China vs United Kingdom - Cost of Living Comparison

China United Kingdom
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$1804
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$4398
🏠 One person rent
$342
$1069
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$1906
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$426
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$164
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$2896
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$41059
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
8.75
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
78
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
98.3%
🎓 Higher education
89
100
😀 Quality of life
50
84
🏙️ Population
1.44B
66M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 58% less expensive than in the United Kingdom ($1804). China ranked 108th vs 16th for the United Kingdom 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 1.6 months in the United Kingdom. Ranked 90th and 6th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs the United Kingdom

We calculate prices for China and the United Kingdom as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 277 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 United Kingdom
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.19
$16.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$61
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$7.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$5.22
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$3.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$1.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$1107
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$843
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$2116
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$1547
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$136
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$209
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$36.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
3.05%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$7237
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$4450
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$3.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$92.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$1.93
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$1.15
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$1.25
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$2.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$7.71
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$7.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$11.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$2.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$2.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$2.53
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.34
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$1.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.84
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$2.43
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$9.12
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$2.29
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$14.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$5.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$4.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$2.44
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$40.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$102
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$14.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$76.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$81.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$1266
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$16823

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Cities Comparison in China vs the United Kingdom

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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 the United Kingdom

City Cost of living Population
London
$2759
8.91M
Birmingham
$1627
1.14M
Leeds
$1670
789K
Glasgow
$1533
626K
Bristol
$1799
567K
Manchester
$1764
548K
Leicester
$1421
464K
Solihull
$1464
207K
Edinburgh
$1695
488K
Sheffield
$1424
518K
Coventry
$1521
363K
Liverpool
$1498
513K
Westminster
$2602
255K
Portsmouth
$1387
248K
York
$1597
208K
Bolton
$1167
285K
Cardiff
$1551
361K
Swindon
$1524
222K
Brighton and Hove
$1747
285K
Belfast
$1545
334K
Sunderland
$1321
277K
Peterborough
$1239
194K
Southampton
$1569
271K
Milton Keynes
$1814
207K
Newcastle upon Tyne
$1340
300K
Nottingham
$1401
289K
Ipswich
$1409
290K
Northampton
$1529
212K
Derby
$1359
255K
Stoke-on-Trent
$1251
249K