China vs France - Cost of Living Comparison

China France
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$1363
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$3344
🏠 One person rent
$342
$708
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$1318
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$456
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$90.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$2346
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$39037
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
8.34
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
82.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
71
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
35.2%
🎓 Higher education
89
87
😀 Quality of life
50
74
🏙️ Population
1.44B
67.1M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 44% less expensive than in France ($1363). China ranked 108th vs 29th for France in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.2 months in China compared to 1.7 months in France. Ranked 90th and 26th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs France

We calculate prices for China and France as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 151 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.

China France
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.19
$13.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$52.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$9.27
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$5.58
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$2.99
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$2.54
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$699
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$557
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$1385
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$1086
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$92.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$142
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$30.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
1.55%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$5659
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$4292
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$1.72
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$51.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$17.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$1.88
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$1.51
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.68
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$3.41
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$14.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$10.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$17.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$2.79
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$2.01
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$2.7
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$2.96
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.97
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$2.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.54
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$2.19
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$7.56
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$2.18
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$7.27
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$3.83
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$2.07
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$2.06
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$35.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$10.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$26
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$17.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$81.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$88.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$653
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$9101

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In China

City Cost of living Population
Shanghai
$1413
24.9M
Beijing
$1281
21.9M
Shenzhen
$1134
17.5M
Guangzhou
$995
18.7M
Hong Kong
$2822
7.5M
Chengdu
$752
20.9M
Hangzhou
$882
11.9M
Xi'an
$583
13M
Wuhan
$639
12.3M
Nantong
$1047
7.73M
Suzhou
$921
12.7M
Tianjin
$778
13.9M
Changchun
$634
9.07M
Ningbo
$809
9.4M
Nanjing
$817
9.31M
Shijiazhuang
$576
10.6M
Foshan
$641
9.5M
Qingdao
$663
10.1M
Nanyang
$755
9.71M
Wenzhou
$968
9.57M
Dongguan
$787
10.5M
Handan
$796
9.41M
Weifang
$773
9.39M
Jieyang
$747
6.09M
Shantou
$1051
5.5M
Hefei
$676
9.37M
Zhoukou
$791
9.03M
Ganzhou
$792
8.97M
Quanzhou
$757
8.78M
Heze
$1436
8.8M

In France

City Cost of living Population
Paris
$2095
2.17M
Marseille
$1329
871K
Lyon
$1379
523K
Toulouse
$1327
493K
Montpellier
$1252
296K
Nice
$1419
343K
Nantes
$1214
319K
Strasbourg
$1131
287K
Lille
$1229
234K
Bordeaux
$1315
261K
Boulogne-Billancourt
$1308
122K
Rennes
$1153
220K
Reims
$1326
181K
Toulon
$1259
179K
Angers
$1161
156K
Le Havre
$1124
168K
Aix-en-Provence
$1402
145K
Grenoble
$1211
158K
Clermont-Ferrand
$1225
148K
Saint-Etienne
$952
174K
Le Mans
$1239
144K
Nimes
$1051
149K
Tours
$1142
137K
Villeurbanne
$1329
152K
Dijon
$1100
158K
Annecy
$1567
131K
Limoges
$1105
131K
Brest
$1052
140K
Versailles
$1406
84.8K
Amiens
$1150
135K