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Cost of Living in South Korea

Cost of living in South Korea is 7.33% higher than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in South Korea is 42.31% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.26 $ 4.92-7.16
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.79 $ 22.37-44.74
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.37 $ 4.92-6.26
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.68 $ 2.00-3.58
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.47 $ 2.68-6.26
Cappuccino (regular) 3.95 $ 3.13-4.47
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.38 $ 0.89-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.69 $ 0.45-0.89
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.34 $ 6.77-10.16
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.05 $ 1.62-3.25
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.62 $ 0.93-2.84
Eggs (12) 2.82 $ 1.79-3.76
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.03 $ 4.06-14.21
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.54 $ 2.03-5.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.51 $ 6.09-16.23
Apples (1 lb) 2.69 $ 2.03-4.06
Banana (1 lb) 1.64 $ 1.22-2.44
Oranges (1 lb) 2.39 $ 1.28-3.25
Tomato (1 lb) 2.24 $ 1.22-3.25
Potato (1 lb) 1.42 $ 0.81-2.03
Onion (1 lb) 1.16 $ 0.61-1.62
Lettuce (1 head) 2.00 $ 1.34-2.68
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.06 $ 0.71-1.34
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.32 $ 10.74-22.37
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.78 $ 1.34-2.51
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.04 $ 2.06-4.03
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.03 $ 4.03-4.21
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.12 $ 1.07-1.16
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.21 $ 26.84-54.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.68 $ 2.51-2.68
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.73 $ 1.15-4.32
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.45 $ 8.95-17.90
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.02 $ 4.74-5.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,633.55 $ 25,680.72-31,317.95
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,978.30 $ 21,260.41-31,317.95
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 149.20 $ 89.48-223.70
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.09-0.26
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 22.18 $ 12.96-29.53
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.95 $ 35.79-89.48
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.55 $ 4.47-17.90
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.95 $ 8.00-9.84
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 644.25 $ 268.44-1,789.60
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,103.14 $ 13,421.98-23,264.76
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.70 $ 44.74-89.48
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.39 $ 22.37-65.32
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 86.01 $ 62.64-116.32
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 111.28 $ 71.58-178.96
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 575.08 $ 357.92-984.28
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 378.72 $ 241.60-581.62
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,324.82 $ 715.84-2,684.40
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 882.52 $ 492.14-1,789.60
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 721.47 $ 415.64-1,299.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 403.94 $ 200.68-748.16
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,164.18 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.46 0.00-0.00

Prices in South Korea

These data are based on 4490 entries in the past 18 months from 477 different contributors.
Last update: March, 2017
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