Osaka

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
129/263
Details
Large apartment$1232.59
Medium apartment$921.61
Rent index [score]0.71
Small apartment$610.63

Cost of Living

3
245/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.60
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$4.40
Bread$0.86
Inflation [score]0.28
Lunch$7.70
Monthly fitness club membership$85.00
Monthly public transport$70.00
Movie ticket$16.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$47.45

Startups

3
223/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.15
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co13
Meetups [score]0.14
Meetups groups18
Meetups members2712
Number of investors3
Number of startup events in the last 12 months2
Number of upcoming meetup events5
Startup climate scene [score]0.32
Startup events4
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.24
Startups [score]0.37
Total number of startups27

Venture Capital

3
159/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.30

Travel Connectivity

7
21/260
Details
Airport hub71
Airport hub [score]0.36
Intercity train connectivity [score]1.00

Commute

5
130/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.54

Business Freedom

8
131/259
Details
Business freedom82.50
Business freedom [score]0.82
Freedom from corruption76.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.82
Lack of labor restrictions83.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.87
Time to open a business10.50
Time to open a business [score]0.89

Safety

9
45/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.75
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]1.00

Healthcare

9
28/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.72
Healthcare quality [score]0.83
Life expectancy (years)83.68
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

6
46/230
Details
Best university in rankingOsaka University
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test518.26
Country mean scores in PISA reading test538.05
Country mean scores in PISA science test546.74
PISA math ranking (high school)4
PISA ranking4
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)3
PISA science (high school)3
Percent of happy students0.85
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.24
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.18
University quality [score]0.12

Environmental Quality

6
159/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.49
Cleanliness [score]0.80
Drinking water quality [score]0.62
Urban greenery [score]0.33

Economy

4
211/258
Details
Currency for urban areaJPY
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$37389.79
GDP per capita [score]0.60

Taxation

6
61/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.75
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

3
203/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)16.14
Internet access (download) [score]0.39
Internet access (upload) [score]0.27
Upload speed (Mbps)5.67

Leisure & Culture

7
59/263
Details
Art galleries229
Art galleries [score]0.79
Cinemas126
Cinemas [score]0.64
Comedy clubs81
Comedy clubs [score]0.89
Concert venues239
Concerts [score]0.81
Historical sites252
Historical sites [score]0.77
Museums172
Museums [score]0.69
Performing art venues117
Performing arts [score]0.80
Sport venues152
Sports [score]0.87
Zoos26
Zoos [score]0.84

Tolerance

6
175/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.54
LGBT Equality Index53.62
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.54
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ 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✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.60

Outdoors

5
148/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.28
Median peak in meters634.55
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)16.00
Water access [score]0.63
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Osaka are in the most expensive 10 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)

$735$1,108
$922
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$85
Movie ticket$16
Broadband internet connection$34
Monthly public transport$70
Lunch$8
-9%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Osaka are above average. For this job type, Osaka ranks 129th for salaries among 264 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 Osaka.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$43,736
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.60
Guns per 100 people
0.06
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Osaka in position 75 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo, Japan

2-2-1 Azabudai, Minato ward, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan

Phone: +81-3-5574-7611

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.6

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Osaka

Ōsaka (大阪) is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area. It is the central metropolis of the Kansai region and the largest of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto trio.

"Osaka" can mean either the larger Osaka prefecture (大阪府 Ōsaka-fu), covered in a separate guide, or central Osaka city (大阪市 Ōsaka-shi), the topic of this guide. The city is administratively divided into 24 wards (区 ku), but in common usage the following divisions are more useful:

If Tokyo is Japan's capital, one might call Osaka its anti-capital. Whatever you call it, though, there are many opportunities for you to discover its true character.

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