Singapore

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Quality of life in Singapore

Singapore is the futuristic bridge between East and West. It is an attractive site for startups, offering access to capital and a highly qualified workforce. When it comes to culture, the city is a dense mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay as well as Western influences. Despite Singapore’s high urban density, it remains as one of the greenest cities in the world—nearly half of its compact land area is filled with lush greenery.

Singapore is one of the top ten city matches for 38.9% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
255/263
Details
Large apartment$2883.23
Medium apartment$2323.01
Rent index [score]0.13
Small apartment$1762.79

Cost of Living

4
225/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.00
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$4.20
A kilogram of Apples$2.90
Bread$0.82
Inflation [score]0.38
Lunch$9.10
Monthly fitness club membership$95.00
Monthly public transport$72.00
Movie ticket$7.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$59.70

Startups

9
13/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups69
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.89
Coworking spaces [score]0.68
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co15
Meetups [score]0.78
Meetups groups200
Meetups members117627
Number of investors788
Number of startup events in the last 12 months4553
Number of upcoming meetup events131
Startup climate scene [score]0.86
Startup events269
Startup events297
Startup events [score]0.95
Startups [score]0.93
Total number of startups1124

Venture Capital

9
17/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesJFDI.Asia
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.86

Travel Connectivity

3
130/260
Details
Airport hub134
Airport hub [score]0.60

Commute

5
97/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Singapore/Singapore
Traffic handling [score]0.57

Business Freedom

10
6/259
Details
Business freedom95.00
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption84.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.93
Lack of labor restrictions90.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.99
Time to open a business2.50
Time to open a business [score]0.99

Safety

10
3/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.99
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
90/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.51
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)83.11
Life expectancy [score]0.98

Education

8
8/230
Details
Best university in rankingNational University of Singapore
Best university ranking24
Country mean scores in PISA math test568.65
Country mean scores in PISA reading test542.22
Country mean scores in PISA science test551.49
PISA math ranking (high school)1
PISA ranking1
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)2
PISA science (high school)2
Percent of happy students0.87
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.40
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.21
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.23
University quality [score]0.64

Environmental Quality

8
70/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.67
Cleanliness [score]0.87
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.78

Economy

7
3/258
Details
Currency for urban areaSGD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.50
GDP per capita$82762.15
GDP per capita [score]1.00

Taxation

10
4/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.99
Income tax level [score]1.00
Profit tax (% of profit)0.19
Time overhead to file company taxes67
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

7
37/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)16.63
Internet access (download) [score]0.39
Internet access (upload) [score]1.00
Upload speed (Mbps)63.88

Leisure & Culture

8
38/263
Details
Art galleries203
Art galleries [score]0.96
Cinemas157
Cinemas [score]0.95
Comedy clubs124
Comedy clubs [score]0.85
Concert venues220
Concerts [score]0.86
Historical sites120
Historical sites [score]0.79
Museums115
Museums [score]0.77
Performing art venues135
Performing arts [score]0.87
Sport venues163
Sports [score]0.83
Zoos74
Zoos [score]0.99

Tolerance

2
263/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index28.57
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.28
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
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✔ Male illegal, female legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.10

Outdoors

6
47/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.25
Median peak in meters510.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)15.00
Water access [score]0.91
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Singapore are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Singapore will very likely increase 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)

$1,773$2,873
$2323
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$95
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$37
Monthly public transport$72
Lunch$9
-19%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Singapore are above average. For this job type, Singapore ranks 95th 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 Singapore.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$53,612
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.50
Guns per 100 people
0.16
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Singapore in position 7 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Startup Visa

EntrePass
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo1 year
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People in Singapore

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LGBT rights in Singapore

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Not Legal

Adoption

Illegal

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

147

Climate type

Tropical Rainforest

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Singapore

4:42 The Lion City II - Majulah

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On living in Singapore

Singapore (Chinese: 新加坡; Malay: Singapura; Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர்) is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts one of the world's busiest ports. The food is legendary, with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering affordable food from all parts of Asia. Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, with tasty food, good shopping and a vibrant nightlife scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region.

The country has a partly deserved reputation for sterile predictability that has earned it descriptions like William Gibson's "Disneyland with the death penalty" or the "world's only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations". Nevertheless, the Switzerland of Asia is for many a welcome respite from the poverty, dirt and corruption of much of the Asian mainland. If you scratch below the squeaky clean surface and get away from the tourist trail you'll soon find more than meets the eye.

Singapore is a small country on a small island, but with just over five million people it is a fairly crowded city and in fact second only to Monaco as the world's most densely populated country. However, unlike many other densely populated countries, Singapore has over 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves, it is an enchanting garden city. Large self-contained residential towns mushroomed all over the island, around the clean and modern city centre. The centre of the city is located in the south and consists roughly of the Orchard Road shopping area, the Riverside, the new Marina Bay area and also the skyscraper-filled Shenton Way financial district. All of this is known in acronym-loving Singapore as the CBD (Central Business District) or, more simply, just town.

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