Cost of Living Comparison Between Taipei and Kaohsiung 

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Consumer Prices in Kaohsiung are 8.8% lower than in Taipei (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kaohsiung are 19.3% lower than in Taipei
Rent Prices in Kaohsiung are 48.4% lower than in Taipei
Restaurant Prices in Kaohsiung are 24.1% lower than in Taipei
Groceries Prices in Kaohsiung are 8.9% lower than in Taipei
Local Purchasing Power in Kaohsiung is 20.8% lower than in Taipei
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Restaurants
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.33 $
(200.00 NT$)
3.16 $
(100.00 NT$)
     -50.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 37.95 $
(1,200.00 NT$)
31.63 $
(1,000.00 NT$)
     -16.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.38 $
(170.00 NT$)
4.90 $
(155.00 NT$)
     -8.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.53 $
(80.00 NT$)
2.06 $
(65.00 NT$)
     -18.8 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.16 $
(100.00 NT$)
3.16 $
(100.00 NT$)
     0.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 3.63 $
(114.91 NT$)
3.05 $
(96.33 NT$)
     -16.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.06 $
(33.59 NT$)
1.05 $
(33.07 NT$)
     -1.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.76 $
(24.03 NT$)
0.72 $
(22.73 NT$)
     -5.4 %
Markets
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.48 $
(362.91 NT$)
11.33 $
(358.19 NT$)
     -1.3 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.76 $
(55.63 NT$)
1.77 $
(55.83 NT$)
     +0.4 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.39 $
(43.82 NT$)
1.05 $
(33.05 NT$)
     -24.6 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.04 $
(96.10 NT$)
2.90 $
(91.54 NT$)
     -4.7 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.18 $
(227.15 NT$)
5.70 $
(180.34 NT$)
     -20.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.30 $
(135.87 NT$)
3.90 $
(123.35 NT$)
     -9.2 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.39 $
(265.14 NT$)
9.25 $
(292.48 NT$)
     +10.3 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.09 $
(66.11 NT$)
1.66 $
(52.49 NT$)
     -20.6 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.05 $
(33.07 NT$)
0.79 $
(25.02 NT$)
     -24.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.27 $
(40.17 NT$)
1.14 $
(35.96 NT$)
     -10.5 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.63 $
(51.57 NT$)
1.50 $
(47.58 NT$)
     -7.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.30 $
(41.09 NT$)
1.21 $
(38.34 NT$)
     -6.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.23 $
(38.91 NT$)
0.90 $
(28.51 NT$)
     -26.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.79 $
(56.60 NT$)
1.61 $
(51.00 NT$)
     -9.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.22 $
(38.42 NT$)
1.12 $
(35.45 NT$)
     -7.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.02 $
(475.00 NT$)
9.49 $
(300.00 NT$)
     -36.8 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.51 $
(47.83 NT$)
1.55 $
(49.16 NT$)
     +2.8 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.37 $
(74.84 NT$)
2.27 $
(71.67 NT$)
     -4.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.95 $
(125.00 NT$)
3.95 $
(125.00 NT$)
     0.0 %
Transportation
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.79 $
(25.00 NT$)
0.63 $
(20.00 NT$)
     -20.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 37.95 $
(1,200.00 NT$)
31.47 $
(995.00 NT$)
     -17.1 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.69 $
(85.00 NT$)
2.69 $
(85.00 NT$)
     0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.27 $
(40.23 NT$)
1.27 $
(40.23 NT$)
     0.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.49 $
(300.00 NT$)
5.69 $
(180.00 NT$)
     -40.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.78 $
(119.61 NT$)
3.70 $
(117.11 NT$)
     -2.1 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,626.73 $
(1,000,000.00 NT$)
31,626.73 $
(1,000,000.00 NT$)
     0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,649.28 $
(810,999.93 NT$)
24,533.31 $
(775,714.29 NT$)
     -4.4 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 100.85 $
(3,188.90 NT$)
101.09 $
(3,196.43 NT$)
     +0.2 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 20.89 $
(660.55 NT$)
25.94 $
(820.33 NT$)
     +24.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 26.88 $
(849.84 NT$)
23.32 $
(737.33 NT$)
     -13.2 %
Sports And Leisure
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.58 $
(1,251.54 NT$)
33.43 $
(1,057.03 NT$)
     -15.5 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.53 $
(396.25 NT$)
10.54 $
(333.33 NT$)
     -15.9 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.49 $
(300.00 NT$)
9.17 $
(290.00 NT$)
     -3.3 %
Childcare
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 729.28 $
(23,058.82 NT$)
311.75 $
(9,857.14 NT$)
     -57.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,016.36 $
(601,274.92 NT$)
12,650.69 $
(400,000.00 NT$)
     -33.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.51 $
(1,850.00 NT$)
96.46 $
(3,049.83 NT$)
     +64.9 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.54 $
(902.28 NT$)
29.80 $
(942.38 NT$)
     +4.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.83 $
(2,872.00 NT$)
81.33 $
(2,571.43 NT$)
     -10.5 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 104.66 $
(3,309.09 NT$)
91.72 $
(2,900.00 NT$)
     -12.4 %
Rent Per Month
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 644.28 $
(20,371.43 NT$)
377.41 $
(11,933.33 NT$)
     -41.4 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 492.32 $
(15,566.67 NT$)
259.10 $
(8,192.31 NT$)
     -47.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,631.27 $
(51,578.86 NT$)
831.78 $
(26,300.00 NT$)
     -49.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,204.25 $
(38,076.92 NT$)
577.19 $
(18,250.00 NT$)
     -52.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,243.33 $
(39,312.62 NT$)
448.07 $
(14,167.60 NT$)
     -64.0 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 624.26 $
(19,738.34 NT$)
232.61 $
(7,354.76 NT$)
     -62.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Taipei Edit Kaohsiung Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,706.05 $
(53,943.17 NT$)
1,090.27 $
(34,473.08 NT$)
     -36.1 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.83 2.20      +19.9 %
Last update: February 2024February 2024
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