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Cost of Living in Chennai, India

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 24.94
Rent Index: 6.60
Groceries Index: 27.47
Restaurants Index: 14.55
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 15.84
Local Purchasing Power: 109.24

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 Rs
60.00
150.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 Rs
300.00
700.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 Rs
150.00
300.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 110.00 Rs
80.00
130.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 200.00 Rs
150.00
250.00
Cappuccino (regular) 78.00 Rs
50.00
100.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 25.36 Rs
15.00
35.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 13.42 Rs
10.00
20.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 156.13 Rs
136.27
170.34
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 25.58 Rs
21.77
27.22
Rice (white), (1 lb) 21.76 Rs
18.14
23.59
Eggs (12) 49.69 Rs
45.00
60.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 123.98 Rs
90.72
181.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 85.28 Rs
63.50
113.40
Apples (1 lb) 73.39 Rs
58.97
90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 38.31 Rs
27.22
54.43
Tomato (1 lb) 12.15 Rs
9.07
18.14
Potato (1 lb) 14.10 Rs
11.34
18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 30.91 Rs
20.00
50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 26.88 Rs
20.00
30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 500.00 Rs
300.00
650.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 101.43 Rs
60.00
130.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 155.00 Rs
100.00
200.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 190.00 Rs
100.00
200.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 14.00 Rs
10.00
20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs
1,000.00
1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs
100.00
150.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 Rs
19.31
30.58
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs
60.00
120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 260.72 Rs
245.48
276.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 750,000.00 Rs
600,000.00
1,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,251.02 Rs
1,000.00
4,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.95 Rs
0.60
1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,356.80 Rs
1,000.00
2,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 995.00 Rs
500.00
1,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 400.00 Rs
200.00
700.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 130.00 Rs
120.00
150.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,139.58 Rs
1,500.00
3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,439.93 Rs
1,000.00
2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,929.12 Rs
2,000.00
3,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,274.96 Rs
1,499.00
3,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,355.26 Rs
8,000.00
15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,136.36 Rs
5,000.00
10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 27,166.67 Rs
23,000.00
30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 16,818.18 Rs
13,000.00
20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,254.31 Rs
6,622.94
17,999.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,807.41 Rs
2,999.98
4,999.96
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 37,539.24 Rs
25,000.00
53,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.60
10.00
12.00

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Last update: August, 2015

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48 Comments so far

#FamilyPerson on Aug 24, 2015 :
Hello,

I want to move to south India from UK. My company branch is in Chennai so I have option to come here. I am sorry but I understand only Hindi and English but we love south Indians and yummy vegetarian food options.I will learn local language with time. I might not feel cornered.

I am from IT field.May I know if I earn between 6 LPA - 12 LPA, can I live decent life with my elderly parents and can afford my kids school(not expensive but it should have better education and students)there?

Please suggest.

Thanks.
#Aaseelan on Jun 30, 2015 :
I (born and brought up in bangalore living in chennai) would say that chennai is better that the other metropolis..as ive been to of the 4 of 7 metropolis in india. Don't come to a conclusion after reading these comments below .I can accept to the only complaints of bad auto men.but on the other hand its the safest of all the 7 cities for women and found culturaly next to banglore. You can't find any red marks of panbarak here, you can rarely find some which are because of the bihari workers in construction fields. Traffic is just like the other metropolis. Its a city well connected with public transport in low cost unlike banglore were hiring an auto is cheaper than public transport. Its mainly about were you live in chennai . There are all kind of people depending on area you can classify them..another acceptable complaints from these comments are that you cant survive with hindi unlike other metropolis .you must know tamil or English to survive or at least a rubish english, Basically because of the patriotic people on their language and hindi is taught in no schools of chennai except the one and only kendra vidyalaya in iit campus. Because of the great boom in violence for two months in 1965 against hindi were 70 people killed due to lathi charge and open firing since then this is the fate (dont speak bad of tamil or proud of hindi in both case there's a possibility that you may be beaten). Its clean city depending upon the place you live .and by pollution control board ,its the least polluted of the 7 cities.in food you can get all kinds of food in world.for entertainment I promise that its the best city where no movie tickets are more than 120 rs.where in bangalore escape cinimas its 700rs the same escape cinemas in chennai is only 120 rs,because of the state government's rules in fixing the maximum as 120 rs .there are many malls , pubs, 5 star hotels are very common in chennai and cost of living is same as that of bangalore (in fact quite higher than banglore).Its the fourth largest city in india and 31st in world (some claim that banglore is the 4th largest but thats an error).you can say that chennai better than other metropolis in short.
#Poohoot V on Jun 25, 2015 :
Madras is - congested, mosquito infested and noisy. It has a new good things like lot of medical facilities, a lot of colleges surrounding the city. It has got a metro rail transport too.

Now about the downsides......

Everywhere you go, there is idol worship of worthless politicians from dmk or admk. Drainage system sucks. Garbage, litter and filth all over the place. People squattting below the MRTS railway stations, you cannot park your two wheeler without stepping on someone's shit.

Traffic cops put up checkpoints at the most idiotic places without realizing how it affects flow of traffic and they stand there only to take bribes from two wheelers.

Want a decent beer? Try one of the state owned TASMAC's.............no need to drink, you will puke from the stench and filth around the place.

Roads? Yeah, its the same roads since Annadurai's time. Agreed, they have built a couple of flyovers and widened some of the roads, but that wont cope up with today's traffic.

Pollution?- All forms in the most extreme.

Women's safety- Seems to be reasonably safe.

Autos- they are the bastards of this place. Need I say more?
#Micky123 on May 21, 2015 :
Horrible, Horrible place to live in. Coming from Bangalore, i expected another city in the South to be comparable. First of all getting a house was such a pain, the houses i saw were dirty and looks like the owners never cleant them in decades. The mosquito problem is terrible. The people seem to think they have a superiority complex and it is ok to diss people who come from Bangalore because they are the main competitors to chennai-ites. Stupid backward mentality of the people, who pass judgement like they are born to judge by the attire of people. Looks like these fellows are born with a horn in their mouths as soon as they come out of the womb. They cannot stop honking, never mind that it is quite clear i cannot move because i have a huge ass truck in front of me which, i am sure they can see as well!! Terrible 2-wheeler riders. The people expect you to know tamil straight off as if its something taught to you from birth! Ignorant fools, even in a tech environment feel its ok to break into tamil in between crucial meetings despite knowing that there are quite a few folks who don't quite catch on.
#Raj Chennai DON on Apr 09, 2015 :
Chennai is cute place to live , as mentioned people wanted to be pune ,MP ,UP -- i dont think the will like chennai

chennai is corrupted ,but still pollution is an issue ,traffic is blocking your way

but life is cool to stay here without worrying

ALL you need is place to own ,income to be constant and influence in local market and people .....thats it

you can see heaven here .....can enjoy hot weather ,walk ,beach =ECR ,Besan nager ,Marina ....so on

beautiful theaters and malls are here with excellent restaurant - Place with multi culutral people Marvadis ,Mallus ,Muslims ,diffrent tamils

GOVERNMENT is not taken measures to clear up things ,keep build buildings without infrastructure

I was born and raised in chennai - you all have to see chennai till early 90s beautiful place with great food

now forcefully damaged and handled by all outside real-estate and politicians
#kannan on Mar 25, 2015 :
Greetings,
Chennai is a place with fully cultured people
Respects others mainly.alcoholism strike suicide very less comp to nearby states.very decent govt green city chennai.metro soon to start.chennau is a hub for south indians. Rich poor can live.all states have positives negatives.get the positives.whoever wish to live in chennai register your details with the nearest police stations and get the emergency numbers.v indians should keep our country and chennai city clean.Best of luck
#bobby on Mar 25, 2015 :
Heaven of india is chennai a metro city.people are good lot of jobs army intl airport usa uk embassy for south indians .many nearby states comes here for living vandavarai vala vaikum tamilnadu mannam ulla tamilians bye grt people r frm here mainly abdul kalam ar rehman sridevi hemamalini house for south cine artists bye care chennai a big salute vande mathram.....
#Amit on Feb 10, 2015 :
hi, myself amit from mumbai.
as i have born in mumbai .. i am finding difficult to shift to chennai.
as i don't have any of my friends in chennai.
i am worried about the social life . coz last when i visited i found people were soo boring.. so any one here in chennai from mumbai, so that atleast i get someone who can speak hindi ..lol
#SATHEES on Feb 05, 2015 :
Hi
First of all ,Here some of the Chennai and North indian Peoplesa de grace chennai You have to know the safety and Crimes level in chennai which ever Compare to every cities in India , Chennai is one and only peaceful and Clean city , people will be helpful and waiving to others, Women are girl can walk in a Road after 10 o clock in chennai is normal , its not fair in north indian cities ,10 yrs back pick pockets there in chennai but not now, even auto drivers can speak and understand English . Am just now complete my 2 month tour in North india who ever completed 14 states in North india, There even educated persons don't know to speak and Understand English, Here i am Convey this message to all, The cities Delhi, Mumbai,Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, those Pedestrian platforms are looking Reddish due to 5 sense people chewing gutka and spitting all over platforms, city full of gutka smells,10 yrs before pick pockets there in chennai but not now Maximum Rickshaw and Auto persons are fraud peoples charging more except Ahmedabad, In bazaar's they ruine the standard of business. Totally One and Only Chennai
#Krithika on Jan 24, 2015 :
My GOD! Chennai should be named the garbage city of india. I live in Delhi, even if someone offers me a free apartment, I wont come to Chennai. Apart from pricy real estate, the people of Chennai is not easy to cope with. Culturally it was a shock when I lived in Chennai for 6 months. The people are socially messed up and very competitive in everything. I don't think there is any life in Chennai except garbage.
#jeya surya on Dec 23, 2014 :
chennai is too bad place for living except the money likers becoz we need money but we not getting the enjoyment
#ram on Dec 05, 2014 :
Hi Shweta.... Some of the area those kind. so many place very nice all are good . very secure place here.
#Shweta on Dec 03, 2014 :
I am not from this city, but from Mumbai...planning to shift here. However, i want to point out two things. Which city in India is free of pollution, corruption, cheats, bad infrastructure, etc? Secondly, after reading comments i am now even more confused about shifting here, it is not about costs, but the living part.
#Raja on Nov 06, 2014 :
Hello Guys is there any direct buses from Bangalore to Sholinganallur?
#Venkat on Oct 19, 2014 :
I would add 40-50% premium to these prices across the board. You've to negotiate with Autos and sometimes willing to walk a bit to find another auto, never pay asking amount. Also, if the road is one way, they pretty much double the fare. Sometimes, it is better to cross the road and take the auto the other side. Ask for help, people will help but, find someone decent, many of them don't know ant they will give you wrong direction. Pick pocketing is there, you need to be careful. I usually put money in a pouch, hang it around my neck and drop it inside my shirt, especially when taking public transportation.
#Vijay Paul on Sep 10, 2014 :
Chennai is the best big city for a non-vegetarian. Fish, rabbit, quail, buffalo, pork, turkey, crabs, and more.

A very tolerant place. It does not have ethnic riots like Bangalore. if you are West Indian (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Sindh, Maha, Goa), it is a calm city unlike Delhi. do the "Sindhi Test"- cities where the Sindhi have thrived, like Chennai, are great cities.

also great for Christians. Almost no chance of fanatics targeting you anywhere in Tamil Nadu
#venkat Iyer on Sep 03, 2014 :
Really, biggest gambling in Tamil Nadu in Real Estate People. Don't buy Apartments in chennai.better, go in Kumbakonam or Trichy in very good nature.
#Ajay on Aug 02, 2014 :
Hi, I'm planning to move to Chennai. I would like to know what would be the approximate cost of living for a bachelor per month??? I'm basically from Bangalore and my mother tongue is tamizh.....
#Mahesh on Jul 16, 2014 :
Most of the downside in these comments are common to all places in India (pollution, bad traffic, noise, lack of hygiene etc). Of the 4 metros in India, Chennai strikes the balance between good living and cost.
#Krithika Srinivasan on Jul 01, 2014 :
Folks,

Chennai is one of the worst places to live. The society is least cosmopolitan and if you are from North just forget about social life. Tamils society is socially not structured for diversity and most tamil live for others and in constant comparison mode. I would highly recommend not to put your kids in this place during school.

Above all this is garbage city of india and most unclean state of india. POS.

regards,
#Vijay on Jun 26, 2014 :
#Karthik

There are very less single bedroom apartments. Mostly u'll get double bedrooms apartment. But no worries... since u r joining Accenture u could easily get 1 or 2 more to join you and take double bedroom apartment.
#Karthik on Jun 26, 2014 :
Hi everybody,
I am coming to Chennai very soon and my friend is also coming with me we gonna join Accenture there but one thing i would like to know is can we two get a single bed room house in a range 5 to 6k.

Regards,
Karthik
#Hari on Jun 22, 2014 :
Good things about Chennai

1. Good schools, Colleges
2. Affordable healthcare
3. Beach esp Marina Beach(Freely available asset for Chennaites)
4. Employment in IT, Automotive
5. International airport, Sea port
6. Good rail network & public transport
7. Famous temples and other places of worship

The Bad
1. Water pollution & scarcity. Sometimes even tastes salty in certain areas. Water not fit for driking. Exceptions are houses of politicians,Govt babus, Rich guys
2. Filth & woes during rainy season during North east monsoon(Oct-Nov) Occasionally Apr-May
3. Auto walas rude behaviour to mint money from gullible. Bad thing they spit on the road while on the move and this is observed even by 2 wheeler drivers and even the educated
4. Tough to get houses for rent for bachelors and I have faced this. You will end up getting a rickety house for high rent.
5. You get easily taken for a ride by a house broker
6. Average Chennaite speaking non-sense tamizh
7. The cops- They would harass and make your life tough if not 'taken care'
8. If you appear little gullible and naive you get taken for a ride by any loafer on the street
9. Anti Brahmins atmosphere mostly and hence brahmins confine to only certain areas
#Nikhil on Jun 12, 2014 :
Hello all, I am shifting to chennai in couple of months. I am a bachelor, For the first year of training period my stipend is really very less, it is 10k. But I have my friend along with me who will be sharing an apartment with me. Would I be able to manage in 10k?
#Paras Nath Chaudhary on Apr 30, 2014 :
This is really very helpful information for all those planning to be there at Chennai. Thank you so much.
#Manny on Apr 21, 2014 :
Chennai in nut shell

Bit on the hotter side if you are from cold climate. Humid as hell due to coastal influence.
Cost of living is same as Bangalore except for veggies and meat which are costly due to transportation cost. Fish is cheap and fresh.
Heavy traffic esp. due to underground Metro rail work and too many vehicle in too less place.
Must know Tamil or English to survive (never speak ill about Tamil in Chennai). Telugu and Malayalam comes second and third.
Great food all over the city.
Highly conservative crowd, most will take time to socialize, but hospitable people.
Good education, lot cheaper than Bangalore.
Great place to live if you like it super hot.
#ParentMM on Mar 08, 2014 :
This is opt for single and newly married couple. Cost of living for kids has to be added. Like their cloths(costlier than adults),school fees,food(I can say Junk food that fills half of trolly while marketing) etc... 80,000+ is definitely required for a decent living per month. This is for a small family with two kids... Increase in maids/labor salaries every quarterly should also be considered.
#ssssss on Mar 01, 2014 :
Chennai like any other Indian city is full of people on streets. Majority of them have a very low level of living standard. They speak only local language and have no exposure to the world much(there ignorance even though foreign media, tv and news is available to some extent.) Roads are full of people and governance next to nill. Corruption is very high with sights of policemen accepting bribe witnessed by me several times on the street. Public transport buses are a nuisance as during office hours and generally too one has to travel in overcrowded buses standing. Filth and trash is all over especially in housing areas where people lives. In housing colonies there is no proper cemented or decent roads and in monsoon rain it looks like muddy and filhy with lots of water clogged and making ponds of water. Public transport is highly inadequate and three wheel rickshaws take advantage of this and transport people, school children in overcrowded rickshaws. Educated people do not vote as politicians never address them or come up with promises(some exceptions are there though with few newly formed party members doing or trying to do good job). Politicians only go to millions of extremely poor people living in shanties and small congested homes in some filthy area of the city and make there promises to them for there votes. In a nutshell living condition in India is a very low level and I truly mean it.
#Arthi on Feb 26, 2014 :
I was born and brought up in Chennai and lived in the awesome city for 25 years before moving to Australia. To date, not a single day has gone past without me complaining out louid or repenting withing myself for leaving Chennai. I think the data is very accurate but I also belive that you can somehow find a happy and satisfied lifestyle in Chennai for your income scale. Infact you can actaully 'LIVE' the city. Life in even advanced cities like Sydney is not a bit close to the happiness that Chennai can give. I would love to get back, N I will get back and find my place back into the cozy, religious, poetic and yet modern city. I see a lot of people complianing (I have doen that too) but I think the real value of the city will come to light only when you leave it. So enjoy what you got that many other NRIs dream of everyday.
#Kumaran on Feb 20, 2014 :
I lived in Chennai for 25 years, and no complains. Just because of Auto drivers, you cannot say a city is bad. Nowadays there are so many cabs available also recently metered autos are available.

If you are in IT, there are so many opportunities in Chennai. Crime is very less compared to other cities.

I would say 40-50 thousand for a good life in Chennai.
#R.S.Rajan on Feb 16, 2014 :
Don't forget to mention about the mad traffic and the reckless driving in Chennai.Heavy vehicles,MTC buses,cars,two wheelers,three wheelers and even cyclists in Chennai have their own ridiculous and highly deplorable way of driving;be it well educated,less educated,men or women,old or young all have a fancy and dangerous road behaving.Not a day passes without the news of a fatal accident in Chennai.
#Pulok on Feb 10, 2014 :
Although the cost data seems accurate but the pie- chart distribution seems incorrect.

Transportation has been shown equal to rental and markets expenses are twice the rentals. Assuming one pays Rs 10,000 for 2 bedroom apartment then he/ she would pay Rs 10,000 for transportation too. I think that's only possible if someone drives around 15 - 20 kilometres to office. If monthly pass for sub- urban train is taken then the max monthly cost will be around Rs 300 to 500 (first class). Transportation is pretty cheap if one opts of local buses and sub- urban trains, but they are overcrowded during peak hours.

Markets can't be so high relative to rentals, especially in Chennai. Even after eating non - vegetarian food every day, provided food is cooked in home, the cost will be equal to rentals. Places like Alandur (St Thomas Mt) and Saidapet have amazing markets and if you live in these areas, monthly market expenses will be either equal or lower than apartment rentals.

Not sure what is the composition of utilities, but if it is apartment maintenance charges, water charges, electricity, and telephone bills then altogether it will be more than Rs 1000 per month i.e. 10% of the rental charges (assuming Rs 10,000 for rentals). Depending on water scarcity of the place you are living, water charges may be exorbitant especially in summers. For example at the base of hills in Pallavaram area one water tanker of 6000 litres will cost Rs 800, more than double of Rs 350 elsewhere in city.

Apartment rentals have risen steadily especially after metro rail construction started. But don't expect to take advantage of HRA while living in Chennai as most landlords are not ready to share their PAN numbers.

Pollution like other metro cities in India has also risen in Chennai. Couple of challenges one may face in Chennai
- Water quality and availability
- TASMAC (wine shop) patrons everywhere
- Heat and humidity, almost nil rain compared to other bigger cities of India
- Auto drivers, although recent changes have led to adoption of meters. Still for the folks who don't know Tamil it’s really a nightmare
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#KUMAR on Nov 21, 2013 :
Hi, Dears,

Chennnai become big toiled boll, every where smelling of urinary nook and corner , dust as well as vehicle pollution normally in ever big city but in chennai the worst. In royapuram (chennai) drainage odor frequently arise at home, ever street in night you must have torch light to see your footage because of shit will pass on, rested house became horrible every government unable to check rent under rent control act,must be fuck off.. Even drinking water is so costly: smell of drainage water. we back to 17 the century now . Not IT people, dam middle class people will ran to hell. Welcome to biggest hell in chennai only..
#Pritam on Nov 11, 2013 :
Any one here from govt sector? Can anyone tell me govt. quarters for defense personnel available or not? If yes where is it located? If not what will be the total cost of living of a 4 member family with a middle class lifestyle?
#Supriya on Oct 28, 2013 :
The report is good but the real thing one can realize only when you live in Chennai. Being a Tamilian, I should not say this but the worst place in Tamil Nadu is Chennai. I stayed in other parts of Tamil Nadu and also stayed in capitals of some other states but only in Chennai, I prayed for transfer. In Chennai, the autos are thieves in uniform with rights to steal openly in the name of fare. Pollution is the hallmark of Chennai and poor sanitation with worst roads are identity of Chennai. We can somehow manage to some extent but people who earn less than 30000/- per month can not think of any other things except leading mediocre daily life and saving something for future. For Groceries, if you want a good quality ones, you will have to sacrifice so much. Safety is there to some extent. Majority of the schools are selling Education and the quality education depends on the currency's quantity. The following things are so costly that people can not avoid - Tailoring, Groceries, Autos for commuting, Rent for houses, Maintenance in Apartments, etc. So please do think twice before you think of Chennai for living.
#siva on Sep 18, 2013 :
I AM A CHENNAITE . LIVING COSTS MENTIONED ARE ALMOST 95% ACCURATE. GOOD AND USEFUL WEB
#Vivek Manjulla on Jul 15, 2013 :
First thanks for numbeo ! I AM PLANNING TO GET MARRIED BY NEXT YEAR SO THAT MAKES ME TO SEARCH THESE KIND OF STUFFS .I happy that you defined many info but there missing Medical policy ,kids education,fuel,saving for future. if you could please make this amended in it . that helps many other who plan to settle.

one request what if the reader has a own house and their budjet can be for running a moderate family.
thank you so much for your efforts and strategy pattern.
#swamy on Jun 14, 2013 :
Tomato 1Kg Rs.55
#radjesh babu on May 25, 2013 :
Cost for Kids education which is major part of the Budget is missed out in the Pie chart. What I calculated is for a family with 2 Kids (School going), the cost of living should be minimum of 40000 rupees (15 to 20 thousand for rent, 10000 for kids education and remaining for the rest).
Radjesh
#Eafeeq on Apr 22, 2013 :
This data seems to be accurate i have been living in chenai since past 40 yrs and i can testify the costs projected here.
#Krishna on Dec 19, 2012 :
You wont be seeing many high speed car chases or high-octane casinos.
But, if you have a decent qualification, its more than likely this is a great city to live in.

Quality of life is pretty good except for roads and some cleanliness.
Night life is not so great and its hot hot hot during May
#KK on Dec 19, 2012 :
Hey, kudos to the guys running this website. Terrific work.

A few suggestions re Chennai:
I know you are talking about Median income and not Mean income. But, even Median income at Rs.29000/ seems high. More likely to be around 15000/- per month.

Otherwise, I agree with everything else given here.

For Westerners coming to Chennai:
1. Chennai is a lot cheaper to live in than most other places in the world.
2. The infrastructure is not so good. The traffic is manageable but the roads are not.
3. If you want an apartment of Western standards (fully furnished), multiply the rental rates here by 1.5 times
4. You wont enjoy the pollution or the corruption here.
5. Safety wise, there is little to worry. People in Chennai are of 2 types:
Very shy and wont approach you to socialize.
Or they are "live and let live" types.


#Mladen on Dec 17, 2012 :
Anjali, thanks for a report. I'll investigate the graphic and fix the calculation.
#Anjali on Dec 14, 2012 :
I am trying to understand the distribution of cost of living expensed in Chennai. The total percentage given in pie chart is not adding to 100%. Can anyone help me in reading out.

Thanks
#Srinath on Oct 06, 2012 :
Medical is not there, hope that shall be the another big part
#vijay on Sep 30, 2012 :
thank you for the date....extremely helpful for the research as well as planning purposes
#Bhagavan on Jan 19, 2012 :
The data in this website is very valuable to all. It would have been good if the website shares the demographic profile of the contributors.
MVB

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