Canada vs South Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

Canada South Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1832
$1062
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4256
$2839
🏠 One person rent
$1065
$457
🏘️ Family rent
$1824
$948
🍽️ Food expenses
$513
$416
🚐 Transport expenses
$128
$100
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3381
$2022
💸 GDP per capita
$43258
$31598
😃 Human freedom index
8.85
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
81.7
83.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
74
62
🌐 English speaking %
82.1%
20%
🎓 Higher education
99
88
😀 Quality of life
82
77
🏙️ Population
37M
51.5M

The average cost of living in Canada ($1832) is 72% more expensive than in South Korea ($1062). Canada ranked 14th vs 53rd for South Korea in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.8 months in Canada compared to 1.9 months in South Korea. Ranked 7th and 20th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Canada vs South Korea

We calculate prices for Canada and South Korea as a population-weighted mean of 153 and 87 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.

Canada South Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$14
$5.59
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$62.2
$29.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$5.02
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.11
$2.84
 Cappuccino
$3.56
$3.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.83
$1.33
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1053
$458
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$885
$331
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1892
$1094
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1564
$733
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$79.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$136
$122
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$58
$21
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.09%
3.64%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5829
$7604
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4449
$5485
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.59
$1.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$82.9
$42.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$9.67
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.5
$1.3
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.02
$1.93
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.22
$2.34
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.73
$3.02
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.04
$3.25
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.6
$14
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$8.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$28.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.42
$5.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$3.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.31
$4.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.55
$4.69
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.21
$2.96
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.17
$2.36
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.11
$0.64
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.14
$2.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.69
$1.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$12
$3.37
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.1
$4.98
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.36
$5.13
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.44
$2.47
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.15
$1.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39.8
$42.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11
$8.6
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$76
$29.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$16
$8.47
👖 Brand Jeans
$53.1
$58.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.7
$72.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$864
$352
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13499
$18313

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Cities Comparison in Canada vs South Korea

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Canada

City Cost of living Population
Toronto
$2286
2.73M
Calgary
$1881
1.24M
Montreal
$1727
1.76M
Edmonton
$1692
933K
Ottawa
$1867
934K
Brampton
$1957
594K
Vancouver
$2298
631K
Mississauga
$2225
722K
Quebec City
$1249
549K
Surrey
$1950
518K
Winnipeg
$1582
705K
Hamilton
$1926
537K
Halifax
$1926
403K
Laval
$1389
438K
London
$1712
384K
Longueuil
$1411
254K
Markham
$2466
329K
Vaughan
$2378
306K
Oshawa
$1649
159K
Saskatoon
$1513
246K
Burnaby
$2209
233K
Greater Sudbury
$1446
162K
Richmond
$1869
198K
Kitchener
$1693
233K
Richmond Hill
$2166
195K
Regina
$1502
215K
Burlington
$2146
183K
Gatineau
$1490
291K
Oakville
$2191
194K
Windsor
$1812
217K

In South Korea

City Cost of living Population
Seoul
$1460
9.67M
Busan
$1031
3.45M
Incheon
$1002
2.91M
Daegu
$918
2.46M
Gwangju
$902
1.49M
Daejeon
$944
1.48M
Seongnam
$1022
949K
Suwon
$977
1.23M
Ulsan
$1066
1.17M
Changwon
$955
1.05M
Goyang
$1002
1.06M
Yongin
$1049
971K
Bucheon
$1121
868K
Cheongju
$880
833K
Namyangju
$970
713K
Jeju Island
$968
696K
Pohang
$775
520K
Jeju
$1542
435K
Hwaseong
$965
655K
Ansan
$921
653K
Anyang
$1102
573K
Jeonju
$791
653K
Cheonan
$930
652K
Gimhae
$839
534K
Pyeongtaek
$809
458K
Masan
$945
430K
Siheung
$945
425K
Uijeongbu
$998
422K
Paju
$941
415K
Gumi
$951
421K