Cost of Living in France

France

Median gross income per month (Single)

With a nominal GDP of $2.71 trillion, France has the seventh-largest economy in the world and the third-largest in the European Union, just trailing behind Germany and the United Kingdom.

Your gross income of 4,000 EUR per month for a single person is:

  • equal to the median gross income of 4,000 EUR in Paris
  • greater than the median gross income of 3,166 EUR in other cities throughout France

These values refer to your gross income. To compute your net income use our salary calculator.

Average accommodation cost per month

While it is not imposed, it is recommended to spend less than 30% of your total household income on rent.

With a recommended accommodation cost of around 1,200 EUR per month, you would be able to afford:

  • living in a one bedroom apartment in Paris
  • living in a two bedroom apartment in other cities throughout France

Standard of living (Single)

The standard of living in France has been rising in recent years, achieving top scores in a number of quality of life indicators, such as wealth, housing, and health.

According to the results of our survey, a single person with a gross income of 4,000 EUR per month is likely to:

  • have a standard lifestyle, affording to go out a few times per week in Paris
  • live decently, while being able to make some savings in other cities throughout France

Cost of food

The prices referenced in this table are from Carrefour, one of the most popular grocery store chains in France. Last updated in October 2020.
550 g (19.4 oz) of Bread € 1.07
1 L (1 qt) of Milk € 0.84
6 Pack of Free Range Eggs € 1.35
1 kg (2.2 lb) of Whole Chicken € 4.50
1.75 L Bottle of Coca-Cola € 1.81

Cost of utilities

Prices are per month. Last updated in October 2020.
Broadband Internet Subscription € 32
Mobile Subscription € 24
Utilities for a Studio (gas, water, electricity) € 120
Utilities for a 2-bd. Apartment (gas, water, electricity) € 150
1 hour Cleaning Help € 13

Cost of transportation

Prices last updated in October 2020.
Monthly Travelcard for Paris Zone 2-3 € 68.60
Monthly Travelcard for Paris All Zones € 75.20
Paris Taxi Price per km € 1.06
1 L (1/4 gal) of Gasoline € 1.42
Avg. Price for Car Insurance per year € 650

Cost of entertainment

Prices last updated in October 2020.
McDonald's Big Mac Meal € 9
Starbucks Large Coffee € 4.41
Large Beer in a Pub in Paris € 6.76
Dinner for Two at Restaurant in Paris € 55
Movie Ticket € 12

Advantages

France is a great country for entrepreneurs as the government offers various forms of aid, like microentrepreneur status and special tech visas.

With a mandated 30 paid vacation days and a cap of 35 working hours a week, France offers some of the best working conditions in the world.

France's public universal healthcare system ranks among the best in the world, 11.5% of the nation's GDP being spent on healthcare.

With top-notch railroad infrastructure and world class transport in Paris, the French public transportation system is among Europe's best.

A food and wine lover's paradise, France has the most Michelin stars in the world and is known for its internationally renowned wine regions.

Disadvantages

France is infamous for its inefficient government bureaucracy, which is rife with delays, confusing forms, and lack of information.

If you do not speak French, living in France can present a challenge, as the country is notoriously difficult to navigate for non-French speakers.

France is the most taxed country in the EU according to their tax-to-GDP ratio, and the nation has a top marginal income tax rate of 55.6%.

Despite their excellent rail network and transportation infrastructure, France is the fifth most expensive European country for train travel.

If you are used to a "the customer is always right" mentality, you will not find that in France, where waiters tend to be slower and less-attentive.

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