Busan vs Seattle - Cost of Living Comparison

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Busan Seattle
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$3008
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2868
$7125
🏠 One person rent
$380
$1924
🏘️ Family rent
$856
$3357
🍽️ Food expenses
$420
$707
🚐 Transport expenses
$142
$170
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2478
$7356
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
9 km
🎓 Higher education
73
80
😀 Quality of life
90
90
🏙️ Population
3.45M
737K

The cost of living in Busan is 66% less expensive than in Seattle. Cities ranked 5144th and 140th ($1031 vs $3008) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 59th and 114th 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 2.4 months in Seattle. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Seattle ranked 15th in the United States, while ranked 108th and 107th 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
$5.71
$18.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.7
$85.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.29
$12
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.99
$8.29
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$5.84
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.36
$3.14
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$368
$2098
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$248
$1609
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$875
$3767
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$657
$2882
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$150
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$135
$231
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$19.3
$67.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.49%
6.77%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8506
$13900
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7564
$10199
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.01
$2.75
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.9
$96.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$11.2
$20.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.24
$1.29
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$1.17
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.86
$3.63
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.19
$4.51
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.14
$4.63
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.6
$16.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.52
$15.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$30
$20.2
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.62
$5.06
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.97
$2.04
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$4.79
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.44
$5.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$2.96
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.21
$3.36
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$1.45
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.11
$3.11
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.6
$16.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$3.02
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.36
$11.7
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.73
$10.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.06
$5.95
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.69
$7
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$2.51
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$41.9
$69.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.96
$15.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$25.1
$176
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.75
$28.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$70.1
$63.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$68.9
$95.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$530
$2009
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14047
$29732

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$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

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Distance City Cost of living
9.1 km or 5.7 mi Mercer Island
$2889
11 km or 6.5 mi Bellevue
$3477
14 km or 8.5 mi Kirkland
$2974
15 km or 9.2 mi Tukwila
$2629
15 km or 9.5 mi Burien
$2566
16 km or 10 mi Bainbridge Island
$2816
17 km or 10 mi Shoreline
$3132
17 km or 10 mi Renton
$2390
17 km or 11 mi Redmond
$3341
17 km or 11 mi Kenmore
$2738
19 km or 12 mi SeaTac
$2490
21 km or 13 mi Bothell
$2709
22 km or 14 mi Sammamish
$2826
22 km or 14 mi Edmonds
$2840
23 km or 14 mi Issaquah
$2716
24 km or 15 mi Des Moines
$2593
24 km or 15 mi Lynnwood
$2787
24 km or 15 mi Bremerton
$2316
26 km or 16 mi Kent
$2871
30 km or 19 mi Mill Creek
$2685
33 km or 20 mi Federal Way
$2637
34 km or 21 mi Maple Valley
$2629
35 km or 21 mi Mukilteo
$2638
35 km or 22 mi Auburn
$2651
41 km or 25 mi Everett
$2609
42 km or 26 mi Tacoma
$2888
46 km or 28 mi University Place
$2701
48 km or 30 mi Puyallup
$2738
50 km or 31 mi Lake Stevens
$2611
51 km or 32 mi Lakewood
$2480
52 km or 33 mi Marysville
$2584
57 km or 35 mi Spanaway
$2425
74 km or 46 mi Lacey
$2560
76 km or 47 mi Olympia
$2502
78 km or 48 mi Sequim
$2581
80 km or 50 mi Oak Harbor
$2596
90 km or 56 mi Mount Vernon
$2292
100 km or 62 mi Port Angeles
$2464
109 km or 68 mi Centralia
$2510
119 km or 74 mi Victoria
$2238