Barcelona

Quality of life in Barcelona

Barcelona offers an engaging mix of relaxed lifestyle and innovative business environment, making it one of the most attractive startup scenes in Europe. The city also boasts a great cultural heritage and a modern, active social scene that highlights sports, city beaches and excellent local food. Adding the affordable high quality health services and good travel connections, and Barcelona will appeal to many.

Barcelona is one of the top ten city matches for 2.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
122/265
Details
Large apartment$1200.00
Medium apartment$990.00
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$780.00

Cost of Living

6
93/250
Details
5km taxi ride$8.60
A Cappuccino$2.10
A beer$0.98
A kilogram of Apples$1.90
Bread$0.51
Inflation [score]0.62
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$48.00
Monthly public transport$53.00
Movie ticket$8.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$58.90

Startups

8
31/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups26
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.72
Coworking spaces [score]0.77
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co47
Meetups [score]0.73
Meetups groups199
Meetups members102531
Number of investors161
Number of startup events in the last 12 months636
Number of upcoming meetup events86
Startup climate scene [score]0.81
Startup events54
Startup events [score]0.61
Startups [score]0.81
Total number of startups942

Venture Capital

6
40/221
Details
Funding accelerator namesSeedrocket, Wayra ES
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.64

Travel Connectivity

6
43/265
Details
Airport hub163
Airport hub [score]0.71
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.48

Commute

5
56/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Spain/Barcelona
Traffic handling [score]0.74

Business Freedom

7
168/263
Details
Business freedom76.00
Business freedom [score]0.68
Freedom from corruption60.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.59
Lack of labor restrictions51.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.31
Time to open a business13.00
Time to open a business [score]0.86

Safety

8
88/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.66
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents10
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.99
Lack of guns [score]0.95
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.97

Healthcare

9
21/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.79
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)82.83
Life expectancy [score]0.97

Education

5
82/239
Details
Best university in rankingAutonomous University of Barcelona
Best university ranking163
Country mean scores in PISA math test490.84
Country mean scores in PISA reading test487.94
Country mean scores in PISA science test496.45
PISA math ranking (high school)24
PISA ranking22
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.75
PISA reading (high school)17
PISA science (high school)21
Percent of happy students0.85
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.24
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.18
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.06
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.05
University quality [score]0.25

Environmental Quality

4
217/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.32
Cleanliness [score]0.56
Drinking water quality [score]0.25
Urban greenery [score]0.42

Economy

4
177/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.90
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.31
GDP per capita$33711.41
GDP per capita [score]0.54

Taxation

4
217/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.30
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes152
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

8
16/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)48.51
Internet access (download) [score]0.76
Internet access (upload) [score]0.82
Upload speed (Mbps)25.40

Leisure & Culture

9
21/264
Details
Art galleries101
Art galleries [score]0.77
Cinemas88
Cinemas [score]0.63
Comedy clubs99
Comedy clubs [score]0.78
Concert venues170
Concerts [score]0.74
Historical sites135
Historical sites [score]0.85
Museums96
Museums [score]0.87
Performing art venues159
Performing arts [score]0.76
Sport venues146
Sports [score]0.88
Zoos13
Zoos [score]0.83

Tolerance

9
40/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.88
LGBT Equality Index91.99
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.94
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.76

Outdoors

6
37/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.27
Median peak in meters652.55
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)30.00
Water access [score]0.91
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Barcelona are in the 93rd place of all 250 Teleport cities and the second most expensive in Spain. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,000$1,400
$1200
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$48
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$37
Monthly public transport$53
Lunch$12
-39%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Barcelona are below average. For this job type, Barcelona ranks 164th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Barcelona.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$34,423
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

10.40
Guns per 100 people
0.62
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Barcelona in position 112 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Explore the streets of Barcelona

People in Barcelona

Population of Barcelona

6,683,400
4,488 /km²
18/264
Density (people per unit of area)
0%
Growth in 2015-2020
Barcelona

Demographics of Spain

Median age
42
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$33,711
163/262
Unemployment
22%
254/263

Languages

English proficiency score
57
157/228
Common spoken languages
Spanish
Catalan

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Teleport Users  X  Barcelona

Teleport users who are      Barcelona

Work in:

Software Engineer
9.01%
Founder
8.35%
Marketing Manager
5.72%
Web Developer
3.38%
Project Manager
2.81%
UX Designer
2.63%
Administrative Assistant
2.53%
Other
65.57%

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

73

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Barcelona

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On living in Barcelona


Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, with a population of nearly two million people, and the capital of Catalonia. A major port located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, Barcelona has a wide variety of attractions that bring in tourists from across the globe. The many faces of Barcelona include the medieval Old Town, the unique street grid resulting from 19th-century urban planning. The city has both long sandy beaches and green parks on the hills, pretty much side-by-side. Barcelona is also famous for a number of prominent buildings, of which perhaps the most-known are by the architect Antonio Gaudi, including his Sagrada Família, which became Barcelona's symbol to many.

Founded more than 2,000 years ago as the ancient Roman town Barcino, Barcelona is thus as historic as it is modern, with a constant flow of projects changing the face of the city and long-standing penchant for design and innovation. Thanks to the wealth of attractions, a very well-developed accommodation base, a lively nightlife and a robust transportation system, Barcelona has become one of Europe's, and pretty much the world's, most popular tourist destinations.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Spain
19th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

22nd

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

94th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

21st

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

48th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

23rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

34th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

19th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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