Wellington

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
177/265
Details
Large apartment$1600.00
Medium apartment$1300.00
Rent index [score]0.64
Small apartment$1000.00

Cost of Living

4
191/250
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$4.60
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.44
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$43.00
Monthly public transport$88.00
Movie ticket$8.40
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.83

Startups

3
227/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co55
Meetups [score]0.49
Meetups groups145
Meetups members37721
Number of investors3
Number of startup events in the last 12 months262
Number of upcoming meetup events49
Startup climate scene [score]0.24
Startup events40
Startup events [score]0.57
Startups [score]0.41
Total number of startups60

Venture Capital

3
137/221
Details
Funding accelerator namesLightningLab
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.31

Travel Connectivity

1
257/265
Details
Airport hub21
Airport hub [score]0.17

Commute

6
14/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.91

Business Freedom

10
1/263
Details
Business freedom91.40
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption91.00
Freedom from corruption [score]1.00
Lack of labor restrictions85.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.90
Time to open a business0.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

8
81/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.75
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents23
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.97
Lack of guns [score]0.89
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.93

Healthcare

8
53/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.75
Healthcare quality [score]0.79
Life expectancy (years)81.64
Life expectancy [score]0.90

Education

5
96/239
Details
Best university in rankingVictoria University of Wellington
Best university ranking375
Country mean scores in PISA math test498.76
Country mean scores in PISA reading test512.19
Country mean scores in PISA science test515.64
PISA math ranking (high school)18
PISA ranking12
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.85
PISA reading (high school)9
PISA science (high school)11
Percent of happy students0.78
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.23
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.16
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.14
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.13
University quality [score]0.11

Environmental Quality

10
5/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.99
Cleanliness [score]0.92
Drinking water quality [score]0.98
Urban greenery [score]0.94

Economy

6
114/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.36
Currency for urban areaNZD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.53
GDP per capita$35151.75
GDP per capita [score]0.57

Taxation

6
57/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.72
Income tax level [score]0.50
Profit tax (% of profit)0.34
Time overhead to file company taxes152
VAT (Sales Tax)0.15

Internet Access

5
173/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)28.05
Internet access (download) [score]0.57
Internet access (upload) [score]0.38
Upload speed (Mbps)7.95

Leisure & Culture

5
194/264
Details
Art galleries64
Art galleries [score]0.45
Cinemas22
Cinemas [score]0.33
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.49
Concert venues29
Concerts [score]0.25
Historical sites19
Historical sites [score]0.32
Museums33
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues70
Performing arts [score]0.46
Sport venues28
Sports [score]0.50
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.69

Tolerance

8
74/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index92.72
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.95
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
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 rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.64

Outdoors

7
16/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.41
Median peak in meters1226.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)35.00
Water access [score]0.93
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Wellington are in the 191st place of all 250 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)

$1,100$1,500
$1300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$43
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$52
Monthly public transport$88
Lunch$11
-23%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Wellington are above average. For this job type, Wellington ranks 90th 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 Wellington.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$53,756
Median salary
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Locals review Wellington

Do locals recommend living in Wellington?

What could Wellington do better?#improveWellington

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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

18%
For annual salary of $40000
25%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

15%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

60/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

65/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

22.60
Guns per 100 people
1.07
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Wellington in position 76 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

Required with citizenship of

Startup Visa

Entrepreneur Work Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo3 years
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People in Wellington

Population of Wellington

586,500
312 /km²
234/264
Density (people per unit of area)
4%
Growth in 2015-2020
Wellington

Demographics of New Zealand

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$35,152
160/262
Unemployment
5%
134/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

Friends living in Wellington

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Teleport Users  X  Wellington

Teleport users who are      Wellington

Work in:

Software Engineer
9.80%
Project Manager
3.92%
Operations Manager
2.94%
Web Developer
2.94%
Product Manager
2.45%
Teacher
2.45%
Graphic Designer
2.45%
Other
73.04%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

180

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Wellington

Wellington (Māori: Te Whanganui-a-Tara) is the capital and third largest city of New Zealand. It also has the distinction of being the world's southernmost capital city.

The Windy City is on the foreshore of Wellington Harbour and ringed by hills, providing the scenic home of many of New Zealand's national arts and cultural attractions.

Wellington (pop. 203,800) is New Zealand's third largest city, a long way behind Auckland and even Christchurch. It's actually just one of the four cities making up the Wellington metropolitan area which is New Zealand's second largest urban area (pop. 398,300) - the other three cities are Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua. There are proposals to merge the four cities into one as was done in Auckland, but there is considerable opposition, especially from the two Hutts. Wellington became New Zealand's capital city in 1865, replacing Auckland; the government wanted a more centrally-located city as capital to quell the South Island nationalist movement.

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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

New Zealand
14th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

19th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

31st

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

31st

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

26th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

28th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

6th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

14th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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