Hong Kong

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 10.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
261/265
Details
Large apartment$3600.00
Medium apartment$2700.00
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1800.00

Cost of Living

4
188/250
Details
5km taxi ride$4.50
A Cappuccino$4.70
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$2.80
Bread$0.84
Inflation [score]0.44
Lunch$8.70
Monthly fitness club membership$87.00
Monthly public transport$60.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$54.63

Startups

8
25/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups29
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.75
Coworking spaces [score]0.62
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co25
Meetups [score]0.62
Meetups groups194
Meetups members47097
Number of investors481
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1512
Number of upcoming meetup events19
Startup climate scene [score]0.85
Startup events107
Startup events [score]0.73
Startups [score]0.88
Total number of startups769

Venture Capital

9
10/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.91

Travel Connectivity

4
106/265
Details
Airport hub171
Airport hub [score]0.74

Commute

5
83/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Hong_Kong/Hong_Kong
Traffic handling [score]0.66

Business Freedom

9
23/263
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

10
10/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.93
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

4
243/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.60
Healthcare quality [score]0.73

Education

10
1/239
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
PISA math ranking (high school)2
PISA ranking2
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)2
PISA science (high school)8
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]0.94

Environmental Quality

5
181/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.28
Cleanliness [score]0.63
Drinking water quality [score]0.58
Urban greenery [score]0.46

Economy

6
80/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area7.81
Currency for urban areaHKD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.42
GDP per capita$54722.12
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

8
12/265
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

6
99/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)45.96
Internet access (download) [score]0.74
Internet access (upload) [score]0.48
Upload speed (Mbps)10.49

Leisure & Culture

7
66/264
Details
Art galleries134
Art galleries [score]0.77
Cinemas210
Cinemas [score]0.58
Comedy clubs41
Comedy clubs [score]0.68
Concert venues119
Concerts [score]0.53
Historical sites124
Historical sites [score]0.78
Museums148
Museums [score]0.64
Performing art venues88
Performing arts [score]0.67
Sport venues105
Sports [score]0.61
Zoos36
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

7
115/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index55.36
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.55
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]0.91

Outdoors

6
44/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
Median peak in meters311.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)74.00
Water access [score]0.96
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Hong Kong are in the 188th place of all 250 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)

$2,100$3,400
$2700
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$87
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$25
Monthly public transport$60
Lunch$9
-24%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Hong Kong are above average. For this job type, Hong Kong ranks 126th 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 Hong Kong.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$42,546
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

13%
For annual salary of $40000
15%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

0%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

17/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

23/262
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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 20 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Hong Kong

Population of Hong Kong

46,645,500
2,232 /km²
55/264
Density (people per unit of area)
11%
Growth in 2015-2020
Hong Kong

Demographics of China

Median age
44
Elderly people
16%
Life expectancy at birth
83
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,722
11/262
Unemployment
3%
17/263

Languages

English proficiency score
54
182/228
Common spoken languages
Chinese

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Teleport Users  X  Hong Kong

Teleport users who are      Hong Kong

Work in:

Software Engineer
8.84%
Founder
8.41%
Marketing Manager
4.74%
Web Developer
3.23%
Graphic Designer
3.02%
Project Manager
2.80%
Product Manager
2.80%
Other
66.16%

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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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