Chennai

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

10
1/264
Details
Large apartment$330.65
Medium apartment$259.82
Rent index [score]1.00
Small apartment$188.98

Cost of Living

10
1/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.60
A Cappuccino$2.00
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$0.30
Inflation [score]1.00
Lunch$2.50
Monthly fitness club membership$23.00
Monthly public transport$13.00
Movie ticket$2.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$15.62

Startups

7
37/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups29
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.66
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Meetups [score]0.71
Meetups groups200
Meetups members82646
Number of startup events in the last 12 months137
Number of upcoming meetup events35
Startup climate scene [score]0.80
Startup events26
Startup events23
Startup events [score]0.51
Startups [score]0.80
Total number of startups407

Venture Capital

4
115/226
Details
Venture capital [score]0.37

Travel Connectivity

4
87/264
Details
Airport hub40
Airport hub [score]0.24
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.60

Commute

5
167/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/India/Chennai
Traffic handling [score]0.51

Business Freedom

4
242/262
Details
Business freedom47.60
Business freedom [score]0.10
Freedom from corruption38.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.28
Lack of labor restrictions47.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.24
Time to open a business26.00
Time to open a business [score]0.71

Safety

8
99/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.56
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents4
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.99
Lack of guns [score]0.98
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.99

Healthcare

4
240/263
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.57
Life expectancy (years)68.31
Life expectancy [score]0.10

Education

1
227/238
Details
Best university in rankingIndian Institute of Technology Madras
Best university ranking450
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

3
240/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.31
Cleanliness [score]0.20
Drinking water quality [score]0.27
Urban greenery [score]0.31

Economy

6
106/261
Details
Currency for urban areaINR
GDP growth rate0.07
GDP growth rate [score]1.00
GDP per capita$5855.31
GDP per capita [score]0.11

Taxation

3
223/264
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.24
Income tax level [score]0.44
Profit tax (% of profit)0.61
Time overhead to file company taxes241
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

4
181/264
Details
Download speed (Mbps)23.02
Internet access (download) [score]0.48
Internet access (upload) [score]0.35
Upload speed (Mbps)7.71

Leisure & Culture

2
257/263
Details
Art galleries50
Art galleries [score]0.31
Cinemas173
Cinemas [score]0.78
Comedy clubs14
Comedy clubs [score]0.65
Concert venues81
Concerts [score]0.29
Historical sites28
Historical sites [score]0.23
Museums16
Museums [score]0.10
Performing art venues74
Performing arts [score]0.31
Sport venues55
Sports [score]0.34
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.56

Tolerance

3
253/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index24.03
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.21
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legalityAmbiguous
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
LGBT housing discrimination legalityAmbiguous
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.48

Outdoors

4
172/264
Details
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)14.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Chennai are in the least expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Chennai will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. 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)

$200$320
$260
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$23
Movie ticket$2
Broadband internet connection$21
Monthly public transport$13
Lunch$3
-74%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Chennai are very low. For this job type, Chennai ranks 241st 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 Chennai.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$14,764
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

4.20
Guns per 100 people
0.28
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Chennai in position 150 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Mumbai, India

115 Walkeshwar Road, Mumbai 400 006, India

Phone: (+91) 22 2363 3777

Consulate of India in Herat, Afghanistan

Herat, Afghanistan

Phone: 00-93-40-221145 (General)

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People in Chennai

Population of Chennai

4,328,063
8,239 /km²
6/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Chennai

Demographics of India

Median age
28
Elderly people
6%
Life expectancy at birth
69
GDP per capita (in USD)
$5,855
249/261
Unemployment
8%
187/262

Languages

English proficiency score
57
150/227
Common spoken languages
English
Hindi

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Work in:

Marketing Manager
13.33%
Business Analyst
6.67%
IT Manager
6.67%
Founder
6.67%
Project Manager
6.67%
Systems Administrator
6.67%
Web Developer
6.67%
Other
46.67%

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LGBT rights in Chennai

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Not Legal

Adoption

Illegal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical Savanna

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil: சென்னை), formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. With a population of 8.6 million (2011 census), Chennai's urbanized area is the most populous in South India and the fourth most populous in India. It is situated on the east coast of peninsular India.

Though Chennai traces its history to Fort St George and adjoining village of Madrasapatnam founded by the British East India Company in 1640, some residential districts of the city are older. The name Madras was changed to Chennai in 1997 by a special act of the Tamil Nadu legislature.

Chennai is well-connected by road, rail and air and is a staging point for tours to the 7th century Pallava temple of Mahabalipuram, an UNESCO World Heritage site, the Hindu temples of Kanchipuram, Sriperumbudur and Tirupati, the bird sanctuary of Vedanthangal and the Pondicherry ashram.

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