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The Americas Expat Cost of Living Comparison Rankings April 2016



Caracas is the most expensive expatriate city to live in worldwide for the third successive year. Caracas's cost of living in US Dollars can vary greatly depending on the exchange rate selected (very expensive using the official exchange rate but very cheap using the black market rate). Xpatulator.com have taken the view that Caracas cannot be left out of the rankings, and that the relative, real, cost to a typical professional expatriate, employed by a large corporate at the official exchange rate, be included in the survey. The anticipated fall in the cost of living in Venezuela has not occurred. There are continued shortages of basic grocery items such as flour, milk and toilet paper. The parallel exchange rate continues to exist but is not widely available. Strict government regulations’ limiting the hiring and compensation of foreign workers is eroding the attractiveness of the country for expatriates.



Xpatulator.com has been created to calculate expatriate pay using online calculators and an extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. The database is updated quarterly. Subscribers use this information to ensure expatriate salary spending power is maintained when on an international assignment. Salary spending power is affected by cost of living, hardship and exchange rate differences between the home and host location.


Hamilton is the second most expensive location in the Americas, in 8th place globally; this is due to the high price of property and the fact that most items have to be transported to Bermuda adding a great deal to the cost of expatriate items.


New York (Manhattan) NY is the third most expensive location in the Americas, the most expensive city in the USA in 9th place worldwide, this is mainly due to the highly priced rental property market. Overall locations across the United States have climbed the rankings during 2015 as a result of the strong US Dollar against most other global currencies. The second most expensive city in the USA is Honolulu, HI ranked 6th in the region and 29th in the world, followed by San Jose in California ranked 35th in the world. In comparison the highest ranked city in Canada is Toronto, ranked 146th most expensive in the world in 2016.The Canadian Dollar lost almost 20% against the US Dollar during 2015.


Completing the top 5 in the Americas is Nassau ranked 4th, and George Town in the Cayman Islands 5th.


McAllen in Texas is the cheapest city in the Americas (and 60th cheapest in the world). The McAllen metro area is one of the poorest in the USA and has the highest poverty rate in the country, with 37.7% of the population living below the poverty line. The McAllen area has also been successful in attracting a number of call centers as a result of a young and trainable low paid workforce. McAllen is particularly cheap for housing as well as furniture and appliances, and recreation and culture.



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