China vs Vietnam - Cost of Living Comparison

China Vietnam
🚶 Cost of living one person
$758
$622
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1960
$1741
🏠 One person rent
$342
$296
🏘️ Family rent
$568
$646
🍽️ Food expenses
$254
$201
🚐 Transport expenses
$75.2
$51.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$882
$441
💸 GDP per capita
$10435
$2786
😃 Human freedom index
5.57
5.9
❤️ Life expectancy
77.1
75.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
39
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
16%
🎓 Higher education
89
54
😀 Quality of life
50
55
🏙️ Population
1.44B
94.7M

The average cost of living in China ($758) is 22% more expensive than in Vietnam ($622). China ranked 108th vs 139th for Vietnam 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 0.7 months in Vietnam. Ranked 90th and 68th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in China vs Vietnam

We calculate prices for China and Vietnam as a population-weighted mean of 544 and 38 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 Vietnam
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.19
$2.05
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$19.7
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.13
$4.51
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.77
$0.91
 Cappuccino
$3.7
$1.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.52
$0.52
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$386
$344
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$266
$220
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$690
$850
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$448
$503
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36.9
$40.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$56.8
$63.2
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14.6
$10.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.42%
9.75%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4854
$2746
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3020
$1285
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$0.31
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$20.6
$7.81
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.83
$5.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.19
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.89
$1.43
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.54
$1.02
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$0.99
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.86
$1.45
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.3
$12.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.11
$3.62
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.8
$10.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.78
$2.6
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$1.13
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.67
$1.63
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$0.98
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.92
$1.18
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.31
$1.02
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$9.11
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.87
$0.82
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.24
$1.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.31
$2.01
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.59
$2.94
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.54
$1.16
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.67
$0.99
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.7
$23.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
$4.15
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$36.5
$36.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.79
$3.05
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.2
$41.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.4
$90.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$397
$198
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14282
$13343

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Cities Comparison in China vs Vietnam

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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 Vietnam

City Cost of living Population
Ho Chi Minh
$734
10.4M
Hanoi
$638
8.25M
Haiphong
$571
2.1M
Bien Hoa
$502
1.1M
Da Nang
$639
1.23M
Can Tho
$551
1.24M
Nam Dinh
$513
352K
Vung Tau
$538
327K
Bac Ninh
$529
520K
Hai Duong
$549
507K
Vinh
$514
490K
Hue
$468
653K
Thu Dau Mot
$520
417K
Thanh Hoa
$532
393K
Nha Trang
$622
392K
Thai Nguyen
$528
330K
Ca Mau
$518
315K
Qui Nhon
$518
311K
Ha Long
$540
300K
Viet Tri
$487
278K
Long Xuyen
$531
279K
Phan Thiet
$433
205K
Thai Binh
$472
268K
Quang Ngai
$465
260K
Rach Gia
$521
251K
Bac Lieu
$514
240K
Buon Ma Thuot
$425
340K
Da Lat
$496
231K
Soc Trang
$530
221K
Sa Dec
$494
214K