North Korea vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

North Korea United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1554
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3778
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$881
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$1903
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$493
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$126
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$342
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$1700
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
1.4
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
72.5
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
16
67
🌐 English speaking %
0%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
23
100
😀 Quality of life
14
75
🏙️ Population
25.5M
331M

The average cost of living in North Korea ($1554) is 26% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). North Korea ranked 23rd vs 6th for the United States in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.2 months in North Korea compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 193rd and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in North Korea vs the United States

We calculate prices for North Korea and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 24 and 2202 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.

North Korea United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.11
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$112
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.06
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.66
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$1.67
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.6
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$794
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$726
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2790
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1447
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$84.2
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$130
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$56.9
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.79%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1235
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$723
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.41
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$71.9
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$19.6
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.87
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.31
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.4
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.52
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.57
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.2
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.35
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.09
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.31
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.81
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.05
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.89
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.35
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.21
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.37
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.74
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.44
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.32
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.9
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.46
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$4.28
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$23.2
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.05
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.2
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.21
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$30.8
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$61.1
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$111
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3454
$14606

Cities Comparison in North Korea vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In North Korea

City Cost of living Population
Pyongyang
$1691
2.86M
Hamhung
$1548
769K
Chongjin
$1540
668K
Sunchon
$1508
437K
Wonsan
$1494
363K
Sinuiju
$1500
359K
Tanchon
$1494
346K
Kaechon
$1489
320K
Nampo
$1495
311K
Sariwon
$1486
308K
Kanggye
$1481
252K
Anju
$1480
240K
Haeju
$1478
242K
Tokchon
$1472
237K
Pyongsong
$1481
237K
Kimchaek
$1470
207K
Kusong
$1472
197K
Rason
$1472
197K
Kaesong
$1473
193K
Hyesan
$1470
193K
Chongju
$1467
190K
Huichon
$1460
168K
Hoeryong
$1455
154K
Sinpo
$1453
153K

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$3563
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2865
3.98M
Chicago
$2384
2.75M
Houston
$1955
2.2M
San Diego
$2797
1.39M
Philadelphia
$2361
1.58M
San Jose
$2722
1.03M
Phoenix
$2374
1.61M
Dallas
$2268
1.3M
San Antonio
$1773
1.44M
Seattle
$2734
745K
Austin
$2219
913K
Charlotte
$2038
875K
Boston
$2911
693K
Denver
$2384
716K
Washington
$2664
690K
Columbus
$1891
914K
Jacksonville
$1860
881K
Indianapolis
$1868
863K
Hempstead
$2665
793K
Fort Worth
$1908
812K
San Francisco
$3415
882K
Nashville
$2209
668K
Baltimore
$1988
622K
Louisville
$1606
760K
Memphis
$1641
633K
Portland
$2363
653K
Oakland
$3240
391K
Albuquerque
$1617
565K
Milwaukee
$1755
600K