China vs Russia - Cost of Living Comparison

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China Russia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$693
$664
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1908
$1699
🏠 One person rent
$295
$316
🏘️ Family rent
$537
$604
🍽️ Food expenses
$243
$222
🚐 Transport expenses
$73.6
$53.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$835
$623
💸 GDP per capita
$12720
$15271
😃 Human freedom index
5.15
5.81
❤️ Life expectancy
78.2
69.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
26
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
3.5%
🎓 Higher education
90
85
😀 Quality of life
50
44
🏙️ Population
1.44B
147M

The average cost of living in China ($693) is 4% more expensive than in Russia ($664). China ranked 134th vs 140th for Russia 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 Russia. Ranked 82nd and 107th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Russia

We calculate prices for China and Russia as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 122 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 Russia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.78
$6.23
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.1
$27.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$4.28
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.44
$2.02
 Cappuccino
$3.39
$1.93
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.49
$0.85
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$337
$365
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$223
$231
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$647
$752
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$423
$457
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36
$53.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.4
$82.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$13.1
$6.04
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.74%
11.45%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5416
$2354
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2836
$1508
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.37
$0.44
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.1
$20.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.18
$5.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$0.58
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.9
$0.85
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.53
$0.49
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.96
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.74
$1.23
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.5
$8.35
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.8
$3.82
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12
$7.13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$1.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
$1.17
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.57
$1.62
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.99
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
$0.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$0.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.4
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$1.44
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
$6.15
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.83
$0.79
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.31
$2.19
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.88
$5.6
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.62
$2.8
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.47
$1.23
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.66
$1.39
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39
$30.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$4.14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.2
$19
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.54
$5.92
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.1
$63.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$77.4
$81.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$447
$265
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16378
$6204

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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 Russia

City Cost of living Population
Moscow
$1036
12.5M
Saint Petersburg
$836
5.38M
Yekaterinburg
$678
1.47M
Novosibirsk
$669
1.63M
Nizhny Novgorod
$619
1.25M
Kazan
$630
1.24M
Rostov-on-Don
$613
1.14M
Ufa
$553
1.12M
Chelyabinsk
$488
1.2M
Samara
$635
1.17M
Voronezh
$448
1.05M
Krasnoyarsk
$640
1.08M
Omsk
$422
1.17M
Perm
$534
1.05M
Krasnodar
$558
949K
Tyumen
$627
745K
Saratov
$530
845K
Sevastopol
$632
522K
Volgograd
$519
1M
Surgut
$625
396K
Vladivostok
$764
597K
Kemerovo
$495
559K
Khabarovsk
$637
616K
Balashikha
$654
468K
Irkutsk
$622
624K
Izhevsk
$572
646K
Naberezhnye Chelny
$509
534K
Yaroslavl
$507
601K
Yakutsk
$819
312K
Orenburg
$507
565K