Christchurch

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
165/265
Details
Large apartment$1362.97
Medium apartment$1144.22
Rent index [score]0.69
Small apartment$925.47

Cost of Living

4
211/263
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$2.80
A kilogram of Apples$2.80
Bread$0.69
Inflation [score]0.41
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$74.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$77.50

Startups

2
246/260
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.co5
Meetups [score]0.20
Meetups groups38
Meetups members7078
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months219
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.31
Startup events31
Startup events32
Startup events [score]0.53
Startups [score]0.24
Total number of startups18

Venture Capital

2
188/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.23

Travel Connectivity

1
258/265
Details
Airport hub20
Airport hub [score]0.17

Commute

6
36/261
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.89

Business Freedom

10
1/263
Details
Business freedom91.40
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption91.00
Freedom from corruption [score]1.00
Lack of labor restrictions85.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.90
Time to open a business0.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
124/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.62
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents23
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.97
Lack of guns [score]0.89
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.93

Healthcare

8
43/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.78
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)81.64
Life expectancy [score]0.90

Education

5
96/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Canterbury
Best university ranking375
Country mean scores in PISA math test498.76
Country mean scores in PISA reading test512.19
Country mean scores in PISA science test515.64
PISA math ranking (high school)18
PISA ranking12
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.85
PISA reading (high school)9
PISA science (high school)11
Percent of happy students0.78
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.23
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.16
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.13
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

9
15/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.81
Cleanliness [score]0.94
Drinking water quality [score]0.87
Urban greenery [score]0.96

Economy

6
114/262
Details
Currency for urban areaNZD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.53
GDP per capita$35151.75
GDP per capita [score]0.57

Taxation

6
56/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.72
Income tax level [score]0.51
Profit tax (% of profit)0.34
Time overhead to file company taxes152
VAT (Sales Tax)0.15

Internet Access

6
89/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)34.16
Internet access (download) [score]0.62
Internet access (upload) [score]0.59
Upload speed (Mbps)15.45

Leisure & Culture

4
224/264
Details
Art galleries41
Art galleries [score]0.36
Cinemas35
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.39
Concert venues29
Concerts [score]0.34
Historical sites15
Historical sites [score]0.35
Museums10
Museums [score]0.51
Performing art venues45
Performing arts [score]0.42
Sport venues13
Sports [score]0.34
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.61

Tolerance

8
65/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.65
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.68

Outdoors

6
26/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.31
Median peak in meters840.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)12.00
Water access [score]0.94
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Christchurch are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 263 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)

$1,234$1,492
$1363
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$53
Monthly public transport$74
Lunch$12
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Christchurch are above average. For this job type, Christchurch ranks 100th 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 Christchurch.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$51,040
Median salary
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Locals review Christchurch

Do locals recommend living in Christchurch?

"How likely is it that you would recommend a friend to move to Christchurch?"
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

22.60
Guns per 100 people
1.07
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Christchurch in position 134 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Entrepreneur Work Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo3 years
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People in Christchurch

Population of Christchurch

363,926
283 /km²
241/264
Density (people per unit of area)
1%
Growth in 2015-2020
Christchurch

Demographics of New Zealand

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$35,152
160/262
Unemployment
5%
134/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Work in:

Project Manager
6.98%
Software Engineer
6.98%
Business Analyst
4.65%
Founder
4.65%
Web Developer
4.65%
Account Manager
4.65%
Sales Manager
4.65%
Other
62.79%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

238.3

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the third most-populous urban area in the country. As well as having the most attractions of any place in the South Island, it's the major international entry point for visiting the rest of the island. It is on the east coast of the South Island, and is the centre of the Canterbury region.

Christchurch is recovering and rebuilding after an earthquake in February 2011 that severely damaged the city. Bits of the city may be off limits due to reconstruction work, but most of the city and region are open for business and the city remains the main gateway to the South Island.

Christchurch was established in 1850 by English settlers. Its English heritage shows in the older buildings, especially in the cultural precinct along Worcester Boulevard (which is open from the River Avon towards the west), where most heritage buildings remain. The River Avon flows through the central city and disrupts the regular rectangular layout of the city streets.

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