Taiwan vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Taiwan United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$981
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2749
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$371
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$835
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$394
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$105
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1386
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$24828
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
8.68
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
80.2
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
68
67
🌐 English speaking %
30%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
91
100
😀 Quality of life
80
75
🏙️ Population
23.6M
331M

The average cost of living in Taiwan ($981) is 54% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Taiwan ranked 68th 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 1.4 months in Taiwan compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 13th and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Taiwan vs the United States

We calculate prices for Taiwan and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 17 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.

Taiwan United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.74
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.5
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.76
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.35
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$2.9
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.97
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$409
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$271
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1052
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$657
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$48.8
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$74.9
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$23.7
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.84%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6856
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4455
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.82
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$37.1
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.03
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.04
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$3.11
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.75
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.08
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.51
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.6
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.56
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$21.6
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.08
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.99
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.53
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.36
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.81
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.19
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.8
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.54
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.6
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.91
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$11.6
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$7.12
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.07
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.61
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$36.8
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$9.8
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$46.2
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$14.9
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$70
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$82.2
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$483
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10628
$14606

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Cities Comparison in Taiwan vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Taiwan

City Cost of living Population
New Taipei
$1064
4.36M
Taipei
$1271
2.6M
Taoyuan
$854
2.44M
Kaohsiung
$914
2.73M
Taichung
$927
3.03M
Tainan
$859
1.87M
Hsinchu
$807
499K
Zhubei
$1006
194K
Chiayi
$882
252K
Changhua
$842
235K
Keelung
$973
367K
Kinmen
$828
139K
Miaoli
$708
87.7K
Taitung
$1091
109K
Douliu
$827
108K
Nantou
$828
102K
Yilan
$758
95.9K

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