Bilbao

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
115/265
Details
Large apartment$1100.00
Medium apartment$960.00
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$790.00

Cost of Living

6
110/250
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$1.90
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.43
Inflation [score]0.58
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$53.00
Monthly public transport$47.00
Movie ticket$9.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$67.13

Startups

3
223/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.18
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.16
Meetups groups27
Meetups members4323
Number of startup events in the last 12 months25
Number of upcoming meetup events2
Startup climate scene [score]0.32
Startup events4
Startup events [score]0.23
Startups [score]0.35
Total number of startups41

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

4
78/265
Details
Airport hub42
Airport hub [score]0.25
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.65

Commute

5
72/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.62

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

9
14/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.94
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
1/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.84
Healthcare quality [score]0.99
Life expectancy (years)82.83
Life expectancy [score]0.97

Education

4
159/239
Details
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

Environmental Quality

8
51/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.77
Cleanliness [score]0.79
Drinking water quality [score]0.91
Urban greenery [score]0.78

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

Internet Access

6
76/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)36.28
Internet access (download) [score]0.66
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.02

Leisure & Culture

6
120/264
Details
Art galleries44
Art galleries [score]0.51
Cinemas7
Cinemas [score]0.12
Comedy clubs1
Comedy clubs [score]0.14
Concert venues52
Concerts [score]0.34
Historical sites28
Historical sites [score]0.56
Museums20
Museums [score]0.64
Performing art venues33
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues17
Sports [score]0.54
Zoos [score]0.10

Tolerance

10
9/265
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]0.98

Outdoors

4
204/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.22
Median peak in meters459.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)25.00
Water access [score]0.49
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Bilbao are in the 110th place of all 250 Teleport cities and the 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)

$840$1,100
$960
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$9
Monthly fitness club membership$53
Monthly public transport$47
Lunch$14
-34%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$35,321
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 Bilbao in position 16 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Bilbao

Population of Bilbao

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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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

35

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Bilbao

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On living in Bilbao

Situated on the banks of the Nervión, Bilbao is the largest city in Spain's Basque Country. Milder and rainier than most other parts of Spain (temperatures here rarely fall below freezing in winter nor rise much above 25°C even in the height of summer), the greenery of Bilbao is both a blessing and a curse: the climate here is as much a welcome relief from the heat of the dry plains in the south as a thorn in the side of those hoping for a day at the beach. But the shore of the Bay of Biscay isn't really the main attraction—instead, Bilbao is perhaps the best place in the world to experience the ancient culture and language of the Basque people, which has stubbornly held its own over thousands of years and is now completely unlike any modern-day culture in Europe.

All buses to other provinces leave from the TermiBus terminal. There are regular connections to Santander (75 minutes) San Sebastian (60 minutes) and Madrid (arriving at Avenida de América bus station, 4–5 hours) among others.

The bus companies connect Bilbao with many cities in Spain more cheaply and frequently than the rail companies.

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Good Country Index

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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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