Moscow

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Quality of life in Moscow

By Kevin Kiseljov

Moscow is a lively city, rich in history and culture. It is Russia's national center for visual and performing arts and home to some of the best known performance companies in the world. Renowned for its grand architecture, the city boasts excellent travel connections and low cost of living. With more than 12 million residents, Moscow is among the most populous cities in the world, but roughly 40% of its territory is still covered by greenery.

Moscow is one of the top ten city matches for 4.2% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
131/263
Details
Large apartment$1268.09
Medium apartment$1001.35
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$734.61

Cost of Living

8
44/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.30
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$0.90
A kilogram of Apples$1.60
Bread$0.23
Inflation [score]0.84
Lunch$9.10
Monthly fitness club membership$85.00
Monthly public transport$26.00
Movie ticket$6.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$49.94

Startups

6
83/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.41
Meetups groups107
Meetups members33405
Number of investors105
Number of startup events in the last 12 months68
Number of upcoming meetup events15
Startup climate scene [score]0.46
Startup events3
Startup events7
Startup events [score]0.21
Startups [score]0.84
Total number of startups601

Venture Capital

5
73/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesTexDrive
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.50

Travel Connectivity

9
3/260
Details
Airport hub257
Airport hub [score]1.00
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.78

Commute

4
213/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Russia/Moscow
Traffic handling [score]0.32

Business Freedom

5
214/259
Details
Business freedom72.20
Business freedom [score]0.61
Freedom from corruption27.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.13
Lack of labor restrictions57.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.41
Time to open a business11.00
Time to open a business [score]0.89

Safety

8
112/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.55
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year25
Guns per 100 residents9
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.32
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.64

Healthcare

5
234/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.64
Healthcare quality [score]0.55
Life expectancy (years)70.47
Life expectancy [score]0.23

Education

5
114/230
Details
Best university in rankingLomonosov Moscow State University
Best university ranking188
Country mean scores in PISA math test477.97
Country mean scores in PISA reading test475.15
Country mean scores in PISA science test486.30
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking36
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.79
PISA reading (high school)39
PISA science (high school)33
Percent of happy students0.71
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.24
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.19
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.05
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.04
University quality [score]0.16

Environmental Quality

5
169/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.39
Cleanliness [score]0.64
Drinking water quality [score]0.47
Urban greenery [score]0.58

Economy

3
234/258
Details
Currency for urban areaRUB
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.22
GDP per capita$24805.49
GDP per capita [score]0.40

Taxation

6
65/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.48
Income tax level [score]0.73
Profit tax (% of profit)0.47
Time overhead to file company taxes168

Internet Access

6
84/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)29.48
Internet access (download) [score]0.58
Internet access (upload) [score]0.64
Upload speed (Mbps)16.68

Leisure & Culture

9
14/263
Details
Art galleries251
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas208
Cinemas [score]1.00
Comedy clubs226
Comedy clubs [score]0.93
Concert venues290
Concerts [score]0.90
Historical sites345
Historical sites [score]0.81
Museums207
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues250
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues209
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos150
Zoos [score]0.98

Tolerance

6
164/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.16
LGBT Equality Index35.09
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.35
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
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✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.82

Outdoors

5
96/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters233.50
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)155.00
Water access [score]0.88
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Moscow are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. 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)

$893$1,643
$1268
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$85
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$7
Monthly public transport$26
Lunch$9
-57%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$27,971
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

8.90
Guns per 100 people
25
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Moscow in position 157 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia

Povarskaya 42, 121069

Phone: +7.495.290.1680

Embassy of Russia in Kabul, Afghanistan

Dar-ul-Aman Road, Ayub Khan Mena, Kabul, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Phone: +93 20 250-01-77,+93 20 250-02-55

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On living in Moscow

Moscow (Russian: Москва, Moskva) is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. A truly iconic, global city, Moscow has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world. For many, the sight of the Kremlin complex in the centre of the city is still loaded with symbolism and history. Moscow was the capital of the former Soviet Union and signs of its previous life are very visible even now.

Yet, there's more to Russia and its capital than just memories of the USSR. Architectural gems from the time of the Russian Empire are still dotted throughout Moscow, whilst signs of modern Tsars (or at least people with similar levels of wealth) abound.

Today, Moscow is a thriving, exuberant capital city that overflows with life, culture and sometimes traffic. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is home to numerous museums, Soviet-era monoliths and post-Soviet kitsch, but continues to pave the way forward as Muscovites move into the 21st century.

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