Riyadh

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
60/265
Details
Large apartment$820.00
Medium apartment$670.00
Rent index [score]0.89
Small apartment$520.00

Cost of Living

8
53/250
Details
5km taxi ride$4.00
A Cappuccino$3.10
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.21
Inflation [score]0.79
Lunch$6.50
Monthly fitness club membership$87.00
Monthly public transport$39.00
Movie ticket$20.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$33.45

Startups

4
174/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.23
Meetups groups42
Meetups members21691
Number of investors13
Number of startup events in the last 12 months32
Number of upcoming meetup events7
Startup climate scene [score]0.49
Startup events8
Startup events [score]0.32
Startups [score]0.47
Total number of startups23

Venture Capital

4
132/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.35

Travel Connectivity

2
154/265
Details
Airport hub79
Airport hub [score]0.39
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.10

Commute

4
171/251
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Saudi_Arabia/Riyadh
Traffic handling [score]0.50

Business Freedom

6
195/263
Details
Business freedom69.90
Business freedom [score]0.56
Freedom from corruption49.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.44
Lack of labor restrictions68.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.60
Time to open a business15.00
Time to open a business [score]0.84

Safety

9
47/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.91
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents35
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.83
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

6
170/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.68
Life expectancy (years)74.52
Life expectancy [score]0.47

Education

1
230/239
Details
Best university in rankingKing Saud University
Best university ranking550
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
219/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.23
Cleanliness [score]0.55
Drinking water quality [score]0.49
Urban greenery [score]0.23

Economy

7
10/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area3.75
Currency for urban areaSAR
GDP growth rate0.04
GDP growth rate [score]0.58
GDP per capita$52183.40
GDP per capita [score]0.83

Taxation

10
1/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]1.00
Income tax level [score]1.00
Profit tax (% of profit)0.16
Time overhead to file company taxes67

Internet Access

3
239/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)10.26
Internet access (download) [score]0.26
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.42

Leisure & Culture

6
138/264
Details
Art galleries52
Art galleries [score]0.65
Cinemas94
Cinemas [score]0.10
Comedy clubs102
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues66
Concerts [score]0.18
Historical sites51
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums32
Museums [score]0.41
Performing art venues28
Performing arts [score]0.16
Sport venues41
Sports [score]0.61
Zoos15
Zoos [score]0.68

Tolerance

5
228/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index16.78
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.14
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consentN/A
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, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.81

Outdoors

1
257/265
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)612.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Riyadh are in the 53rd place of all 250 Teleport cities. Moving to Riyadh 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)

$650$1,000
$820
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$87
Movie ticket$20
Broadband internet connection$40
Monthly public transport$39
Lunch$7
-55%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$29,418
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

35
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 Riyadh in position 30 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Riyadh

Population of Riyadh

4,206,000
349 /km²
223/264
Density (people per unit of area)
12%
Growth in 2015-2020
Riyadh

Demographics of Saudi Arabia

Median age
27
Elderly people
3%
Life expectancy at birth
75
GDP per capita (in USD)
$52,183
76/262
Unemployment
11%
226/263

Languages

English proficiency score
41
227/228
Common spoken languages
Arabic

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Pharmacist
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25.00%
Graphic Designer
25.00%
Other
25.00%

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LGBT rights in Riyadh

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Not Legal

Adoption

Illegal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Riyadh

Riyadh (الرياض ar-Riyāḍ) is the capital of Saudi Arabia, located slightly east of the center of the country in the heart of the Tuwaig escarpment.

Riyadh is the capital city and the largest city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Although much of the common forms of entertainment are limited currently, there are interesting places that can be visited in Riyadh ranging from historic landmarks to the few towers that highlight the transition of the city with more incorporation of modern technology. For most of the year, the climate is brutally hot but it is pleasantly moderate during the winter. The only reliable means of transport in Riyadh is using cars, and thus you would either depend on cabs or you would need to rent your own car. Despite general inflation, generally prices are lower in Riyadh than most other big cities in the world. However, Riyadh is usually a destination that is visited mainly for business.

Until the 16th century, Riyadh (or, more accurately, Ar-Riyadh) was known by the name Hajr, an important city of central Arabia dating from at least the 3rd century AD (and probably older). In the Middle Ages, Hajr served as the capital of the province of Al-Yamamah, whose viceroys presided over most of central and eastern Arabia.

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Good Country Index

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Overall ranking

Saudi Arabia
72nd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

134th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

82nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

112nd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

39th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

147th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

100th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

11th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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