Cost of Living Comparison

USD
COMPARED TO
KRW

South Korea is 2.5% cheaper than United States.

If you lived in South Korea instead of United States, you would:
local_dining

pay 39.1% less for restaurants

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $14.25 $6.44
₩7,318
-54.8%
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$7.75 $5.68
₩6,449
-26.7%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.90 $1.43
₩1,621
-25.0%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $1.53 $0.76
₩869
-50.1%
Average -39.1%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of restaurants
local_grocery_store

pay 49.6% more for groceries

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Bread
1 loaf
$2.71 $2.48
₩2,820
-8.5%
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.56 $7.96
₩9,049
+43.4%
Milk (1 gallon) $3.22 $8.05
₩9,149
+149.9%
Eggs
1 dozen
$2.30 $2.68
₩3,048
+16.7%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $4.18 $4.72
₩5,360
+13.0%
Apples (1 lb) $2.07 $4.20
₩4,775
+102.7%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.75 $1.92
₩2,184
+155.9%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.88 $1.90
₩2,164
+1.5%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.94 $2.90
₩3,295
+49.4%
Potatoes (1 lb) $1.24 $1.59
₩1,808
+28.8%
Onions (1 lb) $1.25 $1.15
₩1,309
-7.6%
Average +49.6%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of groceries
drive_eta

pay 18.8% more for transportation

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $2.62 $5.13
₩5,830
+96.0%
Monthly public transit pass $63.05 $51.90
₩58,965
-17.7%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $23,189.08 $30,823.59
₩35,017,756
+32.9%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $16.83 $10.77
₩12,240
-36.0%
Average +18.8%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of transportation
home

pay 51.2% less for housing

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$67.11 $28.33
₩32,184
-57.8%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $1,225.46 $504.61
₩573,274
-58.8%
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $1,034.80 $351.08
₩398,855
-66.1%
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
including electric, gas, water, heating
$128.68 $100.37
₩114,032
-22.0%
Average -51.2%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of housing
child_care

pay 3.9% less for childcare

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $891.12 $408.65
₩464,254
-54.1%
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $15,195.09 $22,217.48
₩25,240,614
+46.2%
Average -3.9%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of childcare
gamepad

pay 14.5% less for entertainment and sports

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $4.52 $3.14
₩3,570
-30.5%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $4.18 $3.77
₩4,285
-9.9%
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$7.90 $4.31
₩4,897
-45.4%
Monthly membership at local gym $39.67 $50.77
₩57,682
+28.0%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $11.58 $9.85
₩11,193
-14.9%
Average -14.5%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of entertainment and sports
store

pay 23.0% more for clothing

  United States help_outline South Korea help_outline  
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$43.02 $59.21
₩67,265
+37.6%
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$35.26 $44.15
₩50,157
+25.2%
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$75.54 $78.59
₩89,284
+4.0%
Men's business shoes (leather) $95.31 $119.54
₩135,800
+25.4%
Average +23.0%

United States vs. South Korea - Cost of clothing
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