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

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Busan San Jose
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$3633
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2868
$7743
🏠 One person rent
$380
$2546
🏘️ Family rent
$856
$4259
🍽️ Food expenses
$420
$723
🚐 Transport expenses
$142
$196
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2478
$6838
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
8 km
🎓 Higher education
73
87
😀 Quality of life
90
91
🏙️ Population
3.45M
1.01M

The cost of living in Busan is 72% less expensive than in San Jose, United States. Cities ranked 5144th and 13th ($1031 vs $3633) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 59th and 11th 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 2.4 months in Busan compared to 1.9 months in San Jose, United States. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs San Jose, United States ranked 11th in the United States, while ranked 108th and 80th 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
$5.71
$18.6
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.7
$93
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.29
$12.1
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.99
$7.98
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$5.88
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.36
$2.93
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$368
$2468
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$248
$2266
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$875
$4761
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$657
$3720
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$157
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$135
$248
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$19.3
$83.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.49%
6.5%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8506
$19303
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7564
$12497
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.01
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.9
$110
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$11.2
$19.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.24
$1.32
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$1.38
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.86
$4.67
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.19
$4.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.14
$5.01
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.6
$15.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.52
$14.4
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$30
$20.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.62
$6.1
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.97
$2.23
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$4.81
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.44
$6.33
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$3.87
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.21
$3.06
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$1.68
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.11
$2.35
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.6
$16.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$2.16
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.36
$11.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.73
$9.2
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.06
$7.06
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.69
$3.95
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$2.3
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$41.9
$105
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.96
$15.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$25.1
$100
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.75
$19.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$70.1
$58.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$68.9
$97.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$530
$1693
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14047
$15841

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Distance City Cost of living
21 km or 13 mi Gimhae
$931
27 km or 16 mi Yangsan
$994
40 km or 25 mi Changwon
$1112
46 km or 28 mi Masan
$1029
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$925
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
$1008
56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1151
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$948
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$972
81 km or 50 mi Tsushima Island
$921
84 km or 52 mi Gyeongsan
$1053
85 km or 53 mi Gyeongju
$1358
87 km or 54 mi Jinju
$884
94 km or 58 mi Daegu
$1108
98 km or 61 mi Yeongcheon
$1047
102 km or 64 mi Tsushima
$922
108 km or 67 mi Pohang
$1047
123 km or 77 mi Gwangyang
$1043
131 km or 82 mi Yeosu
$1120
138 km or 86 mi Gumi
$1060
141 km or 88 mi Gimcheon
$1082
142 km or 88 mi Suncheon
$1060
154 km or 96 mi Namwon
$999
162 km or 101 mi Iki
$937
165 km or 103 mi Andong
$880
166 km or 103 mi Sangju
$1062
183 km or 113 mi Mungyeong
$1034
189 km or 118 mi Jeonju
$823
193 km or 120 mi Gwangju
$1150
195 km or 121 mi Yeongju
$1002
198 km or 123 mi Hirado
$937
199 km or 124 mi Munakata
$946
199 km or 124 mi Fukutsu
$961
200 km or 124 mi Okagaki
$929
201 km or 125 mi Koga
$971
201 km or 125 mi Shingu
$976
202 km or 125 mi Itoshima
$972
202 km or 126 mi Karatsu
$949
204 km or 127 mi Daejeon
$952
205 km or 127 mi Jeongeup
$990

Cities near San Jose, United States

Distance City Cost of living
7.6 km or 4.7 mi Campbell
$3334
9.7 km or 6.1 mi Santa Clara
$3284
11 km or 6.8 mi Los Gatos
$4268
13 km or 8.4 mi Saratoga
$3221
15 km or 9.1 mi Milpitas
$3075
15 km or 9.3 mi Cupertino
$2946
16 km or 10 mi Sunnyvale
$3276
18 km or 11 mi Mountain View
$3218
21 km or 13 mi Los Altos
$3067
27 km or 17 mi Palo Alto
$3501
27 km or 17 mi Morgan Hill
$3028
28 km or 18 mi Fremont
$3197
29 km or 18 mi Newark
$3032
29 km or 18 mi East Palo Alto
$3175
32 km or 20 mi Menlo Park
$3212
36 km or 22 mi Union
$2944
38 km or 23 mi Redwood
$3359
39 km or 24 mi Santa Cruz
$3359
41 km or 25 mi San Carlos
$3330
41 km or 25 mi Pleasanton
$3617
42 km or 26 mi Gilroy
$2859
43 km or 27 mi Livermore
$3018
44 km or 27 mi Watsonville
$2967
44 km or 27 mi Belmont
$3701
44 km or 28 mi Foster
$3512
45 km or 28 mi Hayward
$2728
46 km or 28 mi Dublin
$3114
47 km or 29 mi San Lorenzo
$2637
48 km or 30 mi San Mateo
$3587
48 km or 30 mi Castro Valley
$2884
53 km or 33 mi San Leandro
$2966
53 km or 33 mi Burlingame
$3247
54 km or 33 mi San Ramon
$2826
57 km or 36 mi Millbrae
$3206
59 km or 36 mi Danville
$2919
60 km or 38 mi San Bruno
$3148
61 km or 38 mi Alameda
$3338
62 km or 38 mi Tracy
$2170
63 km or 39 mi South San Francisco
$3153
64 km or 40 mi Oakland
$3185