China vs Vietnam - Cost of Living Comparison

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China Vietnam
🚶 Cost of living one person
$693
$617
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1908
$1841
🏠 One person rent
$295
$286
🏘️ Family rent
$537
$714
🍽️ Food expenses
$243
$207
🚐 Transport expenses
$73.6
$51.9
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$835
$469
💸 GDP per capita
$12720
$4164
😃 Human freedom index
5.15
5.51
❤️ Life expectancy
78.2
73.6
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
41
🌐 English speaking %
0.7%
16%
🎓 Higher education
90
55
😀 Quality of life
50
48
🏙️ Population
1.44B
96.2M

The average cost of living in China ($693) is 12% more expensive than in Vietnam ($617). China ranked 134th vs 152nd 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 0.8 months in Vietnam. Ranked 82nd and 90th 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
$3.78
$1.87
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.1
$21
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$4.61
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.44
$0.96
 Cappuccino
$3.39
$1.8
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.49
$0.51
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$337
$324
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$223
$209
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$647
$892
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$423
$573
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$36
$43.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.4
$67.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$13.1
$9.97
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.74%
9.83%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$5416
$2811
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2836
$1445
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.37
$0.31
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.1
$7.47
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.18
$5.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$0.96
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.9
$1.47
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.53
$1.02
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.96
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.74
$1.63
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.5
$11.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.8
$3.74
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12
$10.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.7
$3.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
$1.07
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.57
$1.54
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.11
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.93
$1.24
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.4
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$0.99
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
$10.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.83
$0.85
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.31
$1.31
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.88
$1.92
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.62
$3
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.47
$1.12
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.66
$0.94
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39
$25.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$4.24
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.2
$35.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.54
$2.74
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.1
$34.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$77.4
$92.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$447
$255
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$16378
$14152

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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 Vietnam

City Cost of living Population
Ho Chi Minh
$710
10.4M
Hanoi
$640
8.25M
Haiphong
$608
2.1M
Da Nang
$588
1.23M
Bien Hoa
$486
1.1M
Nam Dinh
$508
352K
Hai Duong
$561
507K
Bac Ninh
$532
520K
Vinh
$579
490K
Can Tho
$468
1.24M
Thanh Hoa
$569
393K
Vung Tau
$536
357K
Hue
$426
653K
Thai Binh
$523
268K
Thai Nguyen
$566
330K
Thu Dau Mot
$554
417K
Ha Long
$594
300K
Viet Tri
$553
278K
Nha Trang
$557
392K
Buon Ma Thuot
$540
340K
Qui Nhon
$526
311K
Ca Mau
$529
315K
Ha Tinh
$559
202K
Phan Thiet
$577
205K
Da Lat
$559
238K
Cam Pha
$579
156K
Long Xuyen
$516
279K
Bac Lieu
$522
240K
Rach Gia
$524
251K
Soc Trang
$527
221K