Pyongyang vs Ulsan - Cost of Living Comparison

Pyongyang Ulsan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1691
$1066
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4176
$2655
🏠 One person rent
$952
$434
🏘️ Family rent
$2112
$755
🍽️ Food expenses
$492
$427
🚐 Transport expenses
$190
$107
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$387
$2029
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
6 km
🎓 Higher education
21
65
😀 Quality of life
19
70
🏙️ Population
2.86M
1.17M

The cost of living in Pyongyang is 59% more expensive than in Ulsan. Cities ranked 2221st and 4375th ($1691 vs $1066) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 6th in North Korea and South Korea, respectively. Check North Korea vs South Korea comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.2 months in Pyongyang compared to 1.9 months in Ulsan. Pyongyang ranked 1st best city to live in North Korea vs Ulsan ranked 30th in South Korea, while ranked 9003rd and 2132nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Pyongyang vs Ulsan

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Pyongyang Ulsan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8.32
$5.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$111
$25.7
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.05
$4.91
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.71
$2.76
 Cappuccino
$1.9
$3.33
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.53
$1.25
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$882
$470
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$799
$335
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3211
$1022
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1611
$571
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$80.9
$41.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$126
$64.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$55.3
$29.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.09%
4.96%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1793
$14113
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1021
$7526
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.39
$0.99
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$70.9
$47.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$18.1
$10.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.88
$1.32
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.54
$1.99
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.61
$2.44
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$2.18
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.55
$3.24
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.54
$16.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.1
$7.37
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.73
$33.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.12
$5.94
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$3.55
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.33
$6.07
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.95
$4.56
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.98
$3.88
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.89
$2.76
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.34
$0.74
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.16
$2.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.07
$10.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.71
$1.88
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.46
$3.02
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.24
$6.74
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.07
$8.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.49
$1.62
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$4.44
$2.06
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$24.6
$61.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.3
$7.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$21.6
$29.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.33
$8.82
👖 Brand Jeans
$31.8
$72.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$61.3
$79.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$137
$343
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4610
$11650

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27 km or 17 mi Pyongsong
$1481
44 km or 27 mi Nampo
$1495
46 km or 29 mi Sunchon
$1508
59 km or 36 mi Sariwon
$1486
65 km or 41 mi Anju
$1480
76 km or 47 mi Kaechon
$1489
77 km or 48 mi Chongju
$1467
95 km or 59 mi Tokchon
$1472
111 km or 69 mi Haeju
$1478
115 km or 71 mi Kusong
$1472
135 km or 84 mi Huichon
$1460
138 km or 86 mi Kaesong
$1473
149 km or 92 mi Wonsan
$1494
163 km or 102 mi Paju
$941
165 km or 102 mi Sinuiju
$1500
165 km or 103 mi Donggang
$662
167 km or 104 mi Dandong
$628
170 km or 106 mi Dongducheon
$911
178 km or 111 mi Gimpo
$979
180 km or 112 mi Yangju
$912
180 km or 112 mi Pocheon
$906
181 km or 112 mi Goyang
$1002
183 km or 113 mi Uijeongbu
$998
184 km or 114 mi Hamhung
$1548
192 km or 119 mi Incheon
$1002
193 km or 120 mi Bucheon
$1121
195 km or 121 mi Seoul
$1460
199 km or 124 mi Gwangmyeong
$928
202 km or 125 mi Guri
$906
202 km or 125 mi Namyangju
$970
209 km or 130 mi Gwacheon
$897
210 km or 130 mi Anyang
$1102
210 km or 131 mi Hanam
$906
212 km or 132 mi Ansan
$921
213 km or 132 mi Fengcheng
$659
213 km or 133 mi Gunpo
$975
215 km or 134 mi Seongnam
$1022
216 km or 134 mi Uiwang
$901
216 km or 134 mi Siheung
$945
217 km or 135 mi Chuncheon
$834

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Distance City Cost of living
34 km or 21 mi Yangsan
$909
35 km or 21 mi Gyeongju
$1184
52 km or 32 mi Miryang
$861
53 km or 33 mi Gimhae
$839
54 km or 33 mi Pohang
$775
56 km or 35 mi Busan
$1031
58 km or 36 mi Yeongcheon
$792
60 km or 38 mi Gyeongsan
$922
68 km or 42 mi Changwon
$955
74 km or 46 mi Daegu
$918
81 km or 50 mi Masan
$945
94 km or 58 mi Sacheon
$795
102 km or 63 mi Geoje
$945
113 km or 70 mi Tongyeong
$900
114 km or 71 mi Gumi
$951
119 km or 74 mi Jinju
$765
125 km or 78 mi Andong
$800
125 km or 78 mi Gimcheon
$925
126 km or 78 mi Tsushima Island
$1024
142 km or 88 mi Sangju
$981
150 km or 93 mi Tsushima
$1021
153 km or 95 mi Mungyeong
$897
154 km or 96 mi Yeongju
$963
162 km or 100 mi Gwangyang
$963
174 km or 108 mi Yeosu
$1003
176 km or 109 mi Namwon
$895
179 km or 111 mi Suncheon
$923
183 km or 114 mi Taebaek
$893
195 km or 121 mi Daejeon
$944
198 km or 123 mi Jeonju
$791
201 km or 125 mi Chungju
$1004
202 km or 126 mi Jecheon
$932
203 km or 126 mi Gyeryong
$896
203 km or 126 mi Iki
$1020
204 km or 127 mi Cheongju
$880
211 km or 131 mi Sejong
$928
211 km or 131 mi Samcheok
$898
214 km or 133 mi Nonsan
$928
215 km or 133 mi Nagato
$1019
218 km or 135 mi Iksan
$925