
$382
$409
🚐 Transport expenses
$152
$142
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2753
$3163
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
11 km
🎓 Higher education
96
94
😀 Quality of life
94
96
🏙️ Population
1.14M
626K

The cost of living in Birmingham is 6% more expensive than in Glasgow. Cities ranked 2385th and 2601st ($1627 vs $1533) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 47th and 78th in the United Kingdom.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.7 months in Birmingham compared to 2.1 months in Glasgow. Ranked 3rd vs 2nd best cities to live in the United Kingdom, and 26th vs 11th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Birmingham vs Glasgow

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Birmingham Glasgow
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$10.6
$17.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$44.8
$67.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.91
$7.14
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.93
$4.83
 Cappuccino
$3.52
$3.48
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.76
$1.73
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$823
$848
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$715
$650
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1995
$1683
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1244
$1189
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$173
$118
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$270
$178
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$31.7
$34.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.91%
3.24%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7536
$5597
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4264
$2871
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.9
$3.01
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$66.5
$92.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.9
$13.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.92
$1.89
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.16
$1.14
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.19
$1.27
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.27
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.51
$2.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.18
$7.15
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.91
$6.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.27
$10.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.29
$2.12
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.18
$1.16
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.32
$1.82
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.29
$1.85
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.31
$1.16
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.28
$1.09
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.88
$0.81
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.31
$2.46
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.2
$8.44
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.05
$2.05
🚬 Cigarette pack
$13.3
$15.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.25
$2.76
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.09
$3.69
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.44
$2.17
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.24
$2.16
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$26.8
$32.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12
$12.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$100
💇 Haircut, simple
$12.8
$13.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$78.8
$75.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$85.3
$81.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1114
$858
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$17083
$14519

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Cities near Birmingham

Distance City Cost of living
4.7 km or 2.9 mi Smethwick
$1492
6.8 km or 4.2 mi West Bromwich
$1494
11 km or 6.6 mi Halesowen
$1501
12 km or 7.2 mi Solihull
$1464
12 km or 7.6 mi Walsall
$1464
14 km or 8.7 mi Dudley
$1368
14 km or 8.7 mi Aldridge
$1494
15 km or 9.6 mi Willenhall
$1492
17 km or 10 mi Stourbridge
$1326
19 km or 12 mi Wolverhampton
$1477
19 km or 12 mi Bromsgrove
$1498
20 km or 12 mi Redditch
$1484
22 km or 14 mi Tamworth
$1503
25 km or 15 mi Cannock
$1497
26 km or 16 mi Kidderminster
$1493
27 km or 17 mi Coventry
$1521
30 km or 19 mi Nuneaton
$1240
31 km or 19 mi Warwick
$1465
32 km or 20 mi Leamington Spa
$1627
35 km or 22 mi Stratford-upon-Avon
$1778
37 km or 23 mi Hinckley
$1503
39 km or 24 mi Worcester
$1562
39 km or 24 mi Stafford
$1290
40 km or 25 mi Burton upon Trent
$1482
43 km or 27 mi Telford
$1254
45 km or 28 mi Rugby
$1604
55 km or 34 mi Leicester
$1421
57 km or 35 mi Derby
$1359
57 km or 35 mi Loughborough
$1497
60 km or 37 mi Banbury
$1558
61 km or 38 mi Stoke-on-Trent
$1251
63 km or 39 mi Shrewsbury
$1272
63 km or 39 mi Newcastle-under-Lyme
$1314
66 km or 41 mi Cheltenham
$1469
66 km or 41 mi Market Harborough
$1493
70 km or 44 mi Leek
$1497
72 km or 45 mi Gloucester
$1346
73 km or 45 mi Hereford
$1331
73 km or 46 mi Nottingham
$1401
73 km or 46 mi Northampton
$1529

Cities near Glasgow

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.9 mi East Kilbride
$1500
11 km or 7.1 mi Paisley
$1498
16 km or 10 mi Hamilton
$1497
19 km or 12 mi Cumbernauld
$1505
32 km or 20 mi Kilmarnock
$1148
34 km or 21 mi Greenock
$1198
35 km or 21 mi Stirling
$1282
37 km or 23 mi Irvine
$1496
40 km or 25 mi Alloa
$1497
46 km or 29 mi Livingston
$1378
50 km or 31 mi Ayr
$955
54 km or 34 mi Dunfermline
$1384
66 km or 41 mi Edinburgh
$1695
73 km or 45 mi Kirkcaldy
$1285
78 km or 49 mi Perth
$1553
97 km or 60 mi Dumfries
$1200
104 km or 65 mi Dundee
$1157
136 km or 85 mi Carlisle
$1273
152 km or 94 mi Whitehaven
$1461
161 km or 100 mi Bangor
$1128
170 km or 106 mi Newtownabbey
$1498
176 km or 110 mi Belfast
$1545
181 km or 112 mi Inverness
$1406
187 km or 116 mi Lisburn
$1495
191 km or 119 mi Douglas
$1482
193 km or 120 mi Newcastle upon Tyne
$1340
195 km or 121 mi Aberdeen
$1302
196 km or 121 mi Gateshead
$1498
200 km or 124 mi Jarrow
$1496
201 km or 125 mi Tynemouth
$1496
202 km or 126 mi South Shields
$1502
203 km or 126 mi Washington
$1495
207 km or 128 mi Elgin
$1409
208 km or 129 mi Durham
$1372
210 km or 131 mi Sunderland
$1321
211 km or 131 mi Bishop Auckland
$1492
218 km or 135 mi Derry
$1261
219 km or 136 mi Morecambe
$1408
222 km or 138 mi Lancaster
$1424
227 km or 141 mi Darlington
$1211