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International Cost of Living July 2013

Zurich in Switzerland is ranked as the overall most expensive city to live in, world-wide, according to Xpatulator.com's July 2013 international cost of living rankings. Thimphu in Bhutan, is ranked the cheapest. Tokyo dropped 2 places in April, and another 3 places in July to become the sixth most expensive place to live, while Geneva moves down slightly to become the fourth most expensive location in the world.


The cost of living rankings, released every quarter, measure the comparative cost of living for expatriates in 780 locations, covering every country worldwide. The cost of living comparison uses local prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services, converted to a single currency. Sources include local service providers in each location, international service providers, official governmental statistics and global agency data. The data is quality assured and manually checked by Xpatulator Analysts. The prices of similar related items have been grouped together into 13 basket groups and the cost of living index calculated for each basket in each location. The 13 basket groups are the result of extensive research of actual spending habits ensuring the cost of living indexes reflect a reality-based international expenditure pattern.

While Zurich is ranked the most expensive using all 13 basket groups, Luanda is the most expensive place to live excluding the housing, education, medical and transport basket groups.

Key Highlights:

Africa:
The most expensive countries in Africa are: Angola; Nigeria; Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; and Ghana. The most expensive cities to live in are: Luanda (Second most expensive in the world); Abuja; Lagos; Kano; and Ibadan. The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is Tunis in Tunisia (15th cheapest in the world).
The biggest mover down the rankings is Gaborone in Botswana, which has dropped from 543th in April to become the 667th most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Monrovia in Liberia. Monrovia has risen from 245th in April to become the 126th most expensive location in the world.

America:
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. 


Asia-Pacific:
The most expensive countries in Asia Pacific for expatriates to live in are: Australia; Japan; Micronesia; New Caledonia; and New Zealand. The most expensive cities for expatriates to live in are: Hong Kong (the third most expensive in the world); Tokyo; Sydney; Singapore and Yokohama. The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is Medan in Indonesia (27th cheapest in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is South Tarawa in Kiribati, which has dropped from 148th in April to become the 314th most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Tashkent in Uzbekistan, which has risen from 500th in April to become the 370th most expensive location in the world.


Europe:
The most expensive countries in Europe for expatriates to live in are: Switzerland; Norway; Liechtenstein; Denmark; and Jersey. The most expensive cities in Europe for expatriates to live in: Zurich (most expensive in the world); Geneva; Monaco; Oslo; and Moscow. The cheapest city in Europe for expatriates to live in is Sofia in Bulgaria (12th cheapest in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Budapest in Hungary, which has dropped from 507th in April to become the 642nd most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Minsk in Belarus, which has risen from 222nd in April to become the 191st most expensive location in the world.


Middle East:
The most expensive countries in the Middle East for expatriates to live in are: Qatar; United Arab Emirates; Israel; Lebanon and Bahrain. The most expensive cities in the Middle East for expatriates to live in: Doha (118th most expensive in the world); Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Jerusalem; and Beirut. The cheapest country and city in the Middle East for expatriates to live in is Sanaa in Yemen (110th cheapest in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Beirut in Lebanon, which has dropped from 278th in April to become the 292nd most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Tehran in Iran, which has risen from 546th in April to become the 395th most expensive location in the world.


South Asia:
The most expensive countries in South Asia are: Maldives; Sri Lanka; and India. The most expensive cities in South Asia in are: Male in the Maldives (353rd most expensive in the world); Colombo; and Mumbai. The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (the cheapest city in the world). The biggest mover down the rankings is Male, which has dropped 15 places since April to become the 353rd most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Kathmandu in Nepal, which has risen from 752nd in April to become the 685th most expensive (and therefor 95th cheapest) location in the world.


The Top 100 Global Overall Rankings (Combined All Areas and City Rank) - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Switzerland, Zurich
  2. Angola, Luanda
  3. China, Hong Kong
  4. Switzerland, Geneva
  5. Angola, All Areas
  6. Japan, Tokyo
  7. Switzerland, All Areas
  8. Monaco, Monaco
  9. Australia, Sydney
  10. Singapore, Singapore
  11. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  12. Bermuda, Hamilton
  13. Norway, Oslo
  14. Norway, All Areas
  15. Russia, Moscow
  16. United Kingdom, London
  17. Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  18. Japan, Yokohama
  19. Australia, Canberra
  20. Bermuda, All Areas
  21. Denmark, Copenhagen
  22. Japan, Osaka
  23. Australia, Melbourne
  24. Liechtenstein, All Areas
  25. Venezuela, Caracas
  26. Nigeria, Abuja
  27. Denmark, All Areas
  28. Japan, Nagoya
  29. Australia, Perth
  30. Japan, Kobe
  31. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  32. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  33. Cayman Islands, All Areas
  34. Japan, Kyoto
  35. China, Shanghai
  36. Sweden, Stockholm
  37. Australia, Brisbane
  38. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  39. Cayman Islands, George Town
  40. Nigeria, Lagos
  41. Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang
  42. Australia, Adelaide
  43. Australia, All Areas
  44. Nigeria, Kano
  45. Japan, All Areas
  46. Canada, Toronto
  47. Nigeria, Ibadan
  48. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  49. Bahamas, Nassau
  50. Jersey, All Areas
  51. France, Paris
  52. Jersey, Saint Helier
  53. USA, New York NY
  54. Montserrat, All Areas
  55. Russia, Vladivostok
  56. Brazil, Brasilia
  57. Canada, Vancouver
  58. Sweden, All Areas
  59. Venezuela, All Areas
  60. Micronesia, Palikir
  61. New Caledonia, Noumea
  62. Italy, Rome
  63. USA, Honolulu HI
  64. New Zealand, Auckland
  65. New Zealand, Wellington
  66. Japan, Kawasaki
  67. Canada, Calgary
  68. Mozambique, Maputo
  69. Aruba, All Areas
  70. Finland, Helsinki
  71. Turks and Caicos Islands, All Areas
  72. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  73. Bahamas, All Areas
  74. Barbados, All Areas
  75. Nigeria, All Areas
  76. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  77. Korea Republic of, Seoul
  78. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  79. Central African Republic, Bangui
  80. Greenland, All Areas
  81. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  82. Greenland, Nuuk
  83. Barbados, Bridgetown
  84. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  85. Russia, St. Petersburg
  86. Canada, Edmonton
  87. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  88. Micronesia, All Areas
  89. Canada, All Areas
  90. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  91. Austria, Vienna
  92. USA, San Jose CA
  93. British Virgin Islands, All Areas
  94. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  95. Japan, Fukuoka
  96. Canada, Montreal
  97. Solomon Islands, Honiara
  98. Grenada, Saint George's
  99. Netherlands Antilles, All Areas
  100. San Marino, San Marino

 

The Top 100 Global Country (All Areas) Rankings - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Angola, All Areas
  2. Switzerland, All Areas
  3. Norway, All Areas
  4. Bermuda, All Areas
  5. Liechtenstein, All Areas
  6. Denmark, All Areas
  7. Cayman Islands, All Areas
  8. Australia, All Areas
  9. Japan, All Areas
  10. Jersey, All Areas
  11. Montserrat, All Areas
  12. Sweden, All Areas
  13. Venezuela, All Areas
  14. Aruba, All Areas
  15. Turks and Caicos Islands, All Areas
  16. Bahamas, All Areas
  17. Barbados, All Areas
  18. Nigeria, All Areas
  19. Greenland, All Areas
  20. Micronesia, All Areas
  21. Canada, All Areas
  22. British Virgin Islands, All Areas
  23. Netherlands Antilles, All Areas
  24. Antigua and Barbuda, All Areas
  25. New Caledonia, All Areas
  26. Iceland, All Areas
  27. Luxembourg, All Areas
  28. Finland, All Areas
  29. Russia, All Areas
  30. Saint Kitts and Nevis, All Areas
  31. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, All Areas
  32. Falkland Islands, All Areas
  33. Isle of Man, All Areas
  34. Austria, All Areas
  35. New Zealand, All Areas
  36. Qatar, All Areas
  37. Mozambique, All Areas
  38. Grenada, All Areas
  39. Sao Tome and Principe, All Areas
  40. Korea Republic of, All Areas
  41. Belgium, All Areas
  42. French Polynesia, All Areas
  43. Anguilla, All Areas
  44. US Virgin Islands, All Areas
  45. Congo Democratic Rep, All Areas
  46. Korea Democratic Republic of, All Areas
  47. Solomon Islands, All Areas
  48. Guernsey, All Areas
  49. United Kingdom, All Areas
  50. Brazil, All Areas
  51. Martinique, All Areas
  52. Uruguay, All Areas
  53. Guam, All Areas
  54. United Arab Emirates, All Areas
  55. Ghana, All Areas
  56. Ireland, All Areas
  57. Saint Helena, All Areas
  58. Taiwan, All Areas
  59. Germany, All Areas
  60. Samoa, All Areas
  61. Israel, All Areas
  62. Vanuatu, All Areas
  63. Liberia, All Areas
  64. Reunion, All Areas
  65. Timor-Leste, All Areas
  66. Papua New Guinea, All Areas
  67. Netherlands, All Areas
  68. Central African Republic, All Areas
  69. Sierra Leone, All Areas
  70. France, All Areas
  71. Tuvalu, All Areas
  72. Azerbaijan, All Areas
  73. Marshall Islands, All Areas
  74. Jamaica, All Areas
  75. Equatorial Guinea, All Areas
  76. Benin, All Areas
  77. Eritrea, All Areas
  78. Guinea, All Areas
  79. South Sudan, All Areas
  80. Italy, All Areas
  81. Nauru, All Areas
  82. Senegal, All Areas
  83. Belarus, All Areas
  84. Malta, All Areas
  85. Uzbekistan, All Areas
  86. Lebanon, All Areas
  87. Zambia, All Areas
  88. Sudan, All Areas
  89. Saint Lucia, All Areas
  90. Trinidad and Tobago, All Areas
  91. Cyprus, All Areas
  92. Congo, All Areas
  93. Guinea-Bissau, All Areas
  94. Brunei, All Areas
  95. Puerto Rico, All Areas
  96. Guadeloupe, All Areas
  97. Turkey, All Areas
  98. Dominica, All Areas
  99. Estonia, All Areas
  100. Kiribati, All Areas

 

The Top 100 Global City Location Rankings - Overall Cost Of Living - All Baskets:

  1. Switzerland, Zurich
  2. Angola, Luanda
  3. China, Hong Kong
  4. Switzerland, Geneva
  5. Japan, Tokyo
  6. Monaco, Monaco
  7. Australia, Sydney
  8. Singapore, Singapore
  9. USA, New York (Manhattan) NY
  10. Bermuda, Hamilton
  11. Norway, Oslo
  12. Russia, Moscow
  13. United Kingdom, London
  14. Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  15. Japan, Yokohama
  16. Australia, Canberra
  17. Denmark, Copenhagen
  18. Japan, Osaka
  19. Australia, Melbourne
  20. Venezuela, Caracas
  21. Nigeria, Abuja
  22. Japan, Nagoya
  23. Australia, Perth
  24. Japan, Kobe
  25. Brazil, Sao Paulo
  26. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  27. Japan, Kyoto
  28. China, Shanghai
  29. Sweden, Stockholm
  30. Australia, Brisbane
  31. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
  32. Cayman Islands, George Town
  33. Nigeria, Lagos
  34. Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang
  35. Australia, Adelaide
  36. Nigeria, Kano
  37. Canada, Toronto
  38. Nigeria, Ibadan
  39. USA, New York (Brooklyn) NY
  40. Bahamas, Nassau
  41. France, Paris
  42. Jersey, Saint Helier
  43. USA, New York NY
  44. Russia, Vladivostok
  45. Brazil, Brasilia
  46. Canada, Vancouver
  47. Micronesia, Palikir
  48. New Caledonia, Noumea
  49. Italy, Rome
  50. USA, Honolulu HI
  51. New Zealand, Auckland
  52. New Zealand, Wellington
  53. Japan, Kawasaki
  54. Canada, Calgary
  55. Mozambique, Maputo
  56. Finland, Helsinki
  57. Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
  58. USA, New York (Queens) NY
  59. Korea Republic of, Seoul
  60. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  61. Central African Republic, Bangui
  62. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
  63. Greenland, Nuuk
  64. Barbados, Bridgetown
  65. Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
  66. Russia, St. Petersburg
  67. Canada, Edmonton
  68. Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
  69. Haiti, Port-au-Prince
  70. Austria, Vienna
  71. USA, San Jose CA
  72. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  73. Japan, Fukuoka
  74. Canada, Montreal
  75. Solomon Islands, Honiara
  76. Grenada, Saint George's
  77. San Marino, San Marino
  78. United Kingdom, Bristol
  79. United Kingdom, Manchester
  80. Iceland, Reykjavik
  81. Korea Republic of, Daegu
  82. Guinea, Conakry
  83. USA, San Francisco CA
  84. Korea Republic of, Incheon
  85. Falkland Islands, Stanley
  86. United Kingdom, Glasgow
  87. French Polynesia, Papeete
  88. Netherlands, Amsterdam
  89. Germany, Munich
  90. Qatar, Doha
  91. Isle of Man, Douglas
  92. Korea Republic of, Busan
  93. Taiwan, Taipei
  94. United Kingdom, Edinburgh
  95. Liberia, Monrovia
  96. Belgium, Brussels
  97. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  98. United Kingdom, Aberdeen
  99. Russia, Novosibirsk
  100. United Kingdom, Luton

 

Reference
The cost of living ranking information contained in this article is updated quarterly using data collected by Xpatulator.com over the past 12 months. The international cost of living indexes, on which the rankings are based, is only available using Xpatulator.com's online expatriate calculators that enable users to create personalized cost of living comparison reports which include:

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Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 July 2013.

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