China vs Germany - Cost of Living Comparison

China Germany
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$1325
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$3223
🏠 One person rent
$342
$720
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$1340
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$370
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$114
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$2611
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$46253
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
80
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
56.3%
🎓 Higher education
89
94
😀 Quality of life
50
79
🏙️ Population
1.44B
83.1M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 43% less expensive than in Germany ($1325). China ranked 108th vs 30th 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 2 months in Germany. Ranked 90th and 17th 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
$4.19
$10.9
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$47.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$8.42
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$3.72
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$3
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$2.43
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$667
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$519
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$1374
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$1025
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$138
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$212
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$33.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
1.98%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$5740
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$4180
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$2.86
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$70.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$20.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$2.11
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$0.94
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$1.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.8
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$2.59
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$11.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$7.39
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$14.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$2.4
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.64
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$2.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.46
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.45
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$1.81
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$5.59
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$0.69
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$7.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$8.86
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$2.47
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$1.42
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$1.54
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$31.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$11.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$58.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$15
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$75.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$83.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$330
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$11602

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Cities Comparison in China vs Germany

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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 Germany

City Cost of living Population
Berlin
$1761
3.66M
Hamburg City
$1757
1.85M
Munich
$1941
1.49M
Cologne
$1502
1.08M
Frankfurt
$1681
764K
Dusseldorf
$1470
646K
Stuttgart
$1516
630K
Essen
$1102
582K
Nuremberg
$1206
516K
Leipzig
$1178
597K
Dresden
$1125
555K
Hanover
$1253
543K
Dortmund
$1155
588K
Bremen City
$1260
567K
Duisburg
$1001
496K
Karlsruhe
$1355
308K
Mannheim
$1357
310K
Gelsenkirchen
$1351
259K
Bielefeld
$1498
334K
Braunschweig
$1158
249K
Freiburg im Breisgau
$1545
231K
Wuppertal
$1076
355K
Bonn
$1440
331K
Aachen
$1169
249K
Monchengladbach
$1256
260K
Krefeld
$1219
227K
Augsburg
$1389
296K
Wiesbaden
$1425
279K
Magdeburg
$1127
236K
Bochum
$1118
364K