Cost of living: China vs. the United States

USD and RMBRecently commodity prices have reached a record high degree inChina; the inflation has reached unbearable level. We take a look at prices of theUSAandChina, which county is more expensive or cheaper.

Recently, a post was forwarded by many Chinese netizens, the content is to say that according to purchasing power, the living cost ofChinahas exceeded that of theUnited States.

In order to objectively and fairly examineChina’s prices are higher or lower, the author investigated commodity prices and family food expenditures through an American friend.

In 2010, the average annual income is USD36,300 for American and  USD4,700 for Chinese,  the United States is almost 8 times of China.    

We do not take income gap into consideration, suppose we earn the same income level in bothChinaandUSA-eight thousand a month, and let us make a comparison.

BenzIn the United States Mercedes-Benz E-320 costs 50000, the equivalent of more than six months wages.

In China Mercedes-Benz E-320, 980000, equivalent to more than a decade’s wages.

A Pair of Italian shoes in the United Statesis about 50,  In China is 500.

house rent A three-bedroom rent in the United States, about 1,000.

A three-bedroom rent in China, about 2000

McDonald’s Big Mac: In the United States ,  4.  In China, 20.

A good  set of suits: In the United States about  500 or so.

In China, 2000 is not enough.

In the United States an Apple G5 computer is 1500.

In China at least 30000.

In the United States 500Kg of  lean pork, 3.

In China the same thing costs 20.

birthday cake chinaIn the United States a  big birthday cake:  20.

In China  a large birthday cake: 200.

In the United States a box of Haagen-Dazs: 3

In China a box of Haagen-Dazs: 60

Holiday Inn ChinaIn the United States Holiday Inn (four-star hotel): 70 or 80

In China, Holiday Inn: 800

gas china and usaIn the United States to fill a tank of gas: 30 is sufficient.

In China to fill a tank of gas: 300

250 square meters house in the United States:  almost  500,000.

250 square meters in China: about 5 million.

phone fee china and usaIn the United States for basically you can call as much as you can with 50 per month.

In China you can do the same thing with as much as 5000.

Watching a new popular movie   in the United States children:  8

Movie in China: 80

Buy a cashmere sweater in the United States: almost $ 100.

Buy a cashmere sweater in China: almost 1,000 yuan.

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12 Responses

  1. Nick says:

    Interesting comparison, would be more useful to see each cost expressed in both USD and RMB

    And to include median monthly or annual salary

    • James Buckner says:

      If income is $36k in US and $4.7k in China it is stupid to compare $8k per month or $96k per year income in both countries.
      The average Chinese can live on $4.7K
      $4,700/52= $90 a week/50hr=$1.80per hour.
      The norm of transportation in China is by foot and bike. Figuring how a average Chinese person could buy a Mercedes is like a average US person buying a three million dollar Yacht.
      Free trade with China means we will eventually have zero manufacturing jobs in the US and eventually have to give US states to China to pay our debt.
      Adding a 7% or 9% duty would even the imbalance and provide a fair chance to have manufacturing in the US.

      • A Chinese says:

        Eh..As a Chinese, i want to say the norm of transportation in China is drive the car and taxi or bus, some people will walk but no one like to ride bike, I mean, most people don’t ride bike

  2. China Whisper says:

    The average annual income is USD36,300 for American and USD4,700 for Chinese, the United States is almost 8 times of China.

  3. Some Guy says:

    This is the very reason I’m going back to USA at the end of the year. cannot handle this country anymore.

  4. No name says:

    It would be easier to compare if you had also changed the price for the same products in China into USD, or presented the average wage in RMB instead… Also, you should note that almost all the products you presented were not local products. Obviously, western products will cost more than local products. In addition, one should take in account the fact that you are using an average salary, but not the fact that the average Chinese family will live off all these Western products. If you take a look at the local equivalents of these products, the costs are much lower.

  5. Meigouren says:

    Your prices for USA is way to low. And the picture you show for the hotel…wtf. You haven’t been to the usa…80 dollars gets you a motel…fucking cheap place in america.

    3 bedroom house for 1000…where and in what small ass down, and the price of a house, that is too low.

    your metric are off. And a birthday day is not 20 bucks.

    you also Fastfood in the usa cost about 6 dollars for a meal.

    What is your political motive?

    • Some Guy says:

      shut your face Meigouren, these prices are correct, I just came back from 2 weeks Las Vegas trip, I stayed at MGM Grand Hotel (4.5 stars), Golden Nugget (4 stars) etc. MGM was $40 (low season) per night for me, and Golden Nugget was $60 per night, these are luxury suites.

      as for fast food, these prices are also correct, in las vegas In&Out Burgers I can get a burger easily for 2.99, 3.99 here. whats your problem?

      3 bedroom house for 1000? sounds about right to me, I was renting a house stay for $600 per month back in Toronto, Canada.

      so fuck off please, you need you learn how to spend your money wisely, no wonder all you fat american fuckers are bankrupt these days.

  6. Bedlam says:

    Writer of this article apparently has never really been to the USA if they think those prices are correct.

    Also, if you’re going to do a comparison keep the metric the same FFS.

  7. chinese says:

    stop criticizing the guy and face the truth! it is going to be a very hard life in China if the Chinese government keep undervalue the RMB, most people are gonna live in poverty and that is a fact.

  8. lol says:

    whites are filthy monkeys

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