China vs Spain - Cost of Living Comparison

China Spain
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$1141
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$2609
🏠 One person rent
$342
$613
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$972
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$329
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$88.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$1701
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$27056
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
8.56
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
82.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
61
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
22%
🎓 Higher education
89
90
😀 Quality of life
50
73
🏙️ Population
1.44B
46.7M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 34% less expensive than in Spain ($1141). China ranked 108th vs 46th for Spain 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 1.5 months in Spain. Ranked 90th and 27th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Spain

We calculate prices for China and Spain as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 153 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 Spain
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.19
$11.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$40.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$7.85
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$3.03
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$2.08
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$1.85
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$620
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$470
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$1021
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$767
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$77.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$119
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$35.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
2.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$3348
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$2169
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$1.57
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$39.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$14.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$1.66
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$0.84
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$0.99
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.08
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$2.17
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$11.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$6.56
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$10.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$1.82
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$1.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.79
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$1.27
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.44
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$1.73
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$5.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$0.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$5.16
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$6.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$2.81
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$1.5
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$1.79
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$38.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$8.07
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$59.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$12.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$74
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$72.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$370
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$7276

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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 Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K