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Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:07 pm

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.

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:17 pm

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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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:17 pm

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

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:25 pm

Where is Monaco on this list?

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

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:36 pm

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...:(
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:55 pm

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

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:59 pm

Prague? It is a cheap city, you have a lot for nothing there.
But london, yeah, I can understand!

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:00 pm

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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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:35 pm

I thought Dublin would be higher than that.

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:48 pm

I would have thought Bombay [Mumbai] would be much higher up.
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:41 pm

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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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:47 pm

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!

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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:18 pm

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???
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:17 am

lookie lookie...  Wow!

Asuncion is the cheapest city in the world, lol Big grin
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:24 am

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.
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:59 am

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!!
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:57 am

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...:(
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:32 am

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]
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:00 am

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.
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:33 am

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!

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Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:22 am

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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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:12 am

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.
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:28 pm

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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Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:25 pm

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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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:09 pm

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????
 
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:24 am

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 24):

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.

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 nearly double in Tel Aviv than it does in San Francisco. Real estate may be more expensive than in Boston. Imported goods may be taxed to death.

Miami is relatively affordable in certain areas - gasoline and public transportation - but in other areas - real estate and property taxes - it is ridiculously expensive.

Also, with the weak US dollar, America is getting relatively cheaper compared to elsewhere. Only four years ago, Miami was #25 on this list, while San Fran was #17!

[Edited 2005-06-23 23:25:57]
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RE: Most Expensive Cities In The World

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:09 am

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.

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 in each of the cities. This is so when they get their overseas posting this can be used to calculate salary adjustment for the cost of living. As such the factors assest are those which are most relavent to expats, who in general live in the city centres, send their children private school of their home nationality etc. Thats why you get so many people here questioning the positions based on their perceptions of living there.

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