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Seattle vs Shanghai
Sea vs Sha

Average net salary (After tax)

Shanghai
Seattle

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Sea
Outside city centre
Sha
Sea

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Sea
Outside city centre
Sha
Sea

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Sha
Sea
Outside city centre
Sha
Sea

Mortgage rates

Shanghai
4.5%
Seattle
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Shanghai
Seattle

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Sha
Sea

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Sha
Sea

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Sha
Sea

Monthly pass

Regular price

Sha
Sea

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Shanghai
Seattle

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Sha
Sea
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Sha
Sea
White bread 500g
Sha
Sea
Eggs 12
Sha
Sea
White rice 1kg
Sha
Sea

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Shanghai
Seattle

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Sha
Sea
Beef round 1kg
Sha
Sea
Local cheese 1kg
Sha
Sea

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Sha
Sea
Lettuce 1 head
Sha
Sea
Tomatoes 1kg
Sha
Sea

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Sha
Sea
Oranges 1 head
Sha
Sea
Bananas 1kg
Sha
Sea

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Shanghai
4.5%
Seattle
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Shanghai are 17.14% higher than in Seattle

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Sha
Sea
Market 0.5L bottle
Sha
Sea

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Sha
Sea
Market 0.33L bottle
Sha
Sea

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Shanghai
5
Seattle

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Sha
Sea

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Sha
Sea

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Sha
Sea
1 pair men's leather shoes
Sha
Sea

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Shanghai
$15.33
Seattle
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Sea $4,070.74/mth