Cost of Living Comparison Between South Korea and United States Reverse

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Cost of Living in United States is 17.4% higher than in South Korea (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in United States is 45.7% higher than in South Korea
Rent Prices in United States are 161.0% higher than in South Korea
Restaurant Prices in United States are 114.2% higher than in South Korea
Groceries Prices in United States are 7.5% lower than in South Korea
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 30.7% higher than in South Korea
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Restaurants
South Korea Edit United States Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10,000.00 ₩
(7.22 $)
27,686.11 ₩
(20.00 $)
     +176.9 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50,000.00 ₩
(36.12 $)
103,822.92 ₩
(75.00 $)
     +107.6 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8,000.00 ₩
(5.78 $)
15,227.36 ₩
(11.00 $)
     +90.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4,500.00 ₩
(3.25 $)
8,305.83 ₩
(6.00 $)
     +84.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,000.00 ₩
(4.33 $)
9,690.14 ₩
(7.00 $)
     +61.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4,984.48 ₩
(3.60 $)
7,077.28 ₩
(5.11 $)
     +42.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,974.93 ₩
(1.43 $)
3,449.44 ₩
(2.49 $)
     +74.7 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1,024.37 ₩
(0.74 $)
2,839.12 ₩
(2.05 $)
     +177.2 %
Markets
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,798.69 ₩
(7.80 $)
5,523.92 ₩
(3.99 $)
     -48.8 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3,667.50 ₩
(2.65 $)
4,484.61 ₩
(3.24 $)
     +22.3 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,947.13 ₩
(1.41 $)
2,845.73 ₩
(2.06 $)
     +46.2 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,273.74 ₩
(3.09 $)
5,081.95 ₩
(3.67 $)
     +18.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7,348.26 ₩
(5.31 $)
8,055.88 ₩
(5.82 $)
     +9.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5,415.36 ₩
(3.91 $)
7,564.28 ₩
(5.46 $)
     +39.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19,607.60 ₩
(14.16 $)
10,055.82 ₩
(7.26 $)
     -48.7 %
Apples (1 lb) 4,213.34 ₩
(3.04 $)
3,324.06 ₩
(2.40 $)
     -21.1 %
Banana (1 lb) 2,105.14 ₩
(1.52 $)
1,057.32 ₩
(0.76 $)
     -49.8 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3,491.20 ₩
(2.52 $)
2,818.21 ₩
(2.04 $)
     -19.3 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3,281.13 ₩
(2.37 $)
3,071.38 ₩
(2.22 $)
     -6.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 2,348.97 ₩
(1.70 $)
1,871.92 ₩
(1.35 $)
     -20.3 %
Onion (1 lb) 1,840.25 ₩
(1.33 $)
1,911.58 ₩
(1.38 $)
     +3.9 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3,189.60 ₩
(2.30 $)
2,990.59 ₩
(2.16 $)
     -6.2 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,482.51 ₩
(1.07 $)
3,028.75 ₩
(2.19 $)
     +104.3 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20,000.00 ₩
(14.45 $)
20,764.58 ₩
(15.00 $)
     +3.8 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,929.01 ₩
(2.12 $)
2,480.18 ₩
(1.79 $)
     -15.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,554.98 ₩
(2.57 $)
4,856.55 ₩
(3.51 $)
     +36.6 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4,500.00 ₩
(3.25 $)
13,843.06 ₩
(10.00 $)
     +207.6 %
Transportation
South Korea Edit United States Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,450.00 ₩
(1.05 $)
3,460.76 ₩
(2.50 $)
     +138.7 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60,500.00 ₩
(43.70 $)
96,901.39 ₩
(70.00 $)
     +60.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,300.00 ₩
(3.11 $)
4,845.07 ₩
(3.50 $)
     +12.7 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,609.34 ₩
(1.16 $)
3,820.68 ₩
(2.76 $)
     +137.4 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 12,000.00 ₩
(8.67 $)
41,529.17 ₩
(30.00 $)
     +246.1 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6,275.36 ₩
(4.53 $)
5,045.85 ₩
(3.65 $)
     -19.6 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 37,731,000.00 ₩
(27,256.26 $)
46,058,616.52 ₩
(33,272.00 $)
     +22.1 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,090,379.74 ₩
(23,181.57 $)
36,129,674.83 ₩
(26,099.49 $)
     +12.6 %
Utilities (Monthly)
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 226,372.81 ₩
(163.53 $)
282,890.56 ₩
(204.36 $)
     +25.0 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 60,452.92 ₩
(43.67 $)
73,292.63 ₩
(52.95 $)
     +21.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29,322.85 ₩
(21.18 $)
97,612.75 ₩
(70.51 $)
     +232.9 %
Sports And Leisure
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64,583.31 ₩
(46.65 $)
64,452.98 ₩
(46.56 $)
     -0.2 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24,442.00 ₩
(17.66 $)
30,044.39 ₩
(21.70 $)
     +22.9 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15,000.00 ₩
(10.84 $)
19,380.28 ₩
(14.00 $)
     +29.2 %
Childcare
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 468,720.00 ₩
(338.60 $)
1,914,263.11 ₩
(1,382.83 $)
     +308.4 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,008,359.68 ₩
(20,232.79 $)
31,148,563.17 ₩
(22,501.22 $)
     +11.2 %
Clothing And Shoes
South Korea Edit United States Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77,196.81 ₩
(55.77 $)
72,029.32 ₩
(52.03 $)
     -6.7 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 57,810.17 ₩
(41.76 $)
58,891.95 ₩
(42.54 $)
     +1.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 109,528.30 ₩
(79.12 $)
122,411.79 ₩
(88.43 $)
     +11.8 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 152,686.50 ₩
(110.30 $)
157,456.82 ₩
(113.74 $)
     +3.1 %
Rent Per Month
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 695,147.06 ₩
(502.16 $)
2,428,400.10 ₩
(1,754.24 $)
     +249.3 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 498,562.95 ₩
(360.15 $)
1,996,908.59 ₩
(1,442.53 $)
     +300.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,066,071.43 ₩
(1,492.50 $)
4,068,044.85 ₩
(2,938.69 $)
     +96.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,259,600.00 ₩
(909.91 $)
3,301,133.17 ₩
(2,384.69 $)
     +162.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,539,732.84 ₩
(1,112.28 $)
427,105.29 ₩
(308.53 $)
     -72.3 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 992,410.43 ₩
(716.90 $)
346,298.16 ₩
(250.16 $)
     -65.1 %
Salaries And Financing
South Korea Edit United States Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,300,324.37 ₩
(2,384.10 $)
6,284,154.31 ₩
(4,539.57 $)
     +90.4 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.72 6.57      +39.1 %
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