Cardiff

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
139/263
Details
Large apartment$1259.53
Medium apartment$1143.41
Rent index [score]0.77
Small apartment$1027.30

Cost of Living

6
107/261
Details
5km taxi ride$6.00
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.29
Inflation [score]0.57
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$31.00
Monthly public transport$60.00
Movie ticket$9.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$71.11

Startups

3
191/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.48
Meetups [score]0.28
Meetups groups66
Meetups members18912
Number of investors4
Number of startup events in the last 12 months406
Number of upcoming meetup events18
Startup climate scene [score]0.39
Startup events46
Startup events30
Startup events [score]0.64
Startups [score]0.42
Total number of startups50

Venture Capital

2
196/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.21

Travel Connectivity

5
63/260
Details
Airport hub79
Airport hub [score]0.39
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.58

Commute

5
52/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.86

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
83/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.64
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
44/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.87
Healthcare quality [score]0.74
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
89/230
Details
Best university in rankingCardiff University
Best university ranking182
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]0.15

Environmental Quality

7
113/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.64
Cleanliness [score]0.63
Drinking water quality [score]0.73
Urban greenery [score]0.76

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
87/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)46.33
Internet access (download) [score]0.74
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.59

Leisure & Culture

5
167/263
Details
Art galleries46
Art galleries [score]0.63
Cinemas12
Cinemas [score]0.45
Comedy clubs4
Comedy clubs [score]0.61
Concert venues37
Concerts [score]0.44
Historical sites19
Historical sites [score]0.56
Museums11
Museums [score]0.45
Performing art venues33
Performing arts [score]0.57
Sport venues17
Sports [score]0.55
Zoos [score]0.10

Tolerance

7
84/264
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]0.48

Outdoors

4
165/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters250.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)12.00
Water access [score]0.70
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Cardiff are in the 107th 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)

$854$1,433
$1143
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$31
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$24
Monthly public transport$60
Lunch$11
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$36,535
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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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The overall crime rate puts Cardiff in position 114 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Cardiff


Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital of Wales in the United Kingdom and is on the south coast of the country. Though it had a reputation of being an industrial city, Cardiff has changed dramatically in recent decades. It is now a lively and modern capital city, gaining popularity with tourists interested in its history and Welsh culture. It is quickly becoming one of the United Kingdom's tourism hot spots. Summer is by far the best time to visit as the city hosts large festivals with al fresco dining and drinking becoming ever more popular due to large areas of pedestrianisation. The city centre has seen huge development over the last decade and is now considered to be one of the top ten shopping destinations in the United Kingdom. Cardiff is a very green city, having the most green space per person in the UK, and this is complimented by Bute Park which sits in the heart of the city. It has a reputation as a city of castles, having 5 different castles within its surroundings. The city's core population stands at roughly 341,000, with 861,000 living in the larger urban area.

Cardiff is on the south coast of the south Wales plain, with a shoreline on the Bristol Channel. It lies at the mouth of three rivers: the Taff, the Ely and the Rhymney, with the Taff flowing through the city centre and all three reaching the sea at Cardiff Bay. Cardiff is quite a flat city, a characteristic that helped it become one of the world's leading ports for the transport of coal from the rugged south Wales Valleys.

Around 12% of the residents of Cardiff speak Welsh, and all public signs in the city are in both Welsh and English. However, as elsewhere in Wales, English is universally understood.

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