Belfast

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
96/263
Details
Large apartment$938.45
Medium apartment$845.68
Rent index [score]0.80
Small apartment$752.91

Cost of Living

6
95/261
Details
5km taxi ride$7.40
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$3.10
Bread$0.53
Inflation [score]0.61
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$31.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$7.40
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.24

Startups

3
204/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.15
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.23
Meetups groups47
Meetups members12438
Number of investors5
Number of startup events in the last 12 months70
Number of upcoming meetup events13
Startup climate scene [score]0.32
Startup events8
Startup events21
Startup events [score]0.34
Startups [score]0.46
Total number of startups61

Venture Capital

3
138/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.31

Travel Connectivity

5
57/260
Details
Airport hub38
Airport hub [score]0.23
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.83

Commute

5
143/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.63

Business Freedom

9
35/259
Details
Business freedom86.00
Business freedom [score]0.89
Freedom from corruption78.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.84
Lack of labor restrictions71.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

8
113/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.54
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents7
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

8
94/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.78
Healthcare quality [score]0.64
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
92/230
Details
Best university in rankingQueen’s University Belfast
Best university ranking225
Country mean scores in PISA math test494.15
Country mean scores in PISA reading test499.32
Country mean scores in PISA science test514.13
PISA math ranking (high school)22
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)19
PISA science (high school)16
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

9
27/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.94
Cleanliness [score]0.85
Drinking water quality [score]0.95
Urban greenery [score]0.75

Economy

5
117/258
Details
Currency for urban areaGBP
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$39510.94
GDP per capita [score]0.63

Taxation

6
71/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
114/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)46.18
Internet access (download) [score]0.74
Internet access (upload) [score]0.37
Upload speed (Mbps)7.91

Leisure & Culture

5
174/263
Details
Art galleries54
Art galleries [score]0.51
Cinemas22
Cinemas [score]0.37
Comedy clubs4
Comedy clubs [score]0.49
Concert venues45
Concerts [score]0.44
Historical sites22
Historical sites [score]0.50
Museums17
Museums [score]0.51
Performing art venues35
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues12
Sports [score]0.40
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.59

Tolerance

9
12/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.76
LGBT Equality Index86.67
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
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]0.83

Outdoors

1
237/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.20
Median peak in meters344.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)7.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Belfast are in the 95th place of all 261 Teleport cities. 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)

$661$845
$753
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$31
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$24
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$12
-35%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Belfast are below average. For this job type, Belfast ranks 159th for salaries among 264 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 Belfast.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$34,929
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.23
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Belfast in position 162 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

209.5

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Belfast

5:47 What to Do in Belfast, Ireland | 36 Hours | The New York Times

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On living in Belfast

Belfast (Irish: Béal Feirste, meaning "the mouth of the river Farset") is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and the second largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Situated at the mouth of the River Lagan on Belfast Lough, Belfast is surrounded by low hills and has a population of 267,500. This figure refers only to the Belfast City Council area whose borders date back to the 1950. Since then the city has expanded and the population of the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area which incorporates the surrounding suburbs and towns is 483,000.

Belfast gained notoriety around the world during The Troubles (1969-1997) due to the frequency of gun and bomb attacks in the city. Parts of Belfast were effectively no-go areas for security forces and therefore took on a lawless quality. Today, the scars of Belfast's troubled past make it an intriguing destination for travellers from around the world.

Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, most of the politically-motivated violence has evaporated. Belfast was recently awarded the accolade of being the safest city in the UK, based on a comparison of nation-wide crime figures, and, as part of its commitment to maintain peace, now seeks tourism from all around the world, especially from countries other than the Irish Republic and the rest of the UK.

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