Shanghai

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Quality of life in Shanghai

Shanghai, China, is among the leading cities with a higher number of accelerators or available funding. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in cost of living, safety and leisure & culture.

Shanghai is one of the top ten city matches for 3.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
177/263
Details
Large apartment$1537.95
Medium apartment$1142.19
Rent index [score]0.62
Small apartment$746.42

Cost of Living

7
81/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.00
A Cappuccino$4.70
A beer$0.94
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.70
Lunch$7.00
Monthly fitness club membership$51.00
Monthly public transport$30.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$39.64

Startups

6
63/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups13
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.48
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.38
Meetups groups100
Meetups members26758
Number of investors209
Number of startup events in the last 12 months110
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.71
Startup events11
Startup events15
Startup events [score]0.39
Startups [score]0.72
Total number of startups448

Venture Capital

10
9/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesChinaccelerator
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.95

Travel Connectivity

6
29/260
Details
Airport hub177
Airport hub [score]0.76
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.52

Commute

5
170/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/China/Shanghai
Traffic handling [score]0.47

Business Freedom

4
237/259
Details
Business freedom54.20
Business freedom [score]0.24
Freedom from corruption36.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.25
Lack of labor restrictions62.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.49
Time to open a business28.00
Time to open a business [score]0.69

Safety

9
43/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.78
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.97

Healthcare

6
182/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.68
Healthcare quality [score]0.62
Life expectancy (years)76.07
Life expectancy [score]0.56

Education

6
33/230
Details
Best university in rankingFudan University
Best university ranking155
Country mean scores in PISA math test590.90
Country mean scores in PISA reading test569.59
Country mean scores in PISA science test580.12
PISA math ranking (high school)2
PISA ranking2
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)1
PISA science (high school)1
Percent of happy students0.84
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.04
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.03
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.03
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.55
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.25
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.27
University quality [score]0.23

Environmental Quality

3
242/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.14
Cleanliness [score]0.44
Drinking water quality [score]0.17
Urban greenery [score]0.37

Economy

6
83/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCNY
GDP growth rate0.07
GDP growth rate [score]1.00
GDP per capita$12879.85
GDP per capita [score]0.22

Taxation

2
258/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.11
Income tax level [score]0.21
Profit tax (% of profit)0.68
Time overhead to file company taxes263

Internet Access

4
196/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)8.00
Internet access (download) [score]0.19
Internet access (upload) [score]0.53
Upload speed (Mbps)12.53

Leisure & Culture

7
95/263
Details
Art galleries101
Art galleries [score]0.75
Cinemas238
Cinemas [score]0.48
Comedy clubs43
Comedy clubs [score]0.75
Concert venues76
Concerts [score]0.53
Historical sites157
Historical sites [score]0.71
Museums171
Museums [score]0.62
Performing art venues66
Performing arts [score]0.55
Sport venues91
Sports [score]0.55
Zoos31
Zoos [score]0.73

Tolerance

4
249/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.21
LGBT Equality Index32.33
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.32
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite 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✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.40

Outdoors

6
48/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.31
Median peak in meters720.10
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)10.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Shanghai are in the 81st place 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)

$772$1,513
$1142
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$51
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$18
Monthly public transport$30
Lunch$7
-45%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Shanghai are above average. For this job type, Shanghai ranks 86th 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 Shanghai.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$55,507
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.96
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 Shanghai in position 58 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Beijing, China

No. 8 Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie, Chao Yang District, 00600

Phone: +86-10-6532-1582

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People in Shanghai

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.6

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Shanghai

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On living in Shanghai

Shanghai (上海 Shànghǎi) is the largest and most developed city in China, the country's main center for finance and fashion, and one of the world's most populous and important cities.

Shanghai has existed for centuries but grew enormously after it became a major center of the China trade in the 1840s. By the early 20th century, Shanghai was the largest and most prosperous city in the Far East, and one of the wildest. With the opening up of China in the past few decades, Shanghai has regained much of its former glory and has surpassed it in many ways; the pace of development in recent years has been absolutely furious. Today, Shanghai is back to being one of the largest and most prosperous cities in Asia, though not nearly as wild as it once was. It is now a very attractive city for travellers from all over the world, and a major destination for both tourism and business. A Forbes article ranks Shanghai as the world's 14th most visited city, with 6.5 million visitors in 2012.

Shanghai is definitely a cosmopolitan city by Chinese standards, although it is less diverse than many western cities. The population was 23 million as of the 2010 census; 9 million (almost 40%) of those were migrants, people from elsewhere in China who have come to find work or to attend one of Shanghai's many educational institutions. There is also a substantial international contingent: 208,300 foreigners lived in Shanghai as of 2010, slightly over a third of the national total of 594,000. There are services that cater to these markets — restaurants with food from anywhere in China for the migrants (in particular, lots of good cheap Sichuan food and West-of-China noodles) and a good range of grocery stores, restaurants and bars that cater to the foreigners.

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