Istanbul

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
37/265
Details
Large apartment$670.00
Medium apartment$550.00
Rent index [score]0.91
Small apartment$430.00

Cost of Living

8
38/248
Details
5km taxi ride$3.60
A Cappuccino$2.40
A beer$2.30
A kilogram of Apples$0.92
Bread$0.31
Inflation [score]0.85
Lunch$6.90
Monthly fitness club membership$39.00
Monthly public transport$43.00
Movie ticket$5.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$30.91

Startups

7
39/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups12
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.58
Coworking spaces [score]0.67
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co13
Meetups [score]0.78
Meetups groups198
Meetups members136719
Number of investors87
Number of startup events in the last 12 months327
Number of upcoming meetup events46
Startup climate scene [score]0.53
Startup events42
Startup events [score]0.58
Startups [score]0.81
Total number of startups805

Venture Capital

4
83/207
Details
Funding accelerator namesStartupbootcamp Istanbul
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.37

Travel Connectivity

6
44/265
Details
Airport hub242
Airport hub [score]1.00
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.17

Commute

4
208/254
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Turkey/İstanbul
Traffic handling [score]0.17

Business Freedom

6
197/263
Details
Business freedom65.40
Business freedom [score]0.47
Freedom from corruption45.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.38
Lack of labor restrictions48.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.25
Time to open a business6.50
Time to open a business [score]0.94

Safety

7
149/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.48
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents13
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.94
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

7
126/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.81
Healthcare quality [score]0.70
Life expectancy (years)75.75
Life expectancy [score]0.54

Education

2
199/239
Details
Best university in rankingKoç University
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test441.66
Country mean scores in PISA reading test475.49
Country mean scores in PISA science test463.41
PISA math ranking (high school)40
PISA ranking43
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.30
PISA reading (high school)38
PISA science (high school)42
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.42
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.26
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.06
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.04
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.02
University quality [score]0.13

Environmental Quality

4
219/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.41
Cleanliness [score]0.48
Drinking water quality [score]0.41
Urban greenery [score]0.25

Economy

4
201/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area3.53
Currency for urban areaTRY
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.49
GDP per capita$19610.44
GDP per capita [score]0.33

Taxation

4
150/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.59
Income tax level [score]0.28
Profit tax (% of profit)0.41
Time overhead to file company taxes217
VAT (Sales Tax)0.18

Internet Access

2
238/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)16.52
Internet access (download) [score]0.35
Internet access (upload) [score]0.15
Upload speed (Mbps)3.69

Leisure & Culture

10
1/264
Details
Art galleries237
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas170
Cinemas [score]1.00
Comedy clubs193
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues216
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites168
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums165
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues188
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues258
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos120
Zoos [score]0.99

Tolerance

4
242/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.09
LGBT Equality Index35.73
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.35
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legalityUnknown
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityUnknown
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.46

Outdoors

6
58/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.23
Median peak in meters494.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)55.00
Water access [score]0.89
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Costs of living

Costs of living in İstanbul are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 248 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to İstanbul 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)

$500$840
$670
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$39
Movie ticket$5
Broadband internet connection$18
Monthly public transport$43
Lunch$7
-57%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Istanbul are below average. For this job type, Istanbul ranks 157th 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 Istanbul.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$36,291
Median salary
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Locals review Istanbul

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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

12.50
Guns per 100 people
1.95
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Istanbul in position 191 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Istanbul, Turkey

Cumhuryet Cad : Umac Apt NO: 93, Kat: 5 Elmadag- Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey

Phone: +902 12 343 87 22,+902 12 343 87 22

Embassy of Turkey in Afghanistan

Shah Mahmoud Ghazi Khan Street No.134, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) (20) 210 1581,3253

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People in Istanbul

Population of Istanbul

21,536,800
3,426 /km²
29/264
Density (people per unit of area)
8%
Growth in 2015-2020
Istanbul

Demographics of Turkey

Median age
31
Elderly people
7%
Life expectancy at birth
75
GDP per capita (in USD)
$19,610
200/262
Unemployment
10%
220/263

Languages

English proficiency score
48
213/228
Common spoken languages
Turkish

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Work in:

Marketing Manager
9.48%
Founder
9.15%
Software Engineer
6.21%
Teacher
2.94%
Graphic Designer
2.94%
Account Manager
2.29%
Operations Manager
2.29%
Other
64.71%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.7

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Istanbul

Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople— Jimmy Kennedy, Istanbul (Not Constantinople), 1953

As the above, profound lyrics demonstrate, Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul) is not Constantinople. It is however a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty. Called Byzantium in ancient times, the city's name was changed to Constantinople when it was rebuilt by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. It was renamed again in 1928 as Istanbul, a name which had already been in use for centuries.

The most populous city in Europe, Istanbul forms the financial centre of Turkey and confidently straddles the borders between Asia and Europe as it has for millennia: this is the result when you mix ancient Christendom, a medieval metropolis and the modern Middle East. Situated on either side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul retains its metropolitan status: the city's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Turkey
49th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

126th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

72nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

60th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

103rd

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

58th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

55th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

22nd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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