Saint Petersburg

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
65/265
Details
Large apartment$870.00
Medium apartment$680.00
Rent index [score]0.85
Small apartment$490.00

Cost of Living

9
38/245
Details
5km taxi ride$4.30
A Cappuccino$2.60
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$1.40
Bread$0.55
Inflation [score]0.85
Lunch$7.30
Monthly fitness club membership$40.00
Monthly public transport$42.00
Movie ticket$5.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$46.20

Startups

5
95/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.37
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.22
Meetups groups45
Meetups members11090
Number of investors14
Number of startup events in the last 12 months15
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.45
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.16
Startups [score]0.63
Total number of startups93

Venture Capital

1
207/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.15

Travel Connectivity

6
41/265
Details
Airport hub109
Airport hub [score]0.50
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.70

Commute

4
187/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Russia/Saint_Petersburg
Traffic handling [score]0.28

Business Freedom

6
216/263
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 business7.00
Time to open a business [score]0.93

Safety

8
105/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.59
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
225/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.56
Healthcare quality [score]0.58
Life expectancy (years)70.47
Life expectancy [score]0.23

Education

4
127/239
Details
Best university in rankingSaint Petersburg State University
Best university ranking450
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]0.10

Environmental Quality

5
190/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.44
Cleanliness [score]0.47
Drinking water quality [score]0.39
Urban greenery [score]0.54

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
57/265
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
55/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)65.97
Internet access (download) [score]0.86
Internet access (upload) [score]0.48
Upload speed (Mbps)10.68

Leisure & Culture

10
6/264
Details
Art galleries140
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas102
Cinemas [score]0.99
Comedy clubs63
Comedy clubs [score]0.89
Concert venues162
Concerts [score]0.84
Historical sites306
Historical sites [score]0.95
Museums150
Museums [score]0.98
Performing art venues181
Performing arts [score]1.00
Sport venues195
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos51
Zoos [score]0.94

Tolerance

4
238/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.16
LGBT Equality Index35.09
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.33
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]0.54

Outdoors

5
76/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.12
Median peak in meters82.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)11.00
Water access [score]0.96
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Costs of living

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Housing costs (USD)

$680$1,100
$870
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$40
Movie ticket$5
Broadband internet connection$6
Monthly public transport$42
Lunch$7
-56%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$26,197
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

178/262
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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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The overall crime rate puts Saint Petersburg in position 141 of 265 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 Saint Petersburg

Population of Saint Petersburg

9,145,300
659 /km²
168/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Saint Petersburg

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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Software Engineer
8.00%
Founder
4.57%
Marketing Manager
4.00%
Web Developer
3.43%
Graphic Designer
3.43%
Product Manager
2.86%
Project Manager
2.29%
Other
71.43%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

13.3

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Saint Petersburg


Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петерб́ург Sankt-Peterburg), known as Petrograd in 1914-1924 and Leningrad in 1924-1991, is the second largest city of Russia, with 5 million inhabitants, and the former capital of the Russian Empire. Founded in 1703, it is not ancient, but its historical cityscape is remarkably well-preserved. The center of Saint Petersburg occupies numerous islands of the Neva River delta, divided by waterways and connected by huge drawbridges. Since 1991 it and some historical suburbs, including Peterhof, have been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site [1]. It is home to one of the world's largest museums of art, the Hermitage. Many Russians know the city as Piter (Питер), a familiar diminutive of Saint Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on the Neva river, amidst the land he had just conquered from Sweden, outside the area populated then by the Russian people. Pre-planned rather than spontaneous almost from the very beginning, the city, called by Peter "my window on Europe", was designed to look European rather than Russian, and many European architects were invited to work here. As the capital of the Russian Empire from the early 18th century to the early 20th century, the city grew steadily, saw many crucial events of the Russian history, and was a major cultural center. Many world-famous artists, scientists, writers and composers, such as Mendeleev, Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky, lived and worked here.

In 1917 the Russian Revolution started. The significance of Saint Petersburg has declined somewhat after the transfer of the Russian capital to Moscow in 1918, but this allowed its cityscape to remain largely intact to this day. During World War II, the city was besieged by the Wehrmacht for 872 days, resulting in more than a million of civilian losses, mainly from starvation.

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Good Country Index

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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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