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Cost of Living - America July 2013

The most expensive countries in America for expatriates to live in are: Bermuda; Cayman Islands; Montserrat;Venezuela; and Aruba. The most expensive cities for expatriates to live in are: New York (Manhattan) (11th most expensive in the world); Hamilton (Bermuda); Caracas; Sao Paulo; and Rio de Janeiro. The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is: Managua in Nicaragua (16th cheapest in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Stanley in the Falkland Islands which has dropped from 75th in April to become the 111th most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Toluca in Mexico, which has risen from 240th in April to become the 162nd most expensive location in the world.


Xpatulator’s Cost of Living rankings are released every quarter and measure the comparative cost of living for expatriates in 780 cities, covering every country worldwide.  The cost of 13 basket groups with over 140 items are compared in each location, these include alcohol and tobacco, clothing, communication, education, furniture and appliances, groceries, healthcare, housing, personal care, recreation and culture, restaurants-meals-out and hotels, and transport.

To provide an assignee, sent from a low cost of living country to a more expensive country, with a similar purchasing power to what they have in their home country, requires an adjustment to their assignment salary.  The amount of adjustment depends on which country they come from. The larger the difference in cost of living, the larger the adjustment required to ensure a similar level of purchasing power in the host country.


The below ranking shows the overall Cost of Living Rankings in The Americas by city:

  1. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  2. Bermuda, Hamilton
  3. Venezuela, Caracas
  4. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  5. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  6. Cayman Islands, George Town
  7. Canada, Toronto
  8. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  9. Bahamas, Nassau
  10. USA, New York NY
  11. Brazil, Brasilia
  12. Canada, Vancouver
  13. USA, Honolulu HI
  14. Canada, Calgary
  15. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  16. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  17. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  18. Barbados, Bridgetown
  19. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  20. Canada, Edmonton
  21. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  22. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  23. USA, San Jose CA
  24. Canada, Montreal
  25. Grenada, Saint George's
  26. USA, San Francisco CA
  27. Falkland Islands, Stanley
  28. Martinique, Fort-de-France
  29. USA, Nassau County NY
  30. Uruguay, Montevideo
  31. Mexico, Toluca
  32. USA, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA
  33. USA, Orange County CA
  34. Brazil, Salvador
  35. Canada, Ottawa
  36. Brazil, Belo Horizonte
  37. USA, Oakland CA
  38. Dominica, Roseau
  39. USA, Anchorage AK
  40. USA, Los Angeles-Long Beach CA
  41. Mexico, Monterrey
  42. USA, Boston MA
  43. Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain
  44. USA, San Diego CA
  45. Brazil, Fortaleza
  46. Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre
  47. USA, Bergen-Passaic NJ
  48. USA, Philadelphia PA
  49. Puerto Rico, San Juan
  50. USA, Amarillo TX
  51. Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
  52. Jamaica, Kingston
  53. Saint Lucia, Castries
  54. USA, Hartford CT
  55. USA, Middlesex-Monmouth NJ
  56. Belize, Belmopan
  57. USA, New Haven CT
  58. USA, Fresno CA
  59. USA, Seattle WA
  60. USA, Chicago IL
  61. Mexico, Mexico City
  62. USA, Dutchess County NY
  63. USA, Sacramento CA
  64. USA, Baltimore MD
  65. USA, Burlington-Chittenden Co VT
  66. Peru, Lima
  67. Mexico, Tijuana
  68. Colombia, Bogota
  69. Mexico, Leon
  70. USA, Portland ME
  71. USA, Fort Lauderdale FL
  72. USA, Riverside City CA
  73. USA, Manchester NH
  74. French Guiana, Cayenne
  75. Chile, Santiago
  76. Mexico, Guadalajara
  77. USA, Hampton Roads-SE Virginia VA
  78. USA, Portland OR
  79. USA, St. Paul MN
  80. USA, Minneapolis MN
  81. Argentina, Buenos Aires
  82. USA, Eugene OR
  83. USA, Miami-Dade County FL
  84. Costa Rica, San Jose
  85. USA, Bakersfield CA
  86. USA, Albany NY
  87. Mexico, Puebla
  88. USA, Richmond VA
  89. USA, Lancaster PA
  90. Paraguay, Asuncion
  91. USA, Phoenix AZ
  92. USA, Sarasota FL
  93. USA, Las Vegas NV
  94. USA, Indianapolis IN
  95. USA, Cleveland OH
  96. Suriname, Paramaribo
  97. USA, Reno-Sparks NV
  98. USA, Akron OH
  99. USA, Rochester NY
  100. USA, Milwaukee-Waukesha WI
  101. USA, Gainesville FL
  102. USA, Binghamton NY
  103. USA, Asheville NC
  104. USA, Colorado All Other Areas CO
  105. USA, Denver CO
  106. USA, Detroit MI
  107. USA, Columbia SC
  108. Argentina, Cordoba
  109. USA, Wilmington NC
  110. USA, York County PA
  111. USA, Boise ID
  112. USA, Montgomery AL
  113. USA, Plano TX
  114. USA, Durham NC
  115. Cuba, Havana
  116. USA, Raleigh NC
  117. USA, Bradenton FL
  118. USA, Orlando FL
  119. USA, Salt Lake City UT
  120. USA, Evansville IN
  121. USA, Charleston SC
  122. USA, Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
  123. USA, Spokane WA
  124. USA, Davenport-Moline-Rock Is IA-IL
  125. USA, Tucson AZ
  126. USA, Green Bay WI
  127. USA, Fayetteville NC
  128. USA, Rockford IL
  129. USA, Kansas City MO
  130. Guatemala, Guatemala City
  131. USA, Myrtle Beach SC
  132. USA, Appleton WI
  133. USA, Jackson MS
  134. USA, Austin TX
  135. USA, Pittsburgh PA
  136. USA, Jacksonville FL
  137. USA, Lincoln NE
  138. USA, Fort Wayne-Allen County IN
  139. USA, Arlington TX
  140. USA, Tampa FL
  141. USA, Atlanta GA
  142. USA, Kennewick-Richland-Pasco WA
  143. USA, Cincinnati OH
  144. USA, Columbus OH
  145. USA, Buffalo NY
  146. USA, Little Rock-North Little Rock AR
  147. USA, Dallas TX
  148. USA, Augusta GA
  149. Panama, Panama City
  150. USA, Erie PA
  151. USA, Kalamazoo MI
  152. USA, Charleston WV
  153. USA, Savannah GA
  154. USA, Charlotte NC
  155. USA, Mobile AL
  156. USA, Colorado Springs CO
  157. USA, Baton Rouge LA
  158. USA, Dayton OH
  159. USA, Cedar Rapids IA
  160. USA, San Antonio TX
  161. USA, El Paso TX
  162. USA, St. Louis MO
  163. USA, Martinsburg-Berkeley County WV
  164. USA, Roanoke VA
  165. USA, Shreveport-Bossier City LA
  166. USA, Greenville SC
  167. USA, Wichita KS
  168. USA, Midland TX
  169. Argentina, Rosario
  170. USA, Fort Worth TX
  171. USA, Fayetteville AR
  172. USA, Lexington KY
  173. Guyana, Georgetown
  174. USA, Huntsville AL
  175. USA, Houston TX
  176. USA, South Bend IN
  177. USA, Des Moines IA
  178. USA, Chattanooga TN
  179. USA, Youngstown-Warren OH
  180. USA, Oklahoma City OK
  181. USA, Omaha NE
  182. USA, Birmingham AL
  183. El Salvador, San Salvador
  184. USA, Clarksville TN
  185. USA, Corpus Christi TX
  186. USA, Brazoria County TX
  187. Honduras, Tegucigalpa
  188. USA, Tulsa OK
  189. USA, Winston-Salem NC
  190. USA, Springfield MO
  191. Ecuador, Quito
  192. USA, Lubbock TX
  193. USA, Memphis TN
  194. USA, Louisville KY
  195. USA, Murfreesboro-Smyrna TN
  196. USA, Brownsville TX
  197. USA, Johnson City TN
  198. USA, McAllen TX
  199. USA, Knoxville TN
  200. USA, Nashville-Franklin TN
  201. USA, Fort Smith AR
  202. USA, Harlingen TX
  203. Bolivia, La Paz
  204. Nicaragua, Managua


The below ranking shows the Cost of Living Rankings in The Americas by city excluding housing, education, healthcare and transport basket groups: 

  1. Bermuda, Hamilton
  2. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  3. Venezuela, Caracas
  4. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  5. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  6. Cayman Islands, George Town
  7. Barbados, Bridgetown
  8. Canada, Toronto
  9. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  10. Brazil, Brasilia
  11. Canada, Vancouver
  12. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  13. Canada, Calgary
  14. Mexico, Toluca
  15. Canada, Edmonton
  16. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  17. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  18. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  19. Bahamas, Nassau
  20. Canada, Montreal
  21. Grenada, Saint George's
  22. Mexico, Monterrey
  23. Martinique, Fort-de-France
  24. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  25. USA, New York NY
  26. Canada, Ottawa
  27. Uruguay, Montevideo
  28. Brazil, Belo Horizonte
  29. USA, Honolulu HI
  30. Brazil, Salvador
  31. Dominica, Roseau
  32. Puerto Rico, San Juan
  33. French Guiana, Cayenne
  34. Mexico, Mexico City
  35. Saint Lucia, Castries
  36. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  37. Brazil, Fortaleza
  38. Mexico, Guadalajara
  39. Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre
  40. Mexico, Tijuana
  41. Mexico, Leon
  42. Mexico, Puebla
  43. Falkland Islands, Stanley
  44. Colombia, Bogota
  45. USA, San Francisco CA
  46. Chile, Santiago
  47. USA, San Jose CA
  48. Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain
  49. Jamaica, Kingston
  50. USA, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA
  51. USA, Nassau County NY
  52. Costa Rica, San Jose
  53. Belize, Belmopan
  54. USA, Anchorage AK
  55. Cuba, Havana
  56. Peru, Lima
  57. Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
  58. USA, Oakland CA
  59. USA, Orange County CA
  60. Guatemala, Guatemala City
  61. Suriname, Paramaribo
  62. USA, Philadelphia PA
  63. USA, Boston MA
  64. Guyana, Georgetown
  65. Paraguay, Asuncion
  66. USA, Bergen-Passaic NJ
  67. USA, Los Angeles-Long Beach CA
  68. USA, Hartford CT
  69. Ecuador, Quito
  70. USA, New Haven CT
  71. USA, San Diego CA
  72. USA, Seattle WA
  73. USA, Burlington-Chittenden Co VT
  74. USA, Middlesex-Monmouth NJ
  75. USA, Fresno CA
  76. USA, Baltimore MD
  77. USA, Dutchess County NY
  78. USA, Sacramento CA
  79. USA, Chicago IL
  80. Honduras, Tegucigalpa
  81. USA, Fort Lauderdale FL
  82. Argentina, Buenos Aires
  83. Panama, Panama City
  84. USA, Manchester NH
  85. USA, Hampton Roads-SE Virginia VA
  86. USA, Portland ME
  87. USA, St. Paul MN
  88. USA, Riverside City CA
  89. USA, Portland OR
  90. USA, Miami-Dade County FL
  91. USA, Minneapolis MN
  92. USA, Albany NY
  93. USA, Bakersfield CA
  94. Bolivia, La Paz
  95. USA, Sarasota FL
  96. USA, Cleveland OH
  97. USA, Lancaster PA
  98. USA, Las Vegas NV
  99. USA, Phoenix AZ
  100. USA, Richmond VA
  101. El Salvador, San Salvador
  102. USA, Reno-Sparks NV
  103. Nicaragua, Managua
  104. USA, Wilmington NC
  105. USA, Asheville NC
  106. USA, Gainesville FL
  107. USA, Columbia SC
  108. USA, Denver CO
  109. USA, Akron OH
  110. USA, Eugene OR
  111. USA, Colorado All Other Areas CO
  112. USA, Charleston SC
  113. USA, Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
  114. USA, Raleigh NC
  115. USA, Bradenton FL
  116. USA, Montgomery AL
  117. USA, Salt Lake City UT
  118. Argentina, Rosario
  119. USA, York County PA
  120. USA, Myrtle Beach SC
  121. USA, Milwaukee-Waukesha WI
  122. Argentina, Cordoba
  123. USA, Fayetteville NC
  124. USA, Indianapolis IN
  125. USA, Plano TX
  126. USA, Augusta GA
  127. USA, Baton Rouge LA
  128. USA, Orlando FL
  129. USA, Boise ID
  130. USA, Rochester NY
  131. USA, Jacksonville FL
  132. USA, Mobile AL
  133. USA, Davenport-Moline-Rock Is IA-IL
  134. USA, Durham NC
  135. USA, Pittsburgh PA
  136. USA, Evansville IN
  137. USA, Tucson AZ
  138. USA, Arlington TX
  139. USA, Kansas City MO
  140. USA, Detroit MI
  141. USA, Greenville SC
  142. USA, Atlanta GA
  143. USA, Binghamton NY
  144. USA, Winston-Salem NC
  145. USA, Shreveport-Bossier City LA
  146. USA, Charlotte NC
  147. USA, Jackson MS
  148. USA, Cincinnati OH
  149. USA, Little Rock-North Little Rock AR
  150. USA, El Paso TX
  151. USA, Savannah GA
  152. USA, Tampa FL
  153. USA, St. Louis MO
  154. USA, Chattanooga TN
  155. USA, Erie PA
  156. USA, Dallas TX
  157. USA, Colorado Springs CO
  158. USA, Buffalo NY
  159. USA, Kalamazoo MI
  160. USA, Fort Wayne-Allen County IN
  161. USA, Fayetteville AR
  162. USA, Cedar Rapids IA
  163. USA, Spokane WA
  164. USA, Huntsville AL
  165. USA, Appleton WI
  166. USA, Lincoln NE
  167. USA, Austin TX
  168. USA, Rockford IL
  169. USA, Birmingham AL
  170. USA, Oklahoma City OK
  171. USA, Roanoke VA
  172. USA, Green Bay WI
  173. USA, Columbus OH
  174. USA, South Bend IN
  175. USA, Kennewick-Richland-Pasco WA
  176. USA, Youngstown-Warren OH
  177. USA, Midland TX
  178. USA, Wichita KS
  179. USA, Murfreesboro-Smyrna TN
  180. USA, Des Moines IA
  181. USA, San Antonio TX
  182. USA, Charleston WV
  183. USA, Martinsburg-Berkeley County WV
  184. USA, Knoxville TN
  185. USA, Dayton OH
  186. USA, Fort Worth TX
  187. USA, Clarksville TN
  188. USA, Memphis TN
  189. USA, Lexington KY
  190. USA, Springfield MO
  191. USA, Nashville-Franklin TN
  192. USA, Tulsa OK
  193. USA, Omaha NE
  194. USA, Amarillo TX
  195. USA, Fort Smith AR
  196. USA, Lubbock TX
  197. USA, Johnson City TN
  198. USA, Houston TX
  199. USA, Brazoria County TX
  200. USA, Brownsville TX
  201. USA, Corpus Christi TX
  202. USA, Louisville KY
  203. USA, McAllen TX
  204. USA, Harlingen TX


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