China vs Mexico - Cost of Living Comparison

China Mexico
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$713
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$1726
🏠 One person rent
$342
$319
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$559
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$263
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$61.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$641
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$8329
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
6.92
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
75.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
31
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
13%
🎓 Higher education
89
90
😀 Quality of life
50
48
🏙️ Population
1.44B
125M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 6% more expensive than in Mexico ($713). China ranked 108th vs 118th for Mexico 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 0.9 months in Mexico. Ranked 90th and 99th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Mexico

We calculate prices for China and Mexico as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 144 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 Mexico
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.19
$7.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$22.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$5.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$2.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$0.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$402
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$227
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$705
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$429
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$33.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$51.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$22.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
11.07%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$1312
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$901
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$0.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$23.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$8.64
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$1.35
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$1.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$6.33
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$5.49
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$8.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$2.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.08
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$1.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.19
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$1.21
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.51
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$1.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$10.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$1.19
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$3.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$4.77
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$2.77
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$1.53
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$33.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$3.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$26.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$7.26
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$41.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$73
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$200
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$3998

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Cities Comparison in China vs Mexico

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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 Mexico

City Cost of living Population
Mexico City
$941
8.92M
Ciudad Juarez
$804
1.32M
Tijuana
$913
1.96M
Zapopan
$759
1.48M
Ecatepec de Morelos
$752
1.93M
Guadalajara
$751
1.46M
Monterrey
$886
1.14M
Leon
$662
1.58M
Chihuahua
$691
878K
Puebla
$657
1.43M
Saltillo
$715
864K
Aguascalientes
$581
934K
San Luis Potosi
$743
773K
Hermosillo
$730
856K
Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl
$622
1.08M
Naucalpan
$752
872K
Cancun
$868
889K
Mexicali
$659
1.03M
Cuautitlan Izcalli
$545
531K
Torreon
$577
717K
Merida
$823
892K
Queretaro
$736
626K
Culiacan
$627
808K
Irapuato
$526
593K
Mazatlan
$699
658K
Tlaquepaque
$623
664K
Tlalnepantla
$794
653K
Guadalupe
$714
692K
San Nicolas de los Garza
$796
443K
Apodaca
$697
523K