Moscow

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 4.7% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
147/265
Details
Large apartment$1400.00
Medium apartment$1100.00
Rent index [score]0.65
Small apartment$820.00

Cost of Living

8
57/248
Details
5km taxi ride$2.80
A Cappuccino$3.60
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$1.40
Bread$0.25
Inflation [score]0.78
Lunch$8.30
Monthly fitness club membership$65.00
Monthly public transport$34.00
Movie ticket$6.80
Price of a meal at a restaurant$51.33

Startups

5
94/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.47
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.52
Meetups groups146
Meetups members54851
Number of investors105
Number of startup events in the last 12 months104
Number of upcoming meetup events15
Startup climate scene [score]0.43
Startup events14
Startup events [score]0.41
Startups [score]0.81
Total number of startups472

Venture Capital

5
59/207
Details
Funding accelerator namesTexDrive
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.50

Travel Connectivity

9
3/265
Details
Airport hub257
Airport hub [score]1.00
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.81

Commute

4
179/254
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Russia/Moscow
Traffic handling [score]0.25

Business Freedom

5
218/263
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

7
123/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.54
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]0.95
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.64

Healthcare

5
241/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.54
Life expectancy (years)70.47
Life expectancy [score]0.23

Education

5
107/239
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)19
PISA ranking21
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.75
PISA reading (high school)18
PISA science (high school)23
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
168/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.36
Cleanliness [score]0.63
Drinking water quality [score]0.52
Urban greenery [score]0.67

Economy

3
238/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area59.97
Currency for urban areaRUB
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.22
GDP per capita$24805.49
GDP per capita [score]0.41

Taxation

6
62/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.48
Income tax level [score]0.72
Profit tax (% of profit)0.47
Time overhead to file company taxes168
VAT (Sales Tax)0.18

Internet Access

7
70/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)35.12
Internet access (download) [score]0.59
Internet access (upload) [score]0.74
Upload speed (Mbps)22.20

Leisure & Culture

9
15/264
Details
Art galleries253
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas246
Cinemas [score]1.00
Comedy clubs208
Comedy clubs [score]0.98
Concert venues289
Concerts [score]0.88
Historical sites375
Historical sites [score]0.78
Museums205
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues275
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues309
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos151
Zoos [score]0.98

Tolerance

3
254/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.16
LGBT Equality Index35.09
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.34
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]0.33

Outdoors

5
100/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters239.00
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 57th place of all 248 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)

$620$1,000
$820
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$65
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$7
Monthly public transport$34
Lunch$8
-50%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Moscow are low. For this job type, Moscow ranks 216th 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 Moscow.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$25,456
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

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

Value added tax (VAT)

18%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

27/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

179/262
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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 167 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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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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People in Moscow

Population of Moscow

22,049,300
1,383 /km²
100/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Moscow

Demographics of Russia

Median age
39
Elderly people
14%
Life expectancy at birth
71
GDP per capita (in USD)
$24,805
189/262
Unemployment
6%
137/263

Languages

English proficiency score
52
187/228
Common spoken languages
Russian

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Teleport users who are      Moscow

Work in:

Software Engineer
8.91%
Founder
7.43%
Marketing Manager
3.47%
Business Analyst
2.97%
Web Developer
2.97%
Architect
2.48%
Graphic Designer
2.48%
Other
69.31%

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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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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

Russia
60th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

132nd

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

104th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

63rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

143rd

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

82nd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

47th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

29th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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