How is it to live in Korea

To live in Korea there are several valid reasons to do so. When compared to other nations, Korea excels in many areas of well-being. Korea has superior happiness, social ties, and health levels compared to other countries.

You can be ready for anything if you consider the positive and negative aspects beforehand. Take a moment to check out how it is to live in Korea.

How’s life

There are many factors that you need to consider if you want to live in Korea:

  • Accommodation
  • Employment
  • Weather
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Security
  • Healthcare
  • Cost of living


If you plan to live in Korea, you must know where to stay. Housing provides shelter, but it’s more than four walls and a roof. Of course, home affordability is a concern.

Housing is often the main family expense for many households, including rent, gas, electricity, water, furnishings, and repairs. Koreans spends 15% of its adjusted income on housing.

Overcrowding can damage children’s health, relationships, and development. Dense housing often indicates poor water and sewage supplies. Also, consider living circumstances like the average number of rooms shared per person and if homes have basic conveniences.

The typical Korean house has 1.5 rooms per person, yet 97.5% have private indoor flushing toilets.

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Having a job has several significant advantages:

Income: It provides a source of money.

Social inclusion: Makes individuals feel connected.

Goal-setting: It allows you to achieve your objectives.

Self-esteem: It promotes self-worth.

Development of skills: Helps you learn and progress.

Only 66% of people aged 15 to 64 have jobs in Korea. Unemployed people want to work and are actively searching for a job.

Being unemployed for a long time can harm your well-being, self-esteem, and job skills. In Korea, 0% of the workforce has been unemployed for over a year.

Two factors determine work quality: pay and security.

Wages: Korea’s average is USD 49,960 per year.

Job security: Your job security depends on how likely you are to lose it and how long you may be without one. Unemployment in Korea costs employees 2.9% of their income.

Also, check How to find a job in Korea.


Four seasons characterize South Korea. South Korean summers are humid and hot, while winters are dry and chilly. Summer, which traditionally lasts from June to August, is now lasting from May to September. Tropical nights, typhoons, and heatwaves occur in summer. Recently, heatwaves exceeding 33 degrees occurred more often.


Education is vital for a country’s well-being:

Knowledge and Skills: It equips people for life and work.

Job Opportunities: A good education improves job prospects.

Years in Education: Koreans usually receive 17.2 years of education (from 5 to 39 years).

High school graduation matters as job markets need knowledge-based skills. In Korea, 89% of adults aged 25-64 finish high school.

However, graduation numbers don’t indicate education quality. PISA evaluates abilities and knowledge. Korea scored 520 in reading, math, and science.

Excellent school systems provide quality education to all students.

The environment

Live in Korea? Consider these environmental factors:

Health risks from air pollution: In Korea, PM2.5 is 27.3 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).

Water: Clean water is essential. 82% of UK citizens are pleased with their water quality; therefore, be aware of these environmental elements that might affect your health.


For those who live in Korea, it’s worth noting that life expectancy has been increasing thanks to better living conditions, healthcare, and public health efforts.

Korea’s average lifespan is 83 years. In Korea, 34% of people think they are healthy. The self-assessment may vary by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and future healthcare requirements.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Korea varies significantly according to different areas of the country.

If you live in Korea as a family of four, the average monthly cost is 5,010,012 KRW without rent. For a single person, the average monthly cost is 1,383,505 KRW without rent.

In Seoul, a family of four spends about 5,600,026 KRW monthly, while a single person spends around 1,543,622 monthly (excluding rent).

In Busan, a family of four spends about 4,499,161 KRW monthly, while a single person spends around 1,247,544 monthly (excluding rent).


Personal safety is essential to well-being. Do you feel comfortable going alone at night? In Korea, 82% felt comfortable strolling alone at night.

The homicide rate (the number of murders per 100,000 people) better indicates a country’s safety than the authorities. Korea’s homicide rate is 0.8.

Source: OECD

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