Hong Kong

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Quality of life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a world financial center with low taxation rates and free trade. The city is connected by a well-developed but cheap public transportation system and offers extensive international travel connections for its large expat community. Adding its b>ease of doing business, the free public wifi, high safety rating, and unique status within China and it's no surprise that Hong Kong is a truly international city.

Hong Kong is one of the top ten city matches for 11.8% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
260/263
Details
Large apartment$3516.79
Medium apartment$2704.42
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1892.04

Cost of Living

4
197/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.80
A Cappuccino$4.60
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$3.30
Bread$0.96
Inflation [score]0.44
Lunch$8.50
Monthly fitness club membership$86.00
Monthly public transport$56.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$54.44

Startups

8
27/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups38
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.73
Coworking spaces [score]0.63
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co25
Meetups [score]0.54
Meetups groups163
Meetups members37219
Number of investors481
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1320
Number of upcoming meetup events25
Startup climate scene [score]0.81
Startup events85
Startup events149
Startup events [score]0.75
Startups [score]0.88
Total number of startups746

Venture Capital

9
18/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.86

Travel Connectivity

4
102/260
Details
Airport hub170
Airport hub [score]0.74

Commute

5
87/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Hong_Kong/Hong_Kong
Traffic handling [score]0.63

Business Freedom

9
23/259
Details
Business freedom97.40
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions89.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.96
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

9
12/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.92
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.99

Healthcare

5
235/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.66
Healthcare quality [score]0.76

Education

5
132/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Hong Kong
Best university ranking43
Country mean scores in PISA math test565.52
Country mean scores in PISA reading test544.60
Country mean scores in PISA science test554.94
Percent of happy students0.86
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.07
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.06
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.34
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.17
University quality [score]0.92

Environmental Quality

5
174/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.28
Cleanliness [score]0.64
Drinking water quality [score]0.61
Urban greenery [score]0.49

Economy

6
80/258
Details
Currency for urban areaHKD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.42
GDP per capita$54722.12
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

8
12/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.92
Income tax level [score]0.75
Profit tax (% of profit)0.23
Time overhead to file company taxes74

Internet Access

8
17/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)38.77
Internet access (download) [score]0.68
Internet access (upload) [score]0.90
Upload speed (Mbps)32.00

Leisure & Culture

7
67/263
Details
Art galleries135
Art galleries [score]0.77
Cinemas207
Cinemas [score]0.60
Comedy clubs42
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues120
Concerts [score]0.53
Historical sites125
Historical sites [score]0.77
Museums152
Museums [score]0.65
Performing art venues83
Performing arts [score]0.66
Sport venues105
Sports [score]0.61
Zoos35
Zoos [score]0.90

Tolerance

4
239/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index55.36
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.56
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.22

Outdoors

6
56/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters293.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)74.00
Water access [score]0.95
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Hong Kong are in the 197th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Hong Kong will very likely increase 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)

$2,662$4,372
$3517
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$86
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$25
Monthly public transport$56
Lunch$9
-23%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Hong Kong are below average. For this job type, Hong Kong ranks 142nd 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 Hong Kong.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$40,350
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.96
Guns per 100 people
0.03
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Hong Kong in position 26 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Hong Kong

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Single Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (香港 Heūng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities; the population is mainly Cantonese Chinese but British influence is quite visible. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City.

Hong Kong has been a major destination for both tourists and business people from around the world for at least a century, and today it is also a major tourism destination for China's increasingly affluent mainland population. It is also an important air hub with connections to many of the world's cities.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China is much more than a harbour city. The traveller weary of its crowded streets may be tempted to describe it as Hong Kongcrete. Yet, this territory with its cloudy mountains and rocky islands is mostly a rural landscape. Much of the countryside is classified as Country Park and, although 7 million people are never far away, it is possible to find pockets of wilderness that will reward the more intrepid tourist.

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