South Korea is 17.5% cheaper than United States.

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

pay 49.2% less for restaurants

 
United States
South Korea
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $15.20
 
$5.80
₩7,517
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$8.21
 
$5.13
₩6,649
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $2.01
 
$1.26
₩1,631

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pay 26.9% more for groceries

 
United States
South Korea
Bread
1 loaf
$2.85
 
$2.20
₩2,847
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.66
 
$7.30
₩9,458
Milk (1 gallon) $3.38
 
$7.50
₩9,713

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pay 11.8% less for transportation

 
United States
South Korea
Gasoline (1 gallon) $4.54
 
$4.89
₩6,331
Monthly public transit pass $64.19
 
$43.92
₩56,893
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $24,050.13
 
$27,663.40
₩35,831,852

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pay 59.4% less for housing

 
United States
South Korea
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$68.65
 
$21.80
₩28,238
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $1,446.14
 
$441.56
₩571,944
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $1,166.13
 
$339.99
₩440,376

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pay 5.6% less for childcare

 
United States
South Korea
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $980.97
 
$413.38
₩535,448
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $14,983.58
 
$21,977.08
₩28,466,471

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pay 27.8% less for entertainment and sports

 
United States
South Korea
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $5.14
 
$2.75
₩3,559
Cappuccino in mid-range area $4.34
 
$3.38
₩4,384
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$8.25
 
$3.50
₩4,539

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pay 4.2% more for clothing

 
United States
South Korea
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$44.10
 
$51.38
₩66,555
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$36.31
 
$39.41
₩51,044
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$77.71
 
$69.36
₩89,843

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