How Much Money Do You Need in Hong Kong?

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From the SCMP, a survey by Royal Skandia claims that HKers need to earn at least HK$1.5 million (that’s roughly US$195,000) per year (HK$125,000 per month) in order to be happy.  ”The survey also showed more than 80 per cent of Hongkongers believed a certain level of income could bring them happiness.”

The SCMP finds a government statistic stating that only 4.2% of people in HK earn over HK$60,000 per month.  No stats provided on how many earn over $125k.  1%? 2%?  The average Hong Kong salary is $12,800 (US$1,664) per month.

And while it’s probably an easy call that more than 4.2% of people in Hong Kong are happy, I kind of know what they mean.

Here’s one way to look at it.  Assume you are going to spend 25% of your monthly income on rent.  That’s roughly HK$3,000 per month for someone with an average salary.  What will that get you?  Looking at GoHome, you can get a 150 square foot flat in Fanling for $2,800 a month.  The same price might bring you 435 square feet in Sheung Shui.  $3,000 a month will get you 250 square feet in Yuen Long or 100 square feet in Fanling.  A monthly car park space in Central can cost more than $3,000 a month.  Go up to $3,900 a month and you can get 120 square feet in Sheung Wan.   The princely sum of $5,000 a month will net you 114 square feet in Tseung Kwan O.

In 1929, Blind Afred Reed wrote a song called How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live.  (I know it via Ry Cooder’s version.)  What was true then is even truer today.

 

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One thought on “How Much Money Do You Need in Hong Kong?

  1. L Vincent

    Spike,

    Lived in HK from 92-99 and visited frequently since. I’d say that article isn’t far wrong, if you want to live somewhere decent as you say, or buy a condo and don’t get wiped out by property value fluctuations, have a decent holiday to get out of the HK pressure cooker, and then actually save some money.

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