International Cost of Living Comparison – Global Trends

International Cost of Living Comparison – Global Trends

The ongoing impact of the credit crisis, slowing global economies, falling house prices, global stock market and exchange rate volatility, together with the US dollar strengthening against most currencies are all factors contributing to a major change in the global cost of living rankings.

The International Cost of Living Comparison comprises indexes for each of 276 global locations. The indexes are calculated using the prices for specific quantities of the same goods and services in each location, based on expatriate spending patterns across 13 broad categories (Basket Groups).

The latest international cost of living ranking, together with the overall cost of living index is as follows: 

Rank      Location (Overall Cost of Living Index New York=100)

1               Japan, Tokyo (126.03)

2               Norway, Oslo (123.74)

3               Denmark, Copenhagen (121.11)

4               Switzerland, Geneva (119.59)

5               Brazil, Brasilia (118.53)

6               United Kingdom, London (118.23)

7               Greenland, Nuuk (117.14)

8               Switzerland, Zurich (116.18)

9               Hungary, Budapest (114.36)

10             Russia, Moscow (113.41)

11             Nigeria, Lagos (112.69)

12             Ireland, Dublin (112.65)

13             New Caledonia, Noumea (112.43)

14             France, Paris (112.38)

15             Chad, N’Djamena (111.3)

16             Italy, Milan (111.19)

17             Cameroon, Douala (111.06)

18             Liechtenstein, Vaduz (110.89)

19             San Marino, San Marino (110.78)

20             Monaco, Monaco (109.83)

21             Czech Republic, Prague (109.81)

22             Austria, Vienna (109.68)

23             Slovakia, Bratislava (109.31)

24             Isle of Man, Douglas (108.97)

25             Poland, Warsaw (107.63)

26             Bermuda, Hamilton (107.53)

27             Italy, Rome (107.29)

28             Finland, Helsinki (107.07)

29             Australia, Sydney (106.52)

30             USA, San Francisco Calif (104.53)

31             Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan (104.4)

32             Venezuela, Caracas (104.02)

33             China, Hong Kong (103.43)

34             United Arab Emirates, Dubai (103.36)

35             Croatia, Zagreb (103.29)

36             Angola, Luanda (103.27)

37             Belgium, Brussels (103.19)

38             Netherlands, Amsterdam (102.33)

39             Jersey, Saint Helier (102.24)

40             Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (102.22)

41             Korea Republic of, Seoul (101.94)

42             Iceland, Reykjavík (101.66)

43             Ukraine, Kiev (101.2)

44             Guernsey, St Peter Port (100.68)

45             Qatar, Doha (100.64)

46             Central African Republic, Bangui (100.58)

47             Spain, Madrid (100.26)

48             USA, San Jose Calif (100.13)

49             Falkland Islands, Stanley (100)

50             USA, New York NY (100)

51             Sweden, Stockholm (99.76)

52             USA, Boston Mass (99.63)

53             Cameroon, Yaounde (98.84)

54             Mali, Bamako (98.74)

55             Benin, Cotonou (98.6)

56             Germany, Berlin (98.18)

57             Micronesia, Palikir (97.98)

58             Gabon, Libreville (97.77)

59             Canada, Toronto (97.39)

60             Germany, Bonn (96.38)

61             Vatican City, Vatican City (96.23)

62             Australia, Melbourne (95.88)

63             Australia, Canberra (95.88)

64             Estonia, Tallinn (95.08)

65             Turkey, Ankara (94.87)

66             Singapore, Singapore (94.6)

67             Guinea-Bissau, Bissau (94.24)

68             USA, Los Angeles Calif (93.93)

69             Palau, Melekeok (93.85)

70             Luxembourg, Luxembourg (93.77)

71             Canada, Vancouver (93.48)

72             Portugal, Lisbon (92.84)

73             Australia, Perth (92.82)

74             Germany, Frankfurt (92.81)

75             Azerbaijan, Baku (92.76)

76             Gibraltar, Gibraltar (92.33)

77             Comores, Moroni (92.04)

78             USA, Washington DC (91.8)

79             USA, Philadelphia Pa (91.49)

80             Nauru, Yaren (91.16)

81             Kazakhstan, Almaty (90.99)

82             Bahrain, Manama (90.82)

83             USA, San Diego Calif (90.7)

84             Bahamas, Nassau (90.63)

85             Togo, Lome (90.11)

86             Taiwan, Taipei (90.07)

87             Haiti, Port-au-Prince (90)

88             Senegal, Dakar (89.57)

89             Saint Helena, Jamestown (89.26)

90             USA, Baltimore Md (89.25)

91             United Kingdom, Glasgow (88.88)

92             Djibouti, Djibouti (88.45)

93             Niger, Niamey (88.38)

94             Zambia, Lusaka (88.36)

95             USA, Seattle Wash (88.3)

96             Andorra, Andorra la Vella (88.13)

97             Vietnam, Hanoi (88.03)

98             Tonga, Nuku’Alofa (87.34)

99             Gambia, Banjul (87.23)

100           United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (87.16)

101           Cayman Islands, George Town (86.81)

102           Sudan, Khartoum (86.64)

103           Greece, Athens (86.59)

104           Barbados, Bridgetown (86.5)

105           USA, Portland Ore (86.1)

106           Sierra Leone, Freetown (85.92)

107           Equatorial Guinea, Malabo (85.89)

108           USA, Chicago Ill (85.73)

109           Romania, Bucharest (85.55)

110           USA, Miami Fla (85.54)

111           Marshall Islands, Majuro (85.41)

112           Cyprus, Nicosia (85.26)

113           Malta, Velletta (84.99)

114           Moldova, Chisinau (84.89)

115           Ghana, Accra (84.89)

116           United Kingdom, Birmingham (84.76)

117           Canada, Montreal (84.37)

118           Algeria, Algiers (84.01)

119           Israel, Jerusalem (83.82)

120           Australia, Brisbane (83.29)

121           Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou (82.92)

122           Lebanon, Beirut (82.74)

123           Jordan, Amman (82.41)

124           Guinea, Conakry (82.16)

125           Jamaica, Kingston (82.11)

126           Philippines, Manila (82.07)

127           Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi (82.03)

128           Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa (81.84)

129           Seychelles, Victoria (81.78)

130           Indonesia, Jakarta (81.76)

131           USA, Las Vegas Nev (81.75)

132           Lithuania, Vilnius (81.67)

133           Vanuatu, Port Vila (81.35)

134           Grenada, Saint George’s (81.23)

135           Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain (81.13)

136           Mozambique, Maputo (80.82)

137           New Zealand, Auckland (80.71)

138           Samoa, Apia (80.64)

139           Congo, Brazzaville (80.14)

140           Armenia, Yerevan (80.13)

141           Albania, Tirana (80.1)

142           Martinique, Fort-de-France (80.09)

143           Latvia, Riga (79.92)

144           Thailand, Bangkok (79.86)

145           Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome (79.79)

146           USA, Denver Colo (79.74)

147           China, Beijing (79.73)

148           Fiji, Suva (78.99)

149           Slovenia, Ljubljana (78.85)

150           Canada, Ottawa (78.82)

151           Tuvalu, Funafuti (78.78)

152           Myanmar, Yangon (78.51)

153           Puerto Rico, San Juan (78.49)

154           Kenya, Nairobi (78.4)

155           USA, Phoenix Ariz (78.26)

156           Mauritius, Port Louis (78.25)

157           Madagascar, Antananarivo (78.24)

158           USA, Tampa Fla (78.22)

159           Serbia, Belgrade (78.13)

160           Kiribati, South Tarawa (78.06)

161           Guam, Hagatna (77.8)

162           Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan (77.72)

163           Uruguay, Montevideo (77.41)

164           Colombia, Bogota (77.23)

165           USA, Atlanta GA (76.99)

166           Morocco, Rabat (76.93)

167           USA, Milwaukee Wis (76.77)

168           Paraguay, Asuncion (76.49)

169           Mexico, Mexico City (76.13)

170           USA, Columbus Ohio (76.06)

171           India, Mumbai (76.04)

172           Tanzania, Dar es Salaam (76)

173           Solomon Islands, Honiara (75.93)

174           USA, Cleveland Ohio (75.84)

175           USA, Detroit Mich (75.74)

176           Liberia, Monrovia (75.63)

177           USA, Austin Tex (75.57)

178           USA, Dallas Tex (75.47)

179           USA, Jacksonville Fla (75.47)

180           Australia, Adelaide (75.39)

181           Kuwait, Kuwait City (75.22)

182           Bulgaria, Sofia (75.14)

183           Saudi Arabia, Riyadh (75.08)

184           USA, Pittsburgh Penn (74.54)

185           Timor-Leste, Dili (74.29)

186           Iran, Tehran (74.24)

187           USA, Indianapolis Ind (74.13)

188           USA, Fort Worth Tex (73.64)

189           Somalia, Mogadishu (73.49)

190           Maldives, Male (73.48)

191           USA, Charlotte NC (73.47)

192           USA, Houston Tex (73.36)

193           Chile, Santiago (73.01)

194           Mauritania, Nouakchott (72.99)

195           Botswana, Gaberone (72.86)

196           Cape Verde, Praia (72.81)

197           USA, El Paso Tex (72.61)

198           Uganda, Kampala (72.25)

199           Afghanistan, Kabul (72.13)

200           Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John’s (72.04)

201           USA, St Louis MO (71.93)

202           Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (71.82)

203           Peru, Lima (71.7)

204           Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang (71.62)

205           Kosovo, Pristina (71.55)

206           India, New Delhi (71.4)

207           Belarus, Minsk (71.28)

208           Malawi, Lilongwe (71.24)

209           Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre (71.07)

210           USA, Memphis Tenn (71.02)

211           India, Chennai (70.76)

212           Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek (70.29)

213           Burundi, Bujumbura (70.07)

214           Macedonia, Skopje (70.02)

215           USA, San Antonio Tex (70.02)

216           Guatemala, Guatemala City (69.74)

217           Honduras, Tegucigalpa (69.57)

218           Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown (69.5)

219           Canada, Calgary (69.46)

220           India, Calcutta (69.31)

221           India, Hyderabad (68.85)

222           Dominica, Roseau (68.79)

223           Rwanda, Kigali (68.75)

224           Panama, Panama City (68.58)

225           Guyana, Georgetown (68.58)

226           China, Shanghai (68.48)

227           Syria, Damascus (67.99)

228           Montenegro, Podgorica (67.75)

229           Laos, Vientiane (67.43)

230           Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (66.87)

231           Cuba, Havana (66.61)

232           Belize, Belmopan (66.33)

233           Nicaragua, Managua (65.89)

234           Nepal, Kathmandu (65.67)

235           Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo (64.93)

236           Tunisia, Tunis (64.87)

237           Suriname, Paramaribo (64.75)

238           India, Bangalore (64.56)

239           South Africa, Johannesburg (64.51)

240           Costa Rica, San Jose (64.47)

241           Egypt, Cairo (64.18)

242           El Salvador, San Salvador (63.34)

243           Swaziland, Mbabane (63.11)

244           Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (62.85)

245           South Africa, Pretoria (62.71)

246           Oman, Muscat (61.61)

247           Saint Lucia, Castries (61.2)

248           Pakistan, Lahore (59.48)

249           Tajikistan, Dushanbe (59.25)

250           South Africa, Cape Town (58.99)

251           Namibia, Windhoek (58.89)

252           Sri Lanka, Colombo (58.51)

253           Pakistan, Islamabad (58.33)

254           Iraq, Baghdad (58.25)

255           Pakistan, Karachi (57.72)

256           Lesotho, Maseru (57.49)

257           Argentina, Buenos Aires (57.46)

258           Bangladesh, Dhaka (57.03)

259           Bhutan, Thimphu (56.78)

260           Bolivia, La Paz (56.66)

261           China, Macao (56.41)

262           South Africa, Durban (56.07)

263           Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (54.35)

264           Ecuador, Quito (53.83)

265           Uzbekistan, Tashkent (53.03)

266           Libya, Tripoli (52.74)

267           China, Shenzhen (51.65)

268           Eritrea, Asmara (50.72)

269           China, Dalian (50.54)

270           China, Wuhan (49.93)

271           China, Guangzhou (47.28)

272           Cambodia, Phnom Penh (45.65)

273           Yemen, Sanaa (45.6)

274           Turkmenistan, Ashgabat (38.77)

275           China, Tianjin (29.5)

276           Zimbabwe, Harare (17.12)



Source by Steven McManus