Tartu

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Quality of life in Tartu

By Merilin Jürjo

Tartu is a true student town and home to Estonia's oldest university. Its academic atmosphere and high concentration of bright minds makes it a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. With safe and tolerant environment, the city takes pride in its urban greenery, easy transit and excellent healthcare, all contributing to a high quality of life at a reasonable cost.

Tartu is one of the top ten city matches for 8.9% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
39/263
Details
Large apartment$620.56
Medium apartment$505.22
Rent index [score]0.92
Small apartment$389.88

Cost of Living

8
64/261
Details
5km taxi ride$6.10
A Cappuccino$2.40
A beer$1.30
A kilogram of Apples$1.10
Bread$0.28
Inflation [score]0.77
Lunch$6.60
Monthly fitness club membership$52.00
Monthly public transport$15.00
Movie ticket$6.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$48.82

Startups

2
233/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.10
Meetups groups1
Meetups members102
Number of investors3
Number of startup events in the last 12 months7
Number of upcoming meetup events1
Startup climate scene [score]0.23
Startup events1
Startup events [score]0.10
Startups [score]0.39
Total number of startups54

Venture Capital

2
218/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesbuildit
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.15

Travel Connectivity

1
214/260
Details
Airport hub1
Airport hub [score]0.10
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.18

Commute

6
8/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.94

Business Freedom

8
142/259
Details
Business freedom79.00
Business freedom [score]0.75
Freedom from corruption69.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.72
Lack of labor restrictions57.20
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.40
Time to open a business3.50
Time to open a business [score]0.98

Safety

10
10/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.95
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents9
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.93
Lack of guns [score]0.96
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

8
41/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.91
Healthcare quality [score]0.93
Life expectancy (years)77.56
Life expectancy [score]0.65

Education

5
67/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Tartu
Best university ranking325
Country mean scores in PISA math test524.66
Country mean scores in PISA reading test516.29
Country mean scores in PISA science test541.40
PISA math ranking (high school)7
PISA ranking6
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.95
PISA reading (high school)10
PISA science (high school)5
Percent of happy students0.66
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.05
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.13
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

10
4/264
Details
Air quality [score]1.00
Cleanliness [score]0.86
Drinking water quality [score]1.00
Urban greenery [score]1.00

Economy

4
190/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.40
GDP per capita$26998.78
GDP per capita [score]0.44

Taxation

5
90/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.46
Income tax level [score]0.62
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes84
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

4
174/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)16.82
Internet access (download) [score]0.40
Internet access (upload) [score]0.48
Upload speed (Mbps)10.98

Leisure & Culture

4
220/263
Details
Art galleries28
Art galleries [score]0.38
Cinemas20
Cinemas [score]0.38
Comedy clubs36
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues30
Concerts [score]0.47
Historical sites22
Historical sites [score]0.32
Museums33
Museums [score]0.51
Performing art venues31
Performing arts [score]0.47
Sport venues4
Sports [score]0.32
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.52

Tolerance

6
140/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index76.01
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.78
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
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 legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rightsOther type of partnership
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.45

Outdoors

4
202/260
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)43.00
Water access [score]0.70
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Tartu are in the 64th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Tartu will very likely decrease 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)

$514$727
$621
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$52
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$21
Monthly public transport$15
Lunch$7
-51%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$30,422
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

9.20
Guns per 100 people
2.67
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Tartu in position 17 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Tartu

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Other Type Of Partnership

Adoption

Single Only

Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

236

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Tartu

Tartu (formerly known as Dorpat or Yuryev) is the second largest city in Estonia with a population of 100,000. It is a Hanseatic city and a university town. It is the oldest city in Estonia, dating back to 1030.

Tartu is 185 km south-east of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, flows for 10 km within the city limits.

Since Tartu is a student town, English is widely understood. As usual, the older people are more likely to only speak Estonian and Russian; however most can understand English if you speak clearly.

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