Seoul vs Ulsan - Cost of Living Comparison

Seoul Ulsan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1460
$1066
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3914
$2655
🏠 One person rent
$719
$434
🏘️ Family rent
$1659
$755
🍽️ Food expenses
$496
$427
🚐 Transport expenses
$157
$107
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2716
$2029
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
18 km
6 km
🎓 Higher education
100
65
😀 Quality of life
94
70
🏙️ Population
9.67M
1.17M

The cost of living in Seoul is 37% more expensive than in Ulsan. Cities ranked 2834th and 4375th ($1460 vs $1066) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 6th in South Korea.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.9 months in Seoul compared to 1.9 months in Ulsan. Ranked 1st vs 30th best cities to live in South Korea, and 25th vs 2132nd among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Seoul vs Ulsan

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Seoul Ulsan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.87
$5.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$38
$25.7
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.6
$4.91
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.1
$2.76
 Cappuccino
$4.24
$3.33
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.46
$1.25
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$755
$470
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$539
$335
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2190
$1022
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1279
$571
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$115
$41.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$176
$64.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$21.3
$29.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.32%
4.96%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$12026
$14113
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$11060
$7526
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1
$0.99
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$43.4
$47.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.94
$10.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.41
$1.32
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.11
$1.99
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.72
$2.44
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.17
$2.18
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.43
$3.24
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$17.9
$16.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.1
$7.37
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$39.4
$33.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.32
$5.94
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.75
$3.55
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.14
$6.07
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.08
$4.56
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.37
$3.88
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.84
$2.76
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.71
$0.74
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.31
$2.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$16.2
$10.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.1
$1.88
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.48
$3.02
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.11
$6.74
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.82
$8.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.81
$1.62
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$2.06
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$50.7
$61.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$9.42
$7.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$23.2
$29.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$11.3
$8.82
👖 Brand Jeans
$54.5
$72.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$70.2
$79.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$380
$343
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19045
$11650

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Cities near Seoul

Distance City Cost of living
13 km or 7.9 mi Guri
$906
17 km or 10 mi Goyang
$1002
17 km or 10 mi Gwangmyeong
$928
17 km or 11 mi Gwacheon
$897
19 km or 12 mi Uijeongbu
$998
20 km or 12 mi Hanam
$906
20 km or 12 mi Namyangju
$970
20 km or 13 mi Seongnam
$1022
21 km or 13 mi Siheung
$945
21 km or 13 mi Bucheon
$1121
22 km or 14 mi Anyang
$1102
23 km or 14 mi Yangju
$912
24 km or 15 mi Gunpo
$975
26 km or 16 mi Gimpo
$979
27 km or 17 mi Uiwang
$901
30 km or 19 mi Gwangju
$927
32 km or 20 mi Paju
$941
33 km or 20 mi Ansan
$921
33 km or 21 mi Suwon
$977
34 km or 21 mi Incheon
$1002
37 km or 23 mi Dongducheon
$911
39 km or 24 mi Pocheon
$906
42 km or 26 mi Yongin
$1049
47 km or 29 mi Hwaseong
$965
49 km or 31 mi Osan
$912
52 km or 32 mi Icheon
$979
58 km or 36 mi Kaesong
$1473
65 km or 40 mi Yeoju
$902
66 km or 41 mi Pyeongtaek
$809
69 km or 43 mi Anseong
$912
72 km or 45 mi Chuncheon
$834
83 km or 52 mi Dangjin
$904
86 km or 53 mi Wonju
$857
87 km or 54 mi Cheonan
$930
101 km or 63 mi Seosan
$872
107 km or 66 mi Chungju
$1004
114 km or 71 mi Cheongju
$880
118 km or 73 mi Jecheon
$932
123 km or 77 mi Haeju
$1478
124 km or 77 mi Sejong
$928

Cities near Ulsan

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