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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8942 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3809 times:

First number is the current ranking. Number in parenthesis is last years ranking occupied by each city. The last number is the total points accumulated by each city, the higher the points the more expensive the living costs (article did not explain the point system, but it gives you a general idea of how much more expensive city X is from city Y).

1 (1) Tokyo (Japan) 134,7

2 (4) Osaka (Japan) 121,8

3 (2) London (UK) 120,3

4 (3) Moscow (Russia) 119,0

5 (7) Seoul (S. Korea) 115,4

6 (6) Geneva (Switzerland) 113,5

7 (9) Zurich (Switzerland) 112,1

8 (8) Copenhague (Denmark) 110,0

9 (5) Hong Kong (Hong Kong) 109,5

10 (15) Oslo (Norway) 105,3

11 (13) Milan (Italy) 104,9

12 (17) Paris (France) 102,2

13 (12) New York (USA) 100,0

13 (14) Dublin (Ireland) 100,0

15 (10) Saint Petersburg (Russia) 99,5

16 (19) Vienna (Austria) 97,8

17 (21) Rome (Italy) 97,3

18 (22) Stockholm (Sweden) 96,8

19 (11) Beijing (China) 95,6

20 (20) Sydney (Australia) 95,2

20 (23) Helsinki (Finland) 95,2

22 (25) Douala (Cameron) 93,8

22 (18) Istanbul (Turkey) 93,8

24 (26) Amsterdam (Netherlands) 93,3

24 (34) Budapest (Hungary) 93,3

26 (24) Abidjan (Costa do Marfim) 93,0

27 (76) Warsaw (Poland) 91,5

28 (49) Prague (Tzchech Republic) 90,8

29 (31) Taipei (Taiwan) 90,6

30 (16) Shanghai (China) 90,4

31 (44) Bratislava (Slovakia) 89,9

32 (40) Dusseldorf (Germany) 88,4

33 (39) Luxemburg (Luxemburg) 88,2

34 (46) Singapore (Singapore) 88,0

34 (42) Frankfurt (Germany) 88,0

36 (47) Dakar (Senegal) 87,9

37 (43) Munich (Germany ) 87,8

38 (28) Berlin (Germany) 87,7

39 (33) Tel Aviv (Israel) 87,6

40 (41) Glasgow (UK) 87,5

41 (50) Athens (Greece) 87,2

41 (53) Brussels (Belgium) 87,2

43 (56) Barcelona (Spain) 86,9

44 (27) Los Angeles (USA) 86,7

45 (52) White Plains (USA) 86,6

46 (61) Madrid (Spain) 86,0

47 (51) Birmingham (UK) 85,8

48 (59) Zagreb (Croatia) 85,2

49 (58) Hamburg (Germany) 85,0

50 (29) Hanoi (Vietnam) 84,9

50 (38) San Francisco (USA) 84,9

52 (35) Chicago (USA) 84,6

52 (37) Beirut (Lebanon) 84,6

54 (48) Riga (Lithuania) 84,5

54 (54) Kiev (Ukraine) 84,5

56 (36) Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) 83,8

57 (55) Miami (USA) 83,3

58 (60) Argel (Argelia) 81,9

59 (66) Casablanca (Marrocos) 81,6

60 (75) Tallinn (Estonia) 81,5

61 (69) Lyon (France) 81,4

61 (57) Honolulu (USA) 81,4

63 (30) Shenzen (China) 81,3

64 (62) Abu Dhabi (UAE) 81,0

65 (32) Guangzhou (China) 80,6

66 (71) Lisbon (Portugal) 80,2

67 (63) Aman (Jordan) 80,1

68 (67) Melbourne (Australia) 80,0

69 (80) Auckland (New Zealand) 79,6

70 ( 73) Houston (USA) 79,1

71 (45) Jakarta (Indonesia) 78,9

72 (64) Al Kuwait (Kuwait) 78,3

73 (83) Dubai (UAE) 77,8

74 (65) San Juan (Puerto Rico) 77,7

75 (74) Almaty (Kazakistan) 77,6

76 (86) Wellington (New Zealand) 77,5

76 (82) Ljubljana (Slovenia) 77,5

78 (68) Washington, DC (USA) 77,4

79 (70) Boston (USA) 77,0

80 (72) Morristown (USA) 76,9

81 (79) Sofia (Bulgaria) 76,3

82 (89) Toronto (Canada) 76,2

83 (85) Atlanta (USA) 76,1

84 (87) Brisbane (Australia) 74,9

85 (93) Leipzig (Germany) 74,8

86 (78) Manama (Bahrain) 74,5

87 (96) Vancouver (Canada) 74,3

88 (77) Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 74,1

89 (81) Jidda (Saudi Arabia) 73,9

89 (88) Adelaide (Australia) 73,9

91 (91) Vilnius (Lithuania) 73,6

91 (97) Acra (Ghana) 73,6

93 (94) Perth (Australia) 73,5

94 (100) Denver (USA) 73,2

95 (84) Mexico City (Mexico) 73,1

96 (111) Lagos (Nigeria) 72,8

97 (99) Cairo (Egypt) 72,5

98 (114) Calgary (Canada) 72,5

99 (142) Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) 72,3

100 (95) Limassol (Chipre) 71,9

101 (101) Detroit (USA) 71,8

102 (92) Saint Louis (USA) 71,6

103 (90) Seattle (USA) 71,4

103 (129) Bucharest (Romania) 71,4

105 (103) Kingston (Jamaica) 70,8

105 (109) Bombay (India) 70,8

107 (113) Montreal (Canada) 70,7

108 (108) Guatemala City (Guatemala) 70,4

109 (98) Cleveland (USA) 70,3

110 (116) New Delhi (India) 69,9

111 (112) Pittsburgh (USA) 69,2

112 (105) Portland (USA) 68,8

113 (110) Bandar Sri Begawan (Brunei) 68,5

114 (106) Panama City (Panama) 68,3

115 (102) Monterey (Mexico) 67,7

116 (126) Johannesburg (S. Africa) 67,4

117 (104) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 67,1

118 (118) Lima (Peru) 66,9

119 (121) Nairobi (Kenya) 66,6

119 (107) Winston Salem (USA) 66,6

119 (128) São Paulo (Brazil) 66,6

122 (124) Ottawa (Canada) 66,4

123 (125) Lusaka (Zambia) 65,6

124 (131) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 65,4

125 (119) Bangkok (Thailand) 65,3

126 (120) Tunis (Tunisia) 65,2

127 (117) Dacca (Bangladesh) 64,9

128 (123) Santiago (Chile) 64,8

129 (122) Tehran (Iran) 64,4

130 (135) Blantyre (Malaui) 62,7

131 (115) Tianjin (China) 62,5

132 (127) Colombo (Sri Lanka) 60,0

133 (139) Bogota (Colombia) 58,8

134 (140) Harare (Zimbabue) 58,4

135 (130) San José (Costa Rica) 58,0

136 (132) Karachi (Pakistan) 56,1

137 (136) Quito (Ecuador) 54,6

138 (133) Chennai (India) 54,4

138 (134) Caracas (Venezuela) 54,4

140 (143) Montevideo (Uruguay) 53,5

141 (137) Bangalore (India) 51,7

142 (141) Buenos Aires (Argentina) 50,3

143 (138) Manila (Philippines) 49,8

144 (144) Asuncion (Paraguay) 40,3

Please keep in mind that I translated these cities from Portuguese to English the best way I could (at 1am in the morning, too), plus with the help of the A.Net "Spell Check" feature. Sorry for any misspellings.

Being from S. Paulo, my city is rated 119. Last year we were at 128, we surpassed 9 cities since then.

PPVRA


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User currently onlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2333 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

Great list, but I find that many cities are off on how one is more expensive than the other. For example, how can Detroit be more expensive than Seattle? And how can Kingston, Jamaica be more expensive than Montreal,Buenos Aires, and many others? Very intresting though. I knew Oslo would be up there thats for sure.


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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

142!!!! that's why all the tourists are coming overhere...Since devaluation tourism is a boom.

Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Where is Monaco on this list?

I very much doubt it's cheaper to live in St. Petersburg (15) than it is here.

QFF


User currently offlineJoyA380B747 From India, joined Mar 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

I knew NY to be in the No.2 spot, according to the Guinnes 2002 List.

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
28 (49) Prague (Tzchech Republic) 90,8

I knew it was 'Czech Republic'.



If it wasn't for AI and those money mongers sitting in the parliament, 9W would have been as big as SQ...:(
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

10th place for Oslo. Way to go.  Yeah sure

Thom@s



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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3695 times:
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Prague? It is a cheap city, you have a lot for nothing there.
But london, yeah, I can understand!

What does the number mean exactly?



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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2235 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3694 times:

Tel Aviv is more expensive than LA? I doubt it.

Quoting JoyA380B747 (Reply 4):
knew it was 'Czech Republic'.

In English, not in German.



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

I thought Dublin would be higher than that.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3676 times:

I would have thought Bombay [Mumbai] would be much higher up.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 8):
I thought Dublin would be higher than that.

No UTA, this is the "most expensive" list, I'm sure though Dublin would be much higher on the "biggest rip-off city list"...  Wink



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User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

The scary part, is that cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are more expensive than Toronto, Boston, & Dubai.

I guess the price of homes has skyrocketed in Vietnam. Because everything else, except automobiles, is cheap!

SQuared


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3621 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
57 (55) Miami (USA) 83,3
61 (57) Honolulu (USA) 81,4

HNL is CHEAPER then MIA??? How on Earth did THAT work out???


User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

lookie lookie...  Wow!

Asuncion is the cheapest city in the world, lol Big grin



LooneyToon
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13040 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3573 times:

These ratings are to be guidelines as to costs for business travelers and those working in those locations from other countries. It is the cost of lodging, apartment rental, food, travel, taxis, local transit, resturants and so on. I found it weird that Morristown, New Jersey, an area about 30 miles/48 kms from NY City was on this list, but it is an area with many corporate headquarters as well as the home of many business executives and corporate leaders as well as high real estate/property rental costs.

User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2443 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
(article did not explain the point system, but it gives you a general idea of how much more expensive city X is from city Y).

I remember reading that the point system used to generate this list was calculated using New York as the Median (100 points) and then you get cities above and below NY. The interesting part will be to explain how does the point system works exactly...

As mention before, the list is used by multinational companies to calculate the salary and benefits they give to Expats!!


User currently offlineJoyA380B747 From India, joined Mar 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3531 times:

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 13):
Asuncion is the cheapest city in the world

Dont U dare bet Indian cities on Cheap Living. India's 2nd largest city, Calcutta/Kolkata(CCU) is not even in the List...Imagine!



If it wasn't for AI and those money mongers sitting in the parliament, 9W would have been as big as SQ...:(
User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 9):
I would have thought Bombay [Mumbai] would be much higher up.

Bombay's still amongst the most expensive in the world for real estate only. And maybe a couple of other things, such as drink and hotel rooms. Other than that, things aren't very expensive here, for the most part, compared to European cities. That's probably why we're ranked as low as we are - which is a good thing.

Real estate really is frightful. I know someone who recently bought a tiny flat of about 200 sqm, for the equivalent of nearly 2 million euros.

[Edited 2005-06-21 22:09:20]

User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32620 posts, RR: 72
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3496 times:

Quoting AA767400 (Reply 1):
And how can Kingston, Jamaica be more expensive than Montreal,Buenos Aires, and many others?

Buenos Aires is a dirt cheap place to live, at least on US dollars. Taxi cab ride across town don't even cost US$5. A steak dinner at a nice resturaunt isn't even US$10.

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 12):

HNL is CHEAPER then MIA??? How on Earth did THAT work out???

Real estate. I know real eastate is expensive in Honolulu, but it is ridiculous in Miami. $500k today doesn't even buy you 1,000 square feet in most neighbourhoods.



a.
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3483 times:
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Hilarious that Morristown is on the list-- I live in Morris County, NJ, in the town next to Morristown. It's an expensive area, but I didn't think it'd place in the world!

JBLU


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 18):
Buenos Aires is a dirt cheap place to live, at least on US dollars. Taxi cab ride across town don't even cost US$5. A steak dinner at a nice resturaunt isn't even US$10.

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Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3440 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
44 (27) Los Angeles (USA) 86,7

Wow, I would highly doubt that all those cities beat out Los Angeles as it is very costly to live here.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3407 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 3):
Where is Monaco on this list?

I very much doubt it's cheaper to live in St. Petersburg (15) than it is here.



Quoting SQuared (Reply 11):
The scary part, is that cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are more expensive than Toronto, Boston, & Dubai

These are valid points. I wonder if the compilers of the list have taken average income into account here? If the list was of the most expensive cities in relative terms for those who live there it makes a bit more sense in terms of the placings.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3392 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
These are valid points. I wonder if the compilers of the list have taken average income into account here? If the list was of the most expensive cities in relative terms for those who live there it makes a bit more sense in terms of the placings.

I think they must have done - I know at first hand how expensive it is to live in Budapest (no.24) and it is certainly not as expensive in absolute terms as Amsterdam or more expensive than Berlin (where I've also lived) Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt or Hamburg for example.

In relative terms though its placing is much more believable.....



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User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3380 times:

Quoting LY7E7 (Reply 7):
Tel Aviv is more expensive than LA? I doubt it.

No kidding. I was just in Tel Aviv, and it's fairly cheap. There is no chance that Tel Aviv (39) is more expensive than San Francisco (50), Chicago (52) and Boston (79). No chance.

And there is also no chance that SFO should be that low on the list. It's as bad as NYC!

Quoting PPVRA (Thread starter):
58 (60) Argel (Argelia) 81,9

huh????


25 MAH4546 : There are so many more factors than just that. Just because you visited and the food is cheap, doesn't mean everything else is. A new Subaru costs ne
26 FlyLondon : Its got nothing to do with that. The list is complied by Mercer HR consulting from the purposes of calculating how much it costs for EXPATS to live i
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