Brazil vs China - Cost of Living Comparison

Brazil China
🚶 Cost of living one person
$661
$758
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1645
$1960
🏠 One person rent
$285
$342
🏘️ Family rent
$473
$568
🍽️ Food expenses
$217
$254
🚐 Transport expenses
$79.3
$75.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$396
$882
💸 GDP per capita
$6797
$10435
😃 Human freedom index
7.22
5.57
❤️ Life expectancy
76.1
77.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
38
45
🌐 English speaking %
5.1%
0.7%
🎓 Higher education
93
89
😀 Quality of life
45
50
🏙️ Population
213M
1.44B

The average cost of living in Brazil ($661) is 13% less expensive than in China ($758). Brazil ranked 128th 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 0.6 months in Brazil compared to 1.2 months in China. Ranked 113th and 90th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Brazil vs China

We calculate prices for Brazil and China as a population-weighted mean of 385 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.

Brazil China
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.61
$4.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.4
$22.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.82
$5.13
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.65
$1.77
 Cappuccino
$1.75
$3.7
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.98
$0.52
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$299
$386
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$193
$266
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$486
$690
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$345
$448
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.7
$36.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$81.3
$56.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.3
$14.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.53%
5.42%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1462
$4854
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1009
$3020
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.9
$0.4
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$40.2
$20.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$8.14
$4.83
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.24
$1.19
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.91
$1.89
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.04
$1.54
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$1.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.69
$13.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.81
$4.11
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.96
$11.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.45
$1.78
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.02
$1.36
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.91
$1.67
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$1.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.96
$0.85
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$0.92
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.42
$0.46
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.51
$1.31
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.55
$12.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.12
$0.87
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.09
$3.24
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.2
$5.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.95
$4.59
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.2
$1.54
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.85
$1.67
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$20.6
$35.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.56
$6.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$45.5
$36.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$6.8
$5.79
👖 Brand Jeans
$42.8
$59.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$69.8
$84.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$271
$397
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6225
$14282

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Cities Comparison in Brazil vs China

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Brazil

City Cost of living Population
Sao Paulo
$948
12.3M
Rio de Janeiro
$903
6.75M
Brasilia
$878
3.02M
Manaus
$828
2.22M
Curitiba
$698
1.88M
Belo Horizonte
$722
2.51M
Belem
$689
1.5M
Recife
$653
1.65M
Campinas
$753
1.16M
Salvador
$694
2.89M
Porto Alegre
$727
1.48M
Fortaleza
$565
2.45M
Santo Andre
$702
710K
Natal
$586
878K
Goiania
$683
1.39M
Guarulhos
$548
1.32M
Maceio
$564
1.03M
Nova Iguacu
$586
823K
Joao Pessoa
$632
818K
Ribeirao Preto
$682
666K
Niteroi
$733
497K
Sao Jose dos Campos
$621
689K
Sao Bernardo do Campo
$679
844K
Caxias do Sul
$492
517K
Jaboatao dos Guararapes
$594
707K
Vitoria
$650
356K
Jundiai
$776
402K
Osasco
$646
695K
Campos dos Goytacazes
$559
511K
Sorocaba
$672
645K

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