Taiwan vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

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Taiwan United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$968
$2441
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2750
$5701
🏠 One person rent
$376
$1558
🏘️ Family rent
$883
$2723
🍽️ Food expenses
$381
$619
🚐 Transport expenses
$102
$105
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1508
$4820
💸 GDP per capita
$24828
$76330
😃 Human freedom index
8.56
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
80.2
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
67
69
🌐 English speaking %
30%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
90
100
😀 Quality of life
82
87
🏙️ Population
23.6M
331M

The average cost of living in Taiwan ($968) is 60% less expensive than in the United States ($2441). Taiwan ranked 84th 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 1.6 months in Taiwan compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 26th and 21st 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
$4.33
$18.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$26.9
$73.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.86
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.93
$6.06
 Cappuccino
$2.93
$5.09
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.99
$2.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$375
$1616
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$282
$1304
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$992
$2877
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$726
$2357
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$53.4
$124
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$82.4
$191
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$22.6
$67.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.79%
6.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6281
$6383
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4083
$4668
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.73
$2.38
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$35.9
$72.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.05
$18.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.99
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$3.06
$1.09
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.84
$3.43
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.13
$4.33
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.03
$3.9
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.6
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.65
$11.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$19.2
$16.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.9
$4.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$1.77
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.57
$4.42
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.53
$4.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.49
$2.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.31
$2.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.76
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.7
$2.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.9
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.58
$2.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.66
$10.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$9.21
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.88
$5.73
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.09
$4.27
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.59
$2.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.3
$50.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$9.42
$14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$41.9
$116
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.8
$20.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$76.1
$53.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$81.8
$89.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$446
$1471
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$12042
$20082

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In Taiwan

City Cost of living Population
New Taipei
$999
4.36M
Taipei
$1161
2.6M
Taichung
$986
3.03M
Kaohsiung
$932
2.73M
Taoyuan
$866
2.29M
Tainan
$922
1.87M
Hsinchu
$822
499K
Keelung
$857
367K
Chiayi
$743
252K
Zhubei
$929
213K
Taitung
$963
109K
Changhua
$886
227K
Kinmen
$853
139K
Miaoli
$728
86.2K
Douliu
$798
108K
Nantou
$857
102K
Yilan
$874
94.8K

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$4036
8.8M
Los Angeles
$3252
3.9M
Chicago
$2634
2.75M
Houston
$2209
2.3M
Phoenix
$2388
1.61M
San Diego
$3469
1.39M
Philadelphia
$2436
1.6M
Dallas
$2490
1.3M
San Jose
$3633
1.01M
San Francisco
$3789
874K
San Antonio
$2212
1.43M
Seattle
$3008
737K
Austin
$2612
962K
Washington
$3112
690K
Charlotte
$2725
875K
Jacksonville
$2377
950K
Fort Worth
$2269
919K
Hempstead
$2621
793K
Boston
$3315
676K
Indianapolis
$2148
888K
Denver
$2769
716K
Columbus
$2188
906K
Nashville
$2651
689K
Louisville
$2018
633K
Atlanta
$2593
499K
Detroit
$1987
639K
Portland
$2596
653K
Baltimore
$2221
586K
Memphis
$1757
633K
El Paso
$1612
679K