Utrecht

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
180/265
Details
Large apartment$1428.53
Medium apartment$1140.15
Rent index [score]0.63
Small apartment$851.77

Cost of Living

5
163/263
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$1.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.53
Inflation [score]0.50
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$30.00
Monthly public transport$85.00
Movie ticket$9.80
Price of a meal at a restaurant$82.44

Startups

4
155/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.24
Coworking spaces [score]0.69
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.78
Meetups groups195
Meetups members129026
Number of investors6
Number of startup events in the last 12 months135
Number of upcoming meetup events55
Startup climate scene [score]0.45
Startup events20
Startup events17
Startup events [score]0.46
Startups [score]0.53
Total number of startups104

Venture Capital

2
200/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.21

Travel Connectivity

8
13/265
Details
Airport hub237
Airport hub [score]0.98
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.57

Commute

6
19/261
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Netherlands/Utrecht
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
64/263
Details
Business freedom80.00
Business freedom [score]0.77
Freedom from corruption83.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.92
Lack of labor restrictions64.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.52
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

9
15/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.89
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents4
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.99
Lack of guns [score]0.98
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.99

Healthcare

9
11/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.98
Life expectancy (years)81.86
Life expectancy [score]0.91

Education

6
43/239
Details
Best university in rankingUtrecht University
Best university ranking86
Country mean scores in PISA math test531.84
Country mean scores in PISA reading test511.23
Country mean scores in PISA science test522.06
PISA math ranking (high school)10
PISA ranking10
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)12
PISA science (high school)13
Percent of happy students0.81
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.19
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.12
University quality [score]0.26

Environmental Quality

8
60/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.80
Drinking water quality [score]0.94
Urban greenery [score]0.78

Economy

5
146/262
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.25
GDP per capita$47354.53
GDP per capita [score]0.76

Taxation

5
136/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes119
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

7
34/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)44.06
Internet access (download) [score]0.71
Internet access (upload) [score]0.69
Upload speed (Mbps)19.98

Leisure & Culture

5
184/264
Details
Art galleries135
Art galleries [score]0.45
Cinemas70
Cinemas [score]0.60
Comedy clubs36
Comedy clubs [score]0.60
Concert venues128
Concerts [score]0.55
Historical sites55
Historical sites [score]0.57
Museums65
Museums [score]0.50
Performing art venues156
Performing arts [score]0.64
Sport venues16
Sports [score]0.18
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.35

Tolerance

10
7/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index97.37
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.91

Outdoors

5
127/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters54.80
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)12.00
Water access [score]0.83
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Utrecht are in the 163rd place of all 263 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)

$997$1,283
$1140
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$30
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$23
Monthly public transport$85
Lunch$15
-26%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Utrecht are above average. For this job type, Utrecht ranks 131st 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 Utrecht.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$42,761
Median salary
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Locals review Utrecht

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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

3.90
Guns per 100 people
0.58
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Utrecht in position 37 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Parmentierplein 1, 3088 GN Rotterdam, Netherlands

Phone: -

Embassy of Netherlands in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street of Ministry of Interior, Malalai Watt, Kabul, Afghanistan , Shar-e Naw

Phone: +93 (0) 700 286 641

Startup Visa

Residence permit for startups
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoNo1 year
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People in Utrecht

Population of Utrecht

290,529
1,424 /km²
94/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Utrecht

Demographics of Netherlands

Median age
43
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$47,355
80/262
Unemployment
7%
175/263

Languages

English proficiency score
72
99/228
Common spoken languages
Dutch

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Software Engineer
9.66%
Marketing Manager
5.68%
Graphic Designer
3.98%
Project Manager
3.41%
Content Marketing
3.41%
Research Scientist
3.41%
Web Developer
2.84%
Other
67.61%

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On living in Utrecht

Utrecht is a central Dutch city with a long history. With 300,000 inhabitants it’s the fourth largest city in the Netherlands.

The history of the city goes back to 47 AD when the Roman emperor Claudius ordered his general Corbulo to build a defensive line along the river Rhine which was the northern most border of the empire. One of the strongholds (or Castella) along the river was built at a crossing in the river and was called Traiectum (which means crossingplace). In the local language this became Trecht, Uut-Trecht (lower-Trecht) and later Utrecht. On the place where once the castellum stood now stands the Domchurch built in the 13th century.

Utrecht is known as a student city with a large population of single young people. This results in a booming nightlife with many places to have a quick meal, some drinks or a dance.

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