China vs Germany - Cost of Living Comparison

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China Germany
🚶 Cost of living one person
$693
$1578
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1908
$3826
🏠 One person rent
$295
$847
🏘️ Family rent
$537
$1574
🍽️ Food expenses
$243
$485
🚐 Transport expenses
$73.6
$112
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$835
$2905
💸 GDP per capita
$12720
$48718
😃 Human freedom index
5.15
8.37
❤️ Life expectancy
78.2
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
78
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
56.3%
🎓 Higher education
90
93
😀 Quality of life
50
92
🏙️ Population
1.44B
83.1M

The average cost of living in China ($693) is 56% less expensive than in Germany ($1578). China ranked 134th vs 27th for Germany 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 1.8 months in Germany. Ranked 82nd and 12th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Germany

We calculate prices for China and Germany as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 662 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 Germany
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.78
$13.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.1
$61.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$9.9
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.44
$4.37
 Cappuccino
$3.39
$3.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.49
$2.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$337
$776
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$223
$601
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$647
$1550
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$423
$1198
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36
$169
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.4
$260
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$13.1
$45.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.74%
3.9%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5416
$5547
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2836
$4291
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.37
$3.17
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.1
$55.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.18
$23.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$1.88
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.9
$1.18
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.53
$1.99
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$2.67
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.74
$3.59
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.5
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.8
$15.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12
$16
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$2.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
$1.48
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.57
$2.25
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$2.13
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
$1.7
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$1.93
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.4
$0.5
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$2.05
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
$5.77
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.83
$1.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.31
$8.53
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.88
$9.45
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.62
$2.85
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.47
$1.68
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.66
$1.81
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39
$35.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.2
$62.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.54
$17.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.1
$86.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$77.4
$91.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$447
$422
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16378
$12425

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In China

City Cost of living Population
Beijing
$1071
21.9M
Shanghai
$1202
24.9M
Hong Kong
$2638
7.41M
Shenzhen
$959
17.5M
Chongqing
$760
32.1M
Guangzhou
$759
18.7M
Chengdu
$653
20.9M
Tianjin
$730
13.9M
Xi'an
$609
13M
Hangzhou
$829
11.9M
Suzhou
$1114
12.7M
Baoding
$501
11.5M
Wuhan
$653
12.3M
Wuxi
$672
7.46M
Foshan
$580
9.5M
Quanzhou
$848
8.78M
Hefei
$717
9.37M
Nanjing
$749
9.31M
Bijie
$619
6.9M
Dongguan
$600
10.5M
Ganzhou
$831
8.97M
Changchun
$622
9.07M
Nantong
$659
7.73M
Jieyang
$726
6.09M
Qingdao
$662
10.1M
Changsha
$540
10M
Guiyang
$574
5.99M
Yantai
$762
7.1M
Zhengzhou
$545
12.6M
Kunming
$621
8.46M

In Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$2044
3.68M
Hamburg City
$1908
1.85M
Munich
$2130
1.49M
Cologne
$1744
1.07M
Frankfurt
$1877
759K
Stuttgart
$1726
626K
Dusseldorf
$1773
619K
Essen
$1571
579K
Bremen City
$1591
563K
Dortmund
$1335
587K
Dresden
$1396
555K
Leipzig
$1392
625K
Hanover
$1568
553K
Nuremberg
$1608
511K
Duisburg
$1351
495K
Karlsruhe
$1871
307K
Mannheim
$1449
312K
Wuppertal
$1173
355K
Bonn
$1566
332K
Braunschweig
$1361
249K
Augsburg
$1818
296K
Bochum
$1474
363K
Halle
$1239
238K
Bielefeld
$1398
334K
Aachen
$1484
249K
Wiesbaden
$1705
279K
Munster
$1634
318K
Monchengladbach
$1493
261K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1285
232K
Magdeburg
$1322
236K