Kathmandu

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

10
1/263
Details
Large apartment$258.12
Medium apartment$244.99
Rent index [score]1.00
Small apartment$231.87

Cost of Living

10
13/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.40
A Cappuccino$1.80
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$1.70
Bread$0.26
Inflation [score]0.96
Lunch$3.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$11.00
Movie ticket$3.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$18.57

Startups

3
202/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.14
Meetups groups15
Meetups members3962
Number of startup events in the last 12 months6
Number of upcoming meetup events1
Startup climate scene [score]0.44
Startup events2
Startup events1
Startup events [score]0.16
Startups [score]0.31
Total number of startups45

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
246/260
Details
Airport hub31
Airport hub [score]0.20

Commute

5
96/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Nepal/Kathmandu
Traffic handling [score]0.51

Business Freedom

5
222/259
Details
Business freedom64.90
Business freedom [score]0.46
Freedom from corruption29.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.15
Lack of labor restrictions47.30
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.23
Time to open a business17.00
Time to open a business [score]0.82

Safety

8
62/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.69
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

4
247/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.63
Healthcare quality [score]0.46
Life expectancy (years)69.24
Life expectancy [score]0.16

Education

N/A
Details

Environmental Quality

1
264/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.12
Cleanliness [score]0.10
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.10

Economy

4
169/258
Details
Currency for urban areaNPR
GDP growth rate0.05
GDP growth rate [score]0.80
GDP per capita$2375.58
GDP per capita [score]0.10

Taxation

6
86/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.80
Income tax level [score]0.32
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes339
VAT (Sales Tax)0.13

Internet Access

2
256/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)3.99
Internet access (download) [score]0.10
Internet access (upload) [score]0.23
Upload speed (Mbps)4.88

Leisure & Culture

5
172/263
Details
Art galleries30
Art galleries [score]0.23
Cinemas22
Cinemas [score]0.24
Comedy clubs1
Comedy clubs [score]0.21
Concert venues16
Concerts [score]0.20
Historical sites58
Historical sites [score]0.67
Museums13
Museums [score]0.34
Performing art venues13
Performing arts [score]0.10
Sport venues14
Sports [score]0.11
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.45

Tolerance

5
202/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index87.36
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.90
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
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✔ 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 rightsAmbiguous
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.16

Outdoors

5
110/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.90
Median peak in meters2732.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)1295.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu 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)

$164$300
$232
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$3
Broadband internet connection$27
Monthly public transport$11
Lunch$3
-69%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$4,751
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.80
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Kathmandu in position 97 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Kathmandu

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Ambiguous

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.6

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Kathmandu

Kathmandu (काठमाण्डु) is the largest city and capital of Nepal and the namesake of the Kathmandu Valley. Once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La, Kathmandu is growing spot catering to a wide range of holiday types and budgets. As a result of considerable urban growth in recent decades, it is now part of one continuous urban area together with Patan to the south.

According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 2.5 million inhabitants, and the agglomerate has a population of more than 3 million inhabitants. The metropolitan city area is 50.67 square kilometres (19.56 sq mi) and has a population density of 3000 per km² and 17000 per km square in city.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal's population.

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