Seoul

Quality of life in Seoul

Seoul is a fast-paced metropolis with 24 hour facilities and expat-friendly social environment. The vibrant nightlife scene, fabulous pop culture as well as the refreshing nature can be reached by using Seoul’s affordable and reliable public transport system, which is also equipped with public wifi common to the most wired city in the world. The advanced technological environment and delicious local food combined with the low crime rate truly make it a highly attractive destination.

Seoul is one of the top ten city matches for 17.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
171/265
Details
Large apartment$1700.00
Medium apartment$1200.00
Rent index [score]0.63
Small apartment$720.00

Cost of Living

4
225/250
Details
5km taxi ride$4.90
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$5.40
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.37
Lunch$7.10
Monthly fitness club membership$59.00
Monthly public transport$55.00
Movie ticket$8.10
Price of a meal at a restaurant$47.70

Startups

5
100/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co8
Meetups [score]0.36
Meetups groups100
Meetups members22003
Number of investors60
Number of startup events in the last 12 months61
Number of upcoming meetup events13
Startup climate scene [score]0.49
Startup events5
Startup events [score]0.25
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups853

Venture Capital

8
27/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesSparkLabs
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.77

Travel Connectivity

6
35/265
Details
Airport hub139
Airport hub [score]0.62
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.62

Commute

6
23/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/South_Korea/Seoul
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

8
141/263
Details
Business freedom91.10
Business freedom [score]0.99
Freedom from corruption55.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.52
Lack of labor restrictions50.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.29
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

9
23/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.84
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

8
28/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.72
Healthcare quality [score]0.90
Life expectancy (years)82.28
Life expectancy [score]0.94

Education

7
20/239
Details
Best university in rankingSeoul National University
Best university ranking72
Country mean scores in PISA math test537.48
Country mean scores in PISA reading test535.79
Country mean scores in PISA science test537.79
PISA math ranking (high school)6
PISA ranking7
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.94
PISA reading (high school)6
PISA science (high school)10
Percent of happy students0.60
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.07
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.31
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12
University quality [score]0.44

Environmental Quality

7
94/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.60
Cleanliness [score]0.84
Drinking water quality [score]0.70
Urban greenery [score]0.81

Economy

6
111/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1136.40
Currency for urban areaKRW
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.54
GDP per capita$35277.35
GDP per capita [score]0.57

Taxation

7
43/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.74
Income tax level [score]0.57
Profit tax (% of profit)0.33
Time overhead to file company taxes188
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

9
8/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)44.73
Internet access (download) [score]0.73
Internet access (upload) [score]1.00
Upload speed (Mbps)44.42

Leisure & Culture

8
28/264
Details
Art galleries237
Art galleries [score]0.80
Cinemas176
Cinemas [score]0.85
Comedy clubs115
Comedy clubs [score]0.78
Concert venues210
Concerts [score]0.55
Historical sites218
Historical sites [score]0.84
Museums235
Museums [score]0.80
Performing art venues204
Performing arts [score]0.88
Sport venues149
Sports [score]0.86
Zoos55
Zoos [score]0.86

Tolerance

5
213/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.39
LGBT Equality Index45.51
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.44
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples 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✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.65

Outdoors

6
50/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.29
Median peak in meters742.90
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)42.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Seoul are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 250 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)

$1,400$2,000
$1700
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$59
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$22
Monthly public transport$55
Lunch$7
-17%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Seoul are above average. For this job type, Seoul ranks 116th 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 Seoul.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$46,980
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

1.10
Guns per 100 people
0.08
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Seoul in position 49 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Seoul

Population of Seoul

21,646,200
2,476 /km²
47/264
Density (people per unit of area)
5%
Growth in 2015-2020
Seoul

Demographics of South Korea

Median age
41
Elderly people
14%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$35,277
159/262
Unemployment
4%
23/263

Languages

English proficiency score
55
166/228
Common spoken languages
Korean

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Teleport Users  X  Seoul

Teleport users who are      Seoul

Work in:

Software Engineer
8.64%
Founder
6.14%
Marketing Manager
4.80%
Teacher
3.07%
UX Designer
2.88%
Web Designer
2.69%
Data Scientist
1.92%
Other
69.87%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

250

Climate type

Hot Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Seoul

3:26 KOREA TIMELAPSE - Fantastic SEOUL

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On living in Seoul


Seoul (서울) is the capital of South Korea. With a municipal population of over 10.5 million, and a metropolitan population totaling over 20.5 million, Seoul is by far South Korea's largest city and one of East Asia's financial and cultural centers. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a dynamic trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism, extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts, contradictions, and paradoxes.

Administratively, Seoul is divided into 25 districts (구 gu), each with an area and population comparable to a small city. The districts are then further subdivided into 522 sub-districts (동 dong). The Han river splits the city into two halves: Gangbuk (강북), the northern, more historical half, and Gangnam (강남), the southern, wealthier and more modern half. The sheer size of the city means that travelers to Seoul will find it difficult to locate a true "center" of Seoul; instead, Seoul is almost more like a collection of cities that happen to be bunched together, each with their own central business and commercial districts. The two largest core ares are Jongno/Jung in the north, and Gangnam in the south. For travelers with more time, there are many more, smaller centers and districts to be explored, such as the island of Yeoui-do and the college district of Hongdae/Sinchon. For the typical traveler, it would be useful to divide the city into the following areas:

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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

South Korea
32nd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

29th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

92nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

83rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

72nd

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

32nd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

30th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

28th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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