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France, Paris

France, Paris

Cost of living in Paris, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023.

What is it like to live in Paris?

Paris: Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city.

Economy: The diverse economy of Paris is essentially a service economy, with business and financial services generating nearly half of the Paris Region's GDP.

Inflation: 4.9% for France as at September 2023.

Paris Population: 12.4 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: Business in France tends to be on the formal side. It is expected to use formal terms of address such as ‘mademoiselle' for young women, ‘Madame' for other women, ‘monsieur' for men, plus the surname (for example, Madame DuPont). If a professional title is used (for example, ‘monsieur le president'), expatriates should follow the example. France has a conservative business culture, which although is changing, continues to be male dominated, particularly in large domestic companies. The safety risk for expatriates in France is generally low. Risks include petty / street crime in major urban areas, especially in tourist areas, disruptions related to strikes, and particularly in recent years extremist terrorism.

Health Care: The standard of healthcare in France is good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high.

For other areas within the country see France.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Paris?

The cost of living for expatriates in Paris as at October 2023 is very high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 90.33 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Paris is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very high for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$970. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$12.82, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$9.97, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$4.52 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$14.95.

2) Clothing: Cost is very high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1260. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$108, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$102, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$141 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$44.

3) Communication: Cost is average for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$172. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$33, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$35.05 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$28500. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$18,512 for Primary School, and USD$20,600 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is high for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$2550. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$772, and USD$663 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is high for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$830. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.13, 1 kg oranges USD$1.96, 1 head lettuce USD$2.16, 1 kg potatos USD$1.43, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$8.79, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$11.14, 1 dozen large eggs USD$5.11, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.50, 1 L full cream milk USD$6.58, and 1.5 L water USD$1.14.

7) Healthcare: Cost is high for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$920. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$75, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,300.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is very high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$3500. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$5,728 in a central location, and USD$3,419 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is very high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$570. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$11.08, while an international newspaper is USD$3.41.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$495. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$40, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$198.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$390. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$17.45, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$51 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very high for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$950. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$5.40, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$4.42, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$14.25, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$89.02.

13) Transport: Cost is very high for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1190. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$8.16, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$24,384.

How does the cost of living in Paris compare?

Paris is 13.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 214.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 62.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Paris?

Paris is ranked as a minimal hardship location.The hardship premium for Paris for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Paris) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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