Cost of Living Comparison Between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu 

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Consumer Prices in Kota Kinabalu are 2.09% lower than in Kuala Lumpur (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kota Kinabalu are 9.27% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Rent Prices in Kota Kinabalu are 32.43% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant Prices in Kota Kinabalu are 22.06% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
Groceries Prices in Kota Kinabalu are 12.75% higher than in Kuala Lumpur
Local Purchasing Power in Kota Kinabalu is 32.72% lower than in Kuala Lumpur
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Restaurants
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 RM 10.00 RM      -33.33 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 RM 50.00 RM      -37.50 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.50 RM 16.00 RM      +3.23 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 15.00 RM 13.00 RM      -13.33 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.00 RM 17.50 RM      -7.89 %
Cappuccino (regular) 11.31 RM 10.50 RM      -7.17 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.59 RM 2.09 RM      -19.43 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.57 RM 1.27 RM      -19.34 %
Markets
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 25.31 RM 22.71 RM      -10.26 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.90 RM 3.73 RM      +28.69 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.50 RM 1.29 RM      -48.38 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.34 RM 5.22 RM      -17.71 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 17.22 RM 40.14 RM      +133.12 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.71 RM 8.39 RM      +46.79 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.54 RM 8.69 RM      -44.07 %
Apples (1 lb) 4.31 RM 3.26 RM      -24.37 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.57 RM 1.81 RM      -29.49 %
Oranges (1 lb) 4.30 RM 7.26 RM      +68.95 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.37 RM 2.04 RM      -14.06 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.81 RM 1.42 RM      -21.89 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.84 RM 2.39 RM      +29.73 %
Lettuce (1 head) 4.02 RM 3.83 RM      -4.71 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.34 RM 2.07 RM      -11.57 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 75.00 RM 65.00 RM      -13.33 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 10.31 RM 9.00 RM      -12.73 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.56 RM 14.67 RM      -5.76 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.80 RM 19.50 RM      +9.55 %
Transportation
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 RM 2.25 RM      -22.41 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 RM 105.00 RM      +5.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 RM 4.61 RM      +15.31 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 RM 3.22 RM      -33.33 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.00 RM 23.30 RM      +45.62 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.54 RM 7.80 RM      +3.45 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 160,000.00 RM 130,000.00 RM      -18.75 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 125,300.68 RM 127,614.86 RM      +1.85 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 199.14 RM 171.03 RM      -14.11 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 RM 0.24 RM      -8.68 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 116.43 RM 128.09 RM      +10.01 %
Sports And Leisure
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 160.85 RM 115.56 RM      -28.16 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 30.83 RM 22.20 RM      -28.00 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 RM 15.00 RM      -16.67 %
Childcare
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 767.71 RM 524.17 RM      -31.72 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 37,226.15 RM 23,000.00 RM      -38.22 %
Clothing And Shoes
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 218.33 RM 221.43 RM      +1.42 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 109.75 RM 97.14 RM      -11.49 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 272.41 RM 291.29 RM      +6.93 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 258.81 RM 254.14 RM      -1.80 %
Rent Per Month
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,895.95 RM 1,475.00 RM      -22.20 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,192.41 RM 779.56 RM      -34.62 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,593.26 RM 2,462.50 RM      -31.47 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,214.16 RM 1,287.50 RM      -41.85 %
Buy Apartment Price
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 928.58 RM 890.16 RM      -4.14 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 538.44 RM 443.73 RM      -17.59 %
Salaries And Financing
Kuala Lumpur Edit Kota Kinabalu Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,582.90 RM 2,797.45 RM      -38.96 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.16 4.76      +14.46 %
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