China vs Laos - Cost of Living Comparison

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China Laos
🚶 Cost of living one person
$693
$1168
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1908
$2413
🏠 One person rent
$295
$770
🏘️ Family rent
$537
$1124
🍽️ Food expenses
$243
$243
🚐 Transport expenses
$73.6
$76.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$835
$378
💸 GDP per capita
$12720
$2054
😃 Human freedom index
5.15
5.34
❤️ Life expectancy
78.2
68.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
28
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
6%
🎓 Higher education
90
24
😀 Quality of life
50
25
🏙️ Population
1.44B
6.86M

The average cost of living in China ($693) is 41% less expensive than in Laos ($1168). China ranked 134th vs 56th for Laos 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 0.3 months in Laos. Ranked 82nd and 160th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Laos

We calculate prices for China and Laos as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 4 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 Laos
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.78
$2.02
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.1
$37.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$4.33
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.44
$1.06
 Cappuccino
$3.39
$1.59
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.49
$0.94
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$337
$647
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$223
$717
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$647
$1865
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$423
$820
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36
$52.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.4
$80
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$13.1
$15
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.74%
10.2%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5416
$3476
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2836
$876
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.37
$0.6
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.1
$15.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.18
$14.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.9
$1.84
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.53
$1.15
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.04
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.74
$1.72
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.5
$16.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.8
$5.67
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12
$5.75
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$1.84
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
$1
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.57
$2.25
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.4
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
$1.12
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$1.1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.4
$0.28
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$0.76
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.83
$0.91
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.31
$1.66
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.88
$3.63
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.62
$2.96
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.47
$1.53
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.66
$1.08
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39
$51.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.2
$17.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.54
$1.89
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.1
$94.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$77.4
$76.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$447
$350
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16378
$9934

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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 Laos

City Cost of living Population
Vientiane
$1177
948K
Thakhek
$1113
85K
Luang Prabang
$1121
53.8K
Vang Vieng
$1122
25K