Kathmandu

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

10
1/265
Details
Large apartment$240.00
Medium apartment$220.00
Rent index [score]1.00
Small apartment$210.00

Cost of Living

9
14/250
Details
5km taxi ride$3.50
A Cappuccino$1.70
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$1.80
Bread$0.27
Inflation [score]0.95
Lunch$3.30
Monthly fitness club membership$28.00
Monthly public transport$12.00
Movie ticket$3.30
Price of a meal at a restaurant$19.20

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 groups16
Meetups members4677
Number of startup events in the last 12 months9
Number of upcoming meetup events1
Startup climate scene [score]0.44
Startups [score]0.31
Total number of startups44

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
250/265
Details
Airport hub31
Airport hub [score]0.21

Commute

6
35/251
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Nepal/Kathmandu
Traffic handling [score]0.72

Business Freedom

5
224/263
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]0.81

Safety

8
69/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.68
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
251/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.62
Healthcare quality [score]0.45
Life expectancy (years)69.24
Life expectancy [score]0.16

Education

N/A
Details

Environmental Quality

1
265/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.11
Cleanliness [score]0.10
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.10

Economy

4
171/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area104.78
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
90/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.80
Income tax level [score]0.30
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes339
VAT (Sales Tax)0.13

Internet Access

1
265/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)4.49
Internet access (download) [score]0.10
Internet access (upload) [score]0.10
Upload speed (Mbps)2.69

Leisure & Culture

5
165/264
Details
Art galleries34
Art galleries [score]0.24
Cinemas22
Cinemas [score]0.25
Comedy clubs1
Comedy clubs [score]0.21
Concert venues16
Concerts [score]0.20
Historical sites58
Historical sites [score]0.66
Museums13
Museums [score]0.35
Performing art venues13
Performing arts [score]0.10
Sport venues12
Sports [score]0.11
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.45

Tolerance

10
5/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index91.03
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.93
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
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]1.00

Outdoors

5
146/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.80
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 250 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)

$130$290
$210
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$28
Movie ticket$3
Broadband internet connection$27
Monthly public transport$12
Lunch$3
-69%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$11,947
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 99 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Kathmandu

Population of Kathmandu

1,625,600
22,508 /km²
1/264
Density (people per unit of area)
62%
Growth in 2015-2020
Kathmandu

Demographics of Nepal

Median age
24
Elderly people
5%
Life expectancy at birth
71
GDP per capita (in USD)
$2,376
262/262
Unemployment
46%
263/263

Languages

Common spoken languages
Nepali

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Customer Support
11.11%
Business Analyst
5.56%
Founder
5.56%
Waiter
5.56%
Finance Manager
5.56%
Systems Administrator
5.56%
Web Developer
5.56%
Other
55.56%

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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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