Busan vs San Jose, United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Busan San Jose
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$2722
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2765
$5577
🏠 One person rent
$401
$1819
🏘️ Family rent
$777
$2391
🍽️ Food expenses
$390
$574
🚐 Transport expenses
$150
$174
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1891
$7852
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
8 km
🎓 Higher education
75
87
😀 Quality of life
89
94
🏙️ Population
3.45M
1.03M

The cost of living in Busan is 62% less expensive than in San Jose, United States. Cities ranked 4532nd and 73rd ($1031 vs $2722) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 8th and 61st in South Korea and the United States, respectively. Check South Korea vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Busan compared to 2.9 months in San Jose, United States. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs San Jose, United States ranked 3rd in the United States, while ranked 130th and 23rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs San Jose, United States

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Busan San Jose
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.19
$16.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27
$62.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.85
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.08
$7.48
 Cappuccino
$3.78
$5.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$2.39
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$382
$1855
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$279
$1595
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$851
$3197
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$578
$1901
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.3
$111
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$171
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.7
$60.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
5.18%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4953
$13519
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3043
$8282
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
$2.77
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.2
$84.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$12.8
$18.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.5
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.95
$1.17
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$3.55
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$3.46
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$4.48
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$15
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.83
$10.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.8
$15.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
$4.51
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.63
$1.71
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$2.89
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$4.42
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
$2.15
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$2.01
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
$1.03
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.15
$2.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$18.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.88
$2.87
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.34
$10.5
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.12
$8.06
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.14
$7.04
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$3.97
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.43
$2.41
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$44.9
$59.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.35
$14.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.8
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$10.3
$18.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.1
$50.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.7
$83.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$288
$1946
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$22569
$26010

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$909
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46 km or 28 mi Masan
$945
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$945
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
$861
56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1066
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$900
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$795
81 km or 50 mi Tsushima Island
$1024
84 km or 52 mi Gyeongsan
$922
85 km or 53 mi Gyeongju
$1184
87 km or 54 mi Jinju
$765
94 km or 58 mi Daegu
$918
98 km or 61 mi Yeongcheon
$792
102 km or 64 mi Tsushima
$1021
108 km or 67 mi Pohang
$775
123 km or 77 mi Gwangyang
$963
131 km or 82 mi Yeosu
$1003
138 km or 86 mi Gumi
$951
141 km or 88 mi Gimcheon
$925
142 km or 88 mi Suncheon
$923
154 km or 96 mi Namwon
$895
162 km or 101 mi Iki
$1020
165 km or 103 mi Andong
$800
166 km or 103 mi Sangju
$981
183 km or 113 mi Mungyeong
$897
189 km or 118 mi Jeonju
$791
193 km or 120 mi Gwangju
$902
195 km or 121 mi Yeongju
$963
198 km or 123 mi Hirado
$1020
199 km or 124 mi Munakata
$1024
199 km or 124 mi Fukutsu
$1023
200 km or 124 mi Okagaki
$1024
201 km or 125 mi Koga
$1023
201 km or 125 mi Shingu
$1021
202 km or 125 mi Itoshima
$1021
202 km or 126 mi Karatsu
$1025
204 km or 127 mi Daejeon
$944
205 km or 127 mi Jeongeup
$901

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Distance City Cost of living
7.6 km or 4.7 mi Campbell
$1938
9.7 km or 6.1 mi Santa Clara
$2319
11 km or 6.8 mi Los Gatos
$2244
13 km or 8.4 mi Saratoga
$2285
15 km or 9.1 mi Milpitas
$1945
15 km or 9.3 mi Cupertino
$2797
16 km or 10 mi Sunnyvale
$3153
18 km or 11 mi Mountain View
$3127
21 km or 13 mi Los Altos
$1936
27 km or 17 mi Palo Alto
$2864
27 km or 17 mi Morgan Hill
$1941
28 km or 18 mi Fremont
$2940
29 km or 18 mi Newark
$1951
29 km or 18 mi East Palo Alto
$1946
32 km or 20 mi Menlo Park
$1942
36 km or 22 mi Union
$1945
38 km or 23 mi Redwood
$3431
39 km or 24 mi Santa Cruz
$2773
41 km or 25 mi San Carlos
$1935
41 km or 25 mi Pleasanton
$3108
42 km or 26 mi Gilroy
$2242
43 km or 27 mi Livermore
$3101
44 km or 27 mi Watsonville
$3036
44 km or 27 mi Belmont
$2736
44 km or 28 mi Foster
$2122
45 km or 28 mi Hayward
$2691
46 km or 28 mi Dublin
$1943
47 km or 29 mi San Lorenzo
$1813
48 km or 30 mi San Mateo
$3397
48 km or 30 mi Castro Valley
$2595
53 km or 33 mi San Leandro
$2188
53 km or 33 mi Burlingame
$1941
54 km or 33 mi San Ramon
$2142
57 km or 36 mi Millbrae
$1951
59 km or 36 mi Danville
$2146
60 km or 38 mi San Bruno
$1935
61 km or 38 mi Alameda
$3038
62 km or 38 mi Tracy
$2277
63 km or 39 mi South San Francisco
$1954
64 km or 40 mi Oakland
$3240