Zurich

Quality of life in Zurich

Zurich is one of the wealthiest but also one of the most expensive cities in Europe. It is a leader in the world's financial industry as well as an international hub for banking. Zurich is also the center for development and scientific research with two world-class universities within its boundaries. The city is extremely well-connected through public transport and offers an exceptionally high quality of life.

Zurich is one of the top ten city matches for 13.9% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

2
256/265
Details
Large apartment$2900.00
Medium apartment$2400.00
Rent index [score]0.25
Small apartment$1900.00

Cost of Living

1
246/250
Details
5km taxi ride$20.00
A Cappuccino$5.10
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$4.00
Bread$1.40
Inflation [score]0.10
Lunch$26.00
Monthly fitness club membership$94.00
Monthly public transport$90.00
Movie ticket$19.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$134.57

Startups

6
84/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups9
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.40
Coworking spaces [score]0.56
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.66
Meetups groups196
Meetups members62048
Number of investors101
Number of startup events in the last 12 months258
Number of upcoming meetup events83
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events40
Startup events [score]0.55
Startups [score]0.70
Total number of startups349

Venture Capital

6
59/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.59

Travel Connectivity

8
11/265
Details
Airport hub137
Airport hub [score]0.61
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.99

Commute

6
19/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.86

Business Freedom

9
59/263
Details
Business freedom82.20
Business freedom [score]0.81
Freedom from corruption86.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.96
Lack of labor restrictions72.10
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business10.00
Time to open a business [score]0.90

Safety

9
50/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.96
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year3
Guns per 100 residents46
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.92
Lack of guns [score]0.78
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.85

Healthcare

8
98/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.39
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)83.36
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

7
14/239
Details
Best university in rankingETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Best university ranking9
Country mean scores in PISA math test531.14
Country mean scores in PISA reading test509.04
Country mean scores in PISA science test515.30
PISA math ranking (high school)7
PISA ranking11
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.85
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)14
Percent of happy students0.86
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.12
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 test0.21
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.09
University quality [score]0.60

Environmental Quality

9
17/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.95
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.90
Urban greenery [score]0.76

Economy

7
12/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.01
Currency for urban areaCHF
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.39
GDP per capita$58087.21
GDP per capita [score]0.92

Taxation

7
44/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.82
Income tax level [score]0.49
Profit tax (% of profit)0.29
Time overhead to file company taxes63
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

7
67/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)41.59
Internet access (download) [score]0.70
Internet access (upload) [score]0.62
Upload speed (Mbps)15.37

Leisure & Culture

5
177/264
Details
Art galleries88
Art galleries [score]0.46
Cinemas89
Cinemas [score]0.46
Comedy clubs43
Comedy clubs [score]0.65
Concert venues123
Concerts [score]0.56
Historical sites99
Historical sites [score]0.44
Museums98
Museums [score]0.54
Performing art venues104
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues49
Sports [score]0.49
Zoos17
Zoos [score]0.79

Tolerance

9
24/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index81.79
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.83
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ 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✔ Civil unions
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.94

Outdoors

5
76/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.38
Median peak in meters1097.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)419.00
Water access [score]0.70
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Zürich are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Zürich will very likely increase 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)

$2,000$2,800
$2400
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$94
Movie ticket$19
Broadband internet connection$43
Monthly public transport$90
Lunch$26
+39%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Zurich are very high. For this job type, Zurich ranks 4th 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 Zurich.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$100,400
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

45.70
Guns per 100 people
3.08
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Zurich in position 15 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Geneva, Switzerland

23 Avenue de France, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Phone: +41 22,731 16 16,+41 22 732 44 89

Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UNOG in Geneva, Switzerland

23 Avenue de France, Geneva 1202, Switzerland

Phone: +41 22 731 16 16,+41 22 732 44 89

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People in Zurich

Population of Zurich

2,239,900
1,114 /km²
118/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Zurich

Demographics of Switzerland

Median age
42
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
83
GDP per capita (in USD)
$58,087
7/262
Unemployment
3%
16/263

Languages

English proficiency score
60
138/228
Common spoken languages
German
French
Italian

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Teleport Users  X  Zurich

Teleport users who are      Zurich

Work in:

Software Engineer
12.93%
Marketing Manager
5.86%
Project Manager
3.33%
Founder
3.03%
Web Developer
2.93%
Product Manager
2.83%
IT Manager
2.53%
Other
66.57%

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Climate

Average annual percent chance of sunshine

36

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Zurich

2:51 Zurich by Night

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On living in Zurich

Zurich (German: Zürich, Swiss German: Züri) is the largest city in Switzerland, with a population of some 400,000 in the city proper and 1.2 million in the agglomeration area. Zurich is on Lake Zurich, where the lake meets the Limmat River, in the north of Switzerland. Contrary to what some believe, Zurich is not the capital of Switzerland — that honour falls to Berne.

Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland by land area and population. It is the financial centre of Switzerland and houses the stock exchange and the headquarters of a large number of national and international companies. National and international media agencies as well as most of the national TV channel companies are also located here. As the central node of the Swiss-wide train network and also runs the biggest and busiest international airport in the country, Zurich is often the first place where tourists arrive. Due to the city's proximity to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps and its mountainous scenery, it is often referred to as the "portal to the Alps".

Zurich has long been known for being clean and efficient. Due to this, it has been continuously ranked as the city with the highest living standard world-wide for many years. However, only for the last ten years has it truly become a fascinating and worthwhile travel destination. This is mostly thanks to the liberalization of the cultural, party and gastronomy sectors. An increasingly cosmopolitan population has helped, as well, while more buttoned-down Geneva remains Switzerland's most culturally heterogeneous city.

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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

Switzerland
4th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

10th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

61st

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

3rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

2nd

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

31st

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

10th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

5th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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