Busan vs Seattle - Cost of Living Comparison

Busan Seattle
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$2734
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2765
$6193
🏠 One person rent
$401
$1739
🏘️ Family rent
$777
$2798
🍽️ Food expenses
$390
$636
🚐 Transport expenses
$150
$176
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1891
$7689
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
9 km
🎓 Higher education
75
77
😀 Quality of life
89
92
🏙️ Population
3.45M
745K

The cost of living in Busan is 62% less expensive than in Seattle. Cities ranked 4532nd and 69th ($1031 vs $2734) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 8th and 57th 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 2.8 months in Seattle. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Seattle ranked 9th in the United States, while ranked 130th and 67th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs Seattle

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Busan Seattle
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.19
$16.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27
$69
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.85
$9.92
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.08
$7.02
 Cappuccino
$3.78
$5.22
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$2.51
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$382
$1851
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$279
$1494
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$851
$3116
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$578
$2426
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.3
$117
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$177
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.7
$57.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.49%
5.14%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4953
$6863
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3043
$4890
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.99
$2.74
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.2
$103
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$12.8
$20.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.33
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.95
$1.07
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.03
$3.27
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$3.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$3.67
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.2
$17.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.83
$13.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$22.8
$17.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
$4.96
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.63
$2.78
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$5.43
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$6.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.34
$2.34
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$3.31
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.57
$1.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.15
$2.94
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$10.8
$15.6
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.88
$3.86
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.34
$10.6
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.12
$8.08
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.14
$5.28
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$4.77
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.43
$2.47
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$44.9
$55
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.35
$14.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$27.8
$149
💇 Haircut, simple
$10.3
$23.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.1
$53.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.7
$99.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$288
$1661
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$22569
$27143

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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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9.1 km or 5.7 mi Mercer Island
$1941
11 km or 6.5 mi Bellevue
$2817
14 km or 8.5 mi Kirkland
$1944
15 km or 9.2 mi Tukwila
$2331
15 km or 9.5 mi Burien
$1946
16 km or 10 mi Bainbridge Island
$2335
17 km or 10 mi Shoreline
$2344
17 km or 10 mi Renton
$2340
17 km or 11 mi Redmond
$2682
17 km or 11 mi Kenmore
$1877
19 km or 12 mi SeaTac
$2467
21 km or 13 mi Bothell
$2304
22 km or 14 mi Sammamish
$1954
22 km or 14 mi Edmonds
$1950
23 km or 14 mi Issaquah
$2420
24 km or 15 mi Des Moines
$1949
24 km or 15 mi Lynnwood
$1952
24 km or 15 mi Bremerton
$2337
26 km or 16 mi Kent
$2072
30 km or 19 mi Mill Creek
$1938
33 km or 20 mi Federal Way
$1949
34 km or 21 mi Maple Valley
$1936
35 km or 21 mi Mukilteo
$1949
35 km or 22 mi Auburn
$2138
41 km or 25 mi Everett
$2379
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$2343
46 km or 28 mi University Place
$1959
48 km or 30 mi Puyallup
$2448
50 km or 31 mi Lake Stevens
$1938
51 km or 32 mi Lakewood
$2134
52 km or 33 mi Marysville
$1950
57 km or 35 mi Spanaway
$1965
74 km or 46 mi Lacey
$2242
76 km or 47 mi Olympia
$1998
78 km or 48 mi Sequim
$1931
80 km or 50 mi Oak Harbor
$1897
90 km or 56 mi Mount Vernon
$1950
100 km or 62 mi Port Angeles
$1782
109 km or 68 mi Centralia
$2061
119 km or 74 mi Victoria
$1906