Taipei

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
78/265
Details
Large apartment$1100.00
Medium apartment$760.00
Rent index [score]0.82
Small apartment$450.00

Cost of Living

6
117/245
Details
5km taxi ride$4.70
A Cappuccino$2.70
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$3.60
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.59
Lunch$4.50
Monthly fitness club membership$59.00
Monthly public transport$37.00
Movie ticket$9.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$32.57

Startups

5
81/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups6
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.44
Coworking spaces [score]0.52
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co24
Meetups [score]0.39
Meetups groups94
Meetups members44525
Number of investors57
Number of startup events in the last 12 months65
Number of upcoming meetup events32
Startup climate scene [score]0.57
Startup events7
Startup events [score]0.30
Startups [score]0.65
Total number of startups135

Venture Capital

5
60/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.55

Travel Connectivity

3
153/265
Details
Airport hub109
Airport hub [score]0.50

Commute

5
87/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Taiwan/Taipei
Traffic handling [score]0.68

Business Freedom

8
140/263
Details
Business freedom93.20
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption61.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.60
Lack of labor restrictions53.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.34
Time to open a business10.00
Time to open a business [score]0.90

Safety

10
5/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.98
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.98
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

3
245/264
Details
Healthcare quality [score]0.89

Education

6
42/239
Details
Best university in rankingNational Taiwan University
Best university ranking195
Country mean scores in PISA math test543.48
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test523.31
PISA math ranking (high school)3
PISA ranking5
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.97
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)4
Percent of happy students0.86
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.13
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.37
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.08
University quality [score]0.15

Environmental Quality

6
140/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.51
Cleanliness [score]0.76
Drinking water quality [score]0.61
Urban greenery [score]0.67

Economy

7
11/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area30.19
Currency for urban areaTWD
GDP growth rate0.04
GDP growth rate [score]0.59
GDP per capita$45853.74
GDP per capita [score]0.73

Taxation

7
20/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.71
Income tax level [score]0.74
Profit tax (% of profit)0.34
Time overhead to file company taxes221
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

6
91/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.95
Internet access (download) [score]0.56
Internet access (upload) [score]0.67
Upload speed (Mbps)17.46

Leisure & Culture

7
57/264
Details
Art galleries99
Art galleries [score]0.73
Cinemas63
Cinemas [score]0.58
Comedy clubs44
Comedy clubs [score]0.66
Concert venues38
Concerts [score]0.54
Historical sites81
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums90
Museums [score]0.73
Performing art venues61
Performing arts [score]0.52
Sport venues64
Sports [score]0.52
Zoos34
Zoos [score]0.81

Tolerance

8
59/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index66.10
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.66
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
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]1.00

Outdoors

6
53/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.23
Median peak in meters515.11
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)16.00
Water access [score]0.89
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Taipei are in the 117th place of all 245 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)

$770$1,400
$1100
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$59
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$24
Monthly public transport$37
Lunch$5
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Taipei are below average. For this job type, Taipei ranks 190th 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 Taipei.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$29,981
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

10%
For annual salary of $40000
16%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

5%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

17/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

70/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.96
Guns per 100 people
0.87
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Taipei in position 11 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Taipei

Population of Taipei

9,299,300
2,612 /km²
43/264
Density (people per unit of area)
2%
Growth in 2015-2020
Taipei

Demographics of Taiwan

Median age
40
Elderly people
13%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$45,854
107/262
Unemployment
4%
24/263

Languages

English proficiency score
53
186/228

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Teleport Users  X  Taipei

Teleport users who are      Taipei

Work in:

Software Engineer
8.16%
Founder
7.91%
Web Developer
5.87%
Marketing Manager
5.36%
Product Manager
2.81%
Systems Administrator
2.55%
Operations Manager
2.30%
Other
65.05%

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LGBT rights in Taipei

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

161

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Taipei

Taipei (台北 or 臺北; Táiběi) is the national capital of the Republic of China, otherwise known as Taiwan. Sitting in the northern part of the island in a basin between the Yangming Mountains and the Central Mountains, Taipei serves as the island's financial, cultural, and governmental center. The city is a tantalizing mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, vibrant in its own right yet unhurried by global standards. Besides the architectural and cultural landmarks like Taipei 101 and Longshan Temple, the xiaochi (small snacks) in bustling night markets are an experience not to be forgotten by your stomach. The capital is also a great jumping off point for day trips to hot springs, old mining towns and national parks around the Northern Taiwan area.

Taipei is mostly built up and in various phases of growth and disrepair, though a park is never far away, especially in the more suburban areas. The downtown area is culturally divided into East and West. The west side, with its narrow streets and road side vendors, is considered the bastion of old Taipei life, whereas East Taipei, with its classy malls, chic boutiques, and stylish restaurants and cafes, reminiscent of those found in Tokyo, Paris or New York City represents its metamorphosis into a modern and international city.

The Greater Taipei metropolitan area beyond Taipei City boundaries includes the surrounding New Taipei City (新北市) and Keelung (基隆市), representing the largest urban cluster in Taiwan with nearly 7 million people, though run by three different government authorities.

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