Cost of Living Comparison Between New York, NY and Kuala Lumpur 

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Consumer Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 66.2% lower than in New York, NY (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kuala Lumpur are 76.8% lower than in New York, NY
Rent Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 88.6% lower than in New York, NY
Restaurant Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 79.4% lower than in New York, NY
Groceries Prices in Kuala Lumpur are 60.9% lower than in New York, NY
Local Purchasing Power in Kuala Lumpur is 16.2% lower than in New York, NY
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Restaurants
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 $
(143.78 RM)
3.13 $
(15.00 RM)
     -89.6 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 130.00 $
(623.03 RM)
25.04 $
(120.00 RM)
     -80.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $
(57.51 RM)
4.17 $
(20.00 RM)
     -65.2 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $
(38.34 RM)
3.13 $
(15.00 RM)
     -60.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 $
(47.93 RM)
5.22 $
(25.00 RM)
     -47.8 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.91 $
(28.34 RM)
2.66 $
(12.73 RM)
     -55.1 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.05 $
(14.63 RM)
0.73 $
(3.50 RM)
     -76.1 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.30 $
(11.02 RM)
0.45 $
(2.15 RM)
     -80.5 %
Markets
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.35 $
(25.66 RM)
6.29 $
(30.13 RM)
     +17.4 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.25 $
(20.37 RM)
0.77 $
(3.71 RM)
     -81.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.25 $
(15.57 RM)
0.62 $
(2.99 RM)
     -80.8 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.69 $
(27.27 RM)
1.82 $
(8.74 RM)
     -67.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.46 $
(35.74 RM)
5.74 $
(27.52 RM)
     -23.0 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.41 $
(35.50 RM)
1.90 $
(9.08 RM)
     -74.4 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.90 $
(42.64 RM)
4.34 $
(20.79 RM)
     -51.2 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.20 $
(15.32 RM)
1.12 $
(5.36 RM)
     -65.0 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.90 $
(4.34 RM)
0.61 $
(2.93 RM)
     -32.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.67 $
(12.80 RM)
1.15 $
(5.52 RM)
     -56.9 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.82 $
(13.49 RM)
0.61 $
(2.94 RM)
     -78.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.92 $
(9.18 RM)
0.41 $
(1.96 RM)
     -78.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.74 $
(8.34 RM)
0.39 $
(1.86 RM)
     -77.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.88 $
(13.79 RM)
0.91 $
(4.38 RM)
     -68.2 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.45 $
(11.72 RM)
0.61 $
(2.91 RM)
     -75.2 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 $
(95.85 RM)
14.61 $
(70.00 RM)
     -27.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.39 $
(11.47 RM)
2.84 $
(13.61 RM)
     +18.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.83 $
(18.35 RM)
3.92 $
(18.80 RM)
     +2.5 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 17.00 $
(81.47 RM)
3.76 $
(18.00 RM)
     -77.9 %
Transportation
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 $
(13.90 RM)
0.63 $
(3.00 RM)
     -78.4 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 132.00 $
(632.61 RM)
10.43 $
(50.00 RM)
     -92.1 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $
(23.96 RM)
1.04 $
(5.00 RM)
     -79.1 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $
(15.58 RM)
1.68 $
(8.05 RM)
     -48.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
(143.78 RM)
3.13 $
(15.00 RM)
     -89.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.89 $
(18.63 RM)
1.62 $
(7.77 RM)
     -58.3 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 $
(134,190.00 RM)
33,385.50 $
(160,000.00 RM)
     +19.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,886.68 $
(124,061.91 RM)
27,985.09 $
(134,118.52 RM)
     +8.1 %
Utilities (Monthly)
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 168.45 $
(807.29 RM)
55.03 $
(263.72 RM)
     -67.3 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 62.37 $
(298.90 RM)
11.18 $
(53.60 RM)
     -82.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.06 $
(335.77 RM)
25.64 $
(122.88 RM)
     -63.4 %
Sports And Leisure
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 114.37 $
(548.10 RM)
42.46 $
(203.48 RM)
     -62.9 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 65.83 $
(315.51 RM)
7.30 $
(35.00 RM)
     -88.9 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 $
(95.85 RM)
4.17 $
(20.00 RM)
     -79.1 %
Childcare
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,057.95 $
(14,655.22 RM)
212.00 $
(1,016.00 RM)
     -93.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 63,250.00 $
(303,125.63 RM)
6,995.06 $
(33,523.81 RM)
     -88.9 %
Clothing And Shoes
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 68.63 $
(328.89 RM)
48.01 $
(230.10 RM)
     -30.0 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.61 $
(213.80 RM)
30.28 $
(145.13 RM)
     -32.1 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 98.65 $
(472.80 RM)
70.29 $
(336.88 RM)
     -28.7 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 161.86 $
(775.70 RM)
63.64 $
(305.00 RM)
     -60.7 %
Rent Per Month
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,071.33 $
(19,511.87 RM)
472.69 $
(2,265.38 RM)
     -88.4 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,686.44 $
(12,874.79 RM)
302.14 $
(1,448.00 RM)
     -88.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,134.32 $
(38,983.72 RM)
900.11 $
(4,313.79 RM)
     -88.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,316.30 $
(20,685.85 RM)
520.49 $
(2,494.44 RM)
     -87.9 %
Buy Apartment Price
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,419.88 $
(6,804.76 RM)
218.12 $
(1,045.35 RM)
     -84.6 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,164.67 $
(5,581.67 RM)
109.82 $
(526.29 RM)
     -90.6 %
Salaries And Financing
New York, NY Edit Kuala Lumpur Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,297.30 $
(30,179.83 RM)
1,225.24 $
(5,871.94 RM)
     -80.5 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.65 4.12      -38.0 %
Last update: February 2024February 2024
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