Warsaw

Quality of life in Warsaw

By Adam Stasiak

Warsaw, a unique blend of the old and new, is comprised of 18 districts, each with their distinctive characteristics. Warsaw's widely varied architecture reflects its tumultuous history and adds to a vibrant cultural scene - both classical and underground. Its history, cuisine and quality of life have made Warsaw an increasingly popular destination and its reasonable cost of living adds to the charm.

Warsaw is one of the top ten city matches for 10.6% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

8
77/265
Details
Large apartment$910.00
Medium apartment$720.00
Rent index [score]0.85
Small apartment$530.00

Cost of Living

9
38/250
Details
5km taxi ride$3.90
A Cappuccino$2.40
A beer$0.89
A kilogram of Apples$0.73
Bread$0.49
Inflation [score]0.85
Lunch$6.40
Monthly fitness club membership$32.00
Monthly public transport$26.00
Movie ticket$6.80
Price of a meal at a restaurant$35.94

Startups

6
58/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups15
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.51
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co8
Meetups [score]0.62
Meetups groups170
Meetups members76259
Number of investors49
Number of startup events in the last 12 months218
Number of upcoming meetup events50
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events16
Startup events [score]0.41
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups240

Venture Capital

5
71/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesOrange Fab Poland
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.51

Travel Connectivity

4
94/265
Details
Airport hub94
Airport hub [score]0.45
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.33

Commute

5
90/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Poland/Warsaw
Traffic handling [score]0.68

Business Freedom

6
203/263
Details
Business freedom68.70
Business freedom [score]0.53
Freedom from corruption61.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.60
Lack of labor restrictions58.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.42
Time to open a business37.00
Time to open a business [score]0.57

Safety

9
27/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.83
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

7
131/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.65
Life expectancy (years)77.52
Life expectancy [score]0.65

Education

5
101/239
Details
Best university in rankingWarsaw University of Technology
Best university ranking550
Country mean scores in PISA math test518.54
Country mean scores in PISA reading test518.19
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.82
PISA math ranking (high school)15
PISA ranking14
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.83
PISA reading (high school)10
PISA science (high school)17
Percent of happy students0.68
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

7
138/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.40
Cleanliness [score]0.67
Drinking water quality [score]0.73
Urban greenery [score]0.80

Economy

5
158/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area3.99
Currency for urban areaPLN
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.54
GDP per capita$25105.40
GDP per capita [score]0.41

Taxation

5
100/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.61
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.40
Time overhead to file company taxes271
VAT (Sales Tax)0.23

Internet Access

5
141/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)18.60
Internet access (download) [score]0.44
Internet access (upload) [score]0.66
Upload speed (Mbps)17.10

Leisure & Culture

7
57/264
Details
Art galleries49
Art galleries [score]0.74
Cinemas39
Cinemas [score]0.62
Comedy clubs66
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues51
Concerts [score]0.77
Historical sites82
Historical sites [score]0.70
Museums52
Museums [score]0.75
Performing art venues72
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues61
Sports [score]0.64
Zoos30
Zoos [score]0.79

Tolerance

5
212/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.42
LGBT Equality Index47.97
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.47
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
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]0.63

Outdoors

5
110/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.12
Median peak in meters99.25
Urban area elevation (meters)138.00
Water access [score]0.87
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Warsaw are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Poland. Moving to Warsaw 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)

$450$610
$530
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$32
Movie ticket$7
Broadband internet connection$11
Monthly public transport$26
Lunch$6
-60%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Warsaw are below average. For this job type, Warsaw ranks 172nd 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 Warsaw.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$32,328
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

1.30
Guns per 100 people
0.26
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Warsaw in position 50 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Warsaw, Poland

1, Goplanska Street, 02-954

Phone: (+48-22) 88 55 410

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People in Warsaw

Population of Warsaw

4,305,300
398 /km²
211/264
Density (people per unit of area)
2%
Growth in 2015-2020
Warsaw

Demographics of Poland

Median age
40
Elderly people
16%
Life expectancy at birth
78
GDP per capita (in USD)
$25,105
184/262
Unemployment
11%
225/263

Languages

English proficiency score
61
131/228
Common spoken languages
Polish

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Teleport users who are      Warsaw

Work in:

Software Engineer
10.18%
Marketing Manager
8.41%
Founder
6.19%
Web Developer
2.65%
Product Manager
2.65%
Teacher
2.65%
Graphic Designer
2.65%
Other
64.60%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Warsaw

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On living in Warsaw

Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, its largest city. It's on the River Vistula (Polish: Wisła), roughly equidistant (350 km, 217 mi) from the Baltic Sea (Bałtyk) in the north and the Carpathian Mountains (Karpaty) in the south.

Warsaw's history of rapid development after many wars that ravaged and destroyed the city has earned it a reputation as a "phoenix city", able to recreate itself from the ruins and regain its erstwhile glory every time. During the Second World War, it suffered a fate similar to Rotterdam and Dresden in that it was almost completely razed, although in the case of Warsaw it was a much more tragic story of successive destruction and defeat. Due to the great efforts of its surviving inhabitants and, indeed the entire nation, it was rebuilt from a field of rubble, with its historic core recreated, but much of its heritage was lost. Warsaw also had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, which for the most part perished during the war, making Warsaw an important place of Holocaust remembrance.

Today, Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and one of the European Union's fastest-developing capitals and the Union's ninth most populous urban centre. It has a mixture of new and old in its eclectic architectural mix, and is constantly changing. While sprawling, it is quite easy to navigate for tourists thanks to a good public transit system, and most important sights are quite close to each other. There is no shortage of accommodation options and a wide choice of restaurants and bars. Warsaw's nightlife is also on the rebound, and a reborn cafe culture has taken over the city. There is a large variety of museums, galleries and other tourist attractions, and there is always something happening throughout the year.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Poland
28th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

30th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

53rd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

46th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

89th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

19th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

31st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

50th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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