Taipei

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
91/263
Details
Large apartment$1096.71
Medium apartment$822.23
Rent index [score]0.82
Small apartment$547.74

Cost of Living

6
108/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.10
A Cappuccino$3.50
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$3.40
Bread$0.67
Inflation [score]0.56
Lunch$4.40
Monthly fitness club membership$61.00
Monthly public transport$41.00
Movie ticket$9.20
Price of a meal at a restaurant$31.32

Startups

5
93/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups8
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.38
Coworking spaces [score]0.48
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co24
Meetups [score]0.36
Meetups groups85
Meetups members32970
Number of investors57
Number of startup events in the last 12 months60
Number of upcoming meetup events28
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events3
Startup events4
Startup events [score]0.21
Startups [score]0.66
Total number of startups138

Venture Capital

5
75/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.45

Travel Connectivity

3
147/260
Details
Airport hub109
Airport hub [score]0.50

Commute

5
64/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Taiwan/Taipei
Traffic handling [score]0.79

Business Freedom

8
135/259
Details
Business freedom93.20
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption61.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.61
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
4/264
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

6
207/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.84
Healthcare quality [score]0.92

Education

1
218/230
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
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
147/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.50
Cleanliness [score]0.70
Drinking water quality [score]0.60
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

7
11/258
Details
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
30/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.71
Income tax level [score]0.73
Profit tax (% of profit)0.34
Time overhead to file company taxes221
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

6
93/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)25.77
Internet access (download) [score]0.54
Internet access (upload) [score]0.66
Upload speed (Mbps)17.58

Leisure & Culture

7
57/263
Details
Art galleries112
Art galleries [score]0.81
Cinemas61
Cinemas [score]0.58
Comedy clubs44
Comedy clubs [score]0.65
Concert venues40
Concerts [score]0.53
Historical sites84
Historical sites [score]0.72
Museums92
Museums [score]0.75
Performing art venues33
Performing arts [score]0.49
Sport venues63
Sports [score]0.52
Zoos24
Zoos [score]0.79

Tolerance

4
240/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index66.10
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.67
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]0.10

Outdoors

6
51/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.25
Median peak in meters513.99
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)16.00
Water access [score]0.90
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Taipei are in the 108th 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)

$590$1,054
$822
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$61
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$24
Monthly public transport$41
Lunch$4
-34%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Taipei are below average. For this job type, Taipei ranks 204th 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 Taipei.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$28,020
Median salary
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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 9 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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