Charlotte vs Shanghai - Cost of Living Comparison

Charlotte Shanghai
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2038
$1413
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4746
$4223
🏠 One person rent
$1214
$783
🏘️ Family rent
$2103
$1826
🍽️ Food expenses
$509
$347
🚐 Transport expenses
$159
$111
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5286
$1372
😷 Air quality
Good
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
9 km
13 km
🎓 Higher education
68
100
😀 Quality of life
89
77
🏙️ Population
875K
24.9M

The cost of living in Charlotte is 44% more expensive than in Shanghai. Cities ranked 463rd and 2914th ($2038 vs $1413) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 365th and 5th in the United States and China, respectively. Check the United States vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.6 months in Charlotte compared to 1 months in Shanghai. Charlotte ranked 21st best city to live in the United States vs Shanghai ranked 4th in China, while ranked 111th and 525th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Charlotte vs Shanghai

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Charlotte Shanghai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.9
$6.14
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$49.6
$48.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.31
$6.01
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.38
$2.68
 Cappuccino
$4.88
$4.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.08
$0.56
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1415
$1078
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$973
$633
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2604
$2745
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1730
$1493
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$87.1
$41.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$134
$63.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$65
$18.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.21%
5.13%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3644
$18571
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1693
$9787
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.62
$0.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$86.1
$30.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$18.1
$6.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.98
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.84
$2.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.67
$2.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.02
$1.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.9
$2.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.77
$18.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.1
$5.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.42
$2.41
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.63
$1.68
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.99
$2.29
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.08
$1.7
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.96
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.68
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
$0.48
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.72
$1.6
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.4
$17
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.21
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$7.27
$3.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.97
$4.59
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.53
$5.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.15
$1.55
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.74
$2.61
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.8
$66.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.9
$9.04
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$143
$135
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.6
$18.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$42.1
$78.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$80
$108
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$913
$1377
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14990
$27661

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Distance City Cost of living
17 km or 10 mi Matthews
$1934
17 km or 11 mi Mint Hill
$1947
20 km or 13 mi Huntersville
$1946
23 km or 14 mi Indian Trail
$1948
28 km or 18 mi Cornelius
$1843
30 km or 18 mi Concord
$1876
31 km or 19 mi Gastonia
$1828
36 km or 22 mi Kannapolis
$1934
36 km or 22 mi Rock Hill
$1694
38 km or 23 mi Monroe
$1939
40 km or 25 mi Mooresville
$1919
57 km or 35 mi Lancaster
$2033
59 km or 37 mi Salisbury
$1949
62 km or 39 mi Statesville
$1944
63 km or 39 mi Shelby
$1911
72 km or 45 mi Hickory
$1641
94 km or 58 mi Forest
$1947
101 km or 63 mi Thomasville
$1508
104 km or 64 mi Rockingham
$1946
104 km or 65 mi Spartanburg
$1725
108 km or 67 mi Asheboro
$1950
111 km or 69 mi Winston-Salem
$1724
113 km or 70 mi High Point
$1642
120 km or 75 mi Kernersville
$1872
130 km or 81 mi Greer
$1940
132 km or 82 mi Greensboro
$1640
138 km or 86 mi Columbia
$1956
142 km or 88 mi Mauldin
$1938
143 km or 89 mi Lexington
$1948
147 km or 91 mi Greenville
$1750
152 km or 94 mi Florence
$2021
152 km or 95 mi Sumter
$1275
154 km or 96 mi Sanford
$1360
159 km or 99 mi Burlington
$1949
160 km or 99 mi Asheville
$2262
166 km or 103 mi Greenwood
$1937
176 km or 109 mi Fayetteville
$1570
179 km or 111 mi Chapel Hill
$2494
180 km or 112 mi Lumberton
$1820
184 km or 114 mi Anderson
$1764

Cities near Shanghai

Distance City Cost of living
9.4 km or 5.8 mi Pudong
$759
47 km or 29 mi Taicang
$677
53 km or 33 mi Kunshan
$699
74 km or 46 mi Qidong
$677
82 km or 51 mi Suzhou
$921
82 km or 51 mi Jiaxing
$730
85 km or 53 mi Haimen
$673
88 km or 55 mi Changshu
$689
106 km or 66 mi Nantong
$1047
117 km or 73 mi Zhangjiagang
$686
121 km or 75 mi Wuxi
$861
135 km or 84 mi Huzhou
$720
141 km or 87 mi Jiangyin
$681
142 km or 88 mi Zhoushan
$680
144 km or 89 mi Ningbo
$809
148 km or 92 mi Jingjiang
$665
155 km or 96 mi Shaoxing
$745
158 km or 98 mi Yixing
$678
159 km or 99 mi Changzhou
$782
160 km or 100 mi Rugao
$682
161 km or 100 mi Hangzhou
$882
177 km or 110 mi Taixing
$678
179 km or 111 mi Hai'an
$669
191 km or 119 mi Liyang
$666
197 km or 122 mi Yangzhong
$649
198 km or 123 mi Guangde
$657
201 km or 125 mi Danyang
$669
208 km or 129 mi Taizhou
$696
217 km or 135 mi Dongtai
$675
223 km or 139 mi Zhenjiang
$588
235 km or 146 mi Yangzhou
$709
236 km or 146 mi Jurong
$664
244 km or 152 mi Ningguo
$651
246 km or 153 mi Yiwu
$696
250 km or 155 mi Xinghua
$682
250 km or 156 mi Yizheng
$660
259 km or 161 mi Linhai
$675
260 km or 161 mi Xuancheng
$732
262 km or 163 mi Gaoyou
$669
274 km or 170 mi Nanjing
$817