International Cost of Living Q2 2021

World’s most expensive places in April 2021. Cost of living indexes (New York = 100) :

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Sample of other places

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International Cost of Living Index 2021
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International Cost of Living Q1 2021

Singapore is the most expensive city in the world for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cost of living index of 139.78. Singapore’s education system, which is widely regarded as the best in the world, is also the most expensive for expatriates when priced in US Dollars, the cost of housing is also extremely high due to the limited space and premium on high quality expatriate accommodation, while the complex Certificate of Entitlement system makes car prices excessive, resulting in Singapore’s transport costs being amongst the highest in the world.

International City Cost of Living for Expatriate Professional Migrants

International Cost of Living Index 2021

Africa Expat Cost of Living Comparison

Overall African countries are some of the poorest and least developed in the world, with relatively low local cost of living expenses; however the cost of importing and transporting the international standard of goods that expatriates expect to purchase in the cities in this region makes it extremely expensive to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.

Africa Cost of Living 2021

America Expat Cost of Living Comparison

Overall American countries and cities are extremely diverse ranging from the most developed, wealthy, technologically advanced and urbanised, through to some of the poorest, least developed as well as remote locations in the world, with a corresponding wide range in the cost of living. The cost of living is very high in high density, popular locations where demand for limited space, goods and services (housing, transport, education etc) often exceeds supply such as in San Francisco, Manhattan and San Jose. However in the most remote as well as in the poorest, least developed locations, the cost of importing, transporting and providing the international standard of goods and services that expatriates demand, also make them extremely expensive locations to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.

America Cost of Living 2021

Asia Pacific Expat Cost of Living Comparison

Asia Pacific has 2 of the 3 most expensive cities in the world. The cost of living for expats is particularly high in densely populated, popular wealthy locations where the demand for limited space, goods and services (housing, transport, education etc) exceeds supply such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

Asia Pacific Cost of Living 2021

Europe Expat Cost of Living Comparison

With a few exceptions, the most expensive cities in Europe are mostly the Non-Euro countries.

The euro is the second most traded currency in the world, managed by one central bank, the European Central Bank. The cost of living is generally more reasonable in the larger countries in Europe who use the euro as their currency. Their larger companies produce more at a lower cost, thus benefiting from economies of scale. They export their cheaper goods to the less-developed eurozone nations. Smaller companies in smaller European countries find it difficult to compete with relatively low prices. On the other hand the euro allows countries with weaker or smaller economies to enjoy lower interest rates because the euro isn’t as risky to investors as a currency with less demand. Over the years, lower interest rates have led to more foreign investment. This has boosted the smaller nations’ economies.

Europe Cost of Living 2021

Middle East Expat Cost of Living Comparison

Overall Middle East countries have average local cost of living levels; however the cost of importing and transporting the international standard of goods that expatriates expect to purchase in the cities in this region can make it relatively expensive to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.

Middle East Cost of Living 2021

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International Cost of Living – October 2020

Hong Kong is the most expensive city for Expats in the world with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 139.14 (New York =100).

Hong_Kong Cost of Living

Singapore is the second most expensive city in the world for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cot of living index of 138.52.

Singapore Cost of Living

A Cost of Living Index (COLI) is a numerical way of comparing cost of living, either over time, or by comparing the cost of living in different geographical locations. When comparing the cost of living between different locations the difference in the cost of living is expressed as an index by dividing the cost of living in Location A by the cost of living in Location B. The cost of living index indicates the difference in the cost of living between the two locations. In the graphics, the COLI for each location is the result of dividing each locations cost of living by the cost of living in New York NY (USA) using all 13 basket groups. New York therefore has a COLI of 100.

Khartoum in Sudan is the most expensive city for Expatriate’s to live, in the African region as at October 2020, with an overall cot of living index of 92.91.

Khartoum Cost of Living

Africa cost of living

San Francisco CA is the most expensive city for Expats in America with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 114.12.

San Francisco CA Cost of Living

America cost of living

Asia-Pacific cost of living

Monaco is the most expensive city in Europe for Expatriate’s to live with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 119.61.

Monaco Cost of Living

Europe cost of living

Jerusalem is the most expensive city for Expats in the Middle East with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 97.4.

Jerusalem Cost of Living

Middle East cost of living

The most expensive place in the world for each of the 13 baskets is as follows.

Alcohol and TobaccoDoha

ClothingSingapore

CommunicationAsmara

EducationSingapore

Furniture and AppliancesAshgabat

GroceriesSingapore

HealthcareAnchorage

Household AccommodationHong Kong

MiscellaneousSingapore

Personal CareManhattan

Recreation and CultureKhartoum

Restaurants, Meals Out and HotelsZurich

TransportCastries

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International Cost of Living – July 2020

Hong Kong is the most expensive city for Expats in the world as at July 2020, mainly due to extremely high housing costs (which counts for around 30% of the overall cost of living for most Expats), with limited space available making rentals high.

Hong_Kong Cost of Living

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More on global country cost of living.

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The latest international inflation data for every country in the world as reported in July 2020.

Kinshasa in the DRC is the most expensive city to live in the African region as at July 2020.

Africa Cost of Living History

New York (Manhattan) NY is the most expensive location in the Americas as at July 2020.

America Cost of Living History

Hong Kong is the most expensive city for Expats in Asia-Pacific as at July 2020.

Asia Pacific Cost of Living History

Zurich is Europe‘s most expensive city.

Europe Cost of Living History

Jerusalem in Israel is the most expensive place for expats in the Middle East as at July 2020.

Middle East Cost of Living History
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International Cost of Living – May 2020

The world has changed dramatically in the past few months and we will continue to experience rapid change in the months to come. Without a vaccine that works long-term, there is no return to “normal”. There is only life with coronavirus.

Hong Kong is the most expensive place as at May 2020 mainly due to the very high cost of housing and healthcare, followed by Singapore.

Most Expensive Countries – States in 2020. The list includes all countries, including US States for comparative purposes with the cost of living rank (1 most expensive: 265 cheapest).

The top 10 most expensive cities in the world for an Expat as at April 2020 are as follows:

International City Cost of Living. Top 400 City Rankings using the overall cost of living index of all 13 cost of living baskets (1 most expensive: 400 cheapest).

Latest International Inflation Rates.

Personal Income Tax Rates Worldwide.

International Hardship / Quality of Living Premium Locations

 

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What is the most expensive country in the world for Expatriates in 2020?

Zimbabwe is the most expensive country for Expatriates to live in due to the current economic crisis. Hong Kong is the second most expensive country due to the very high cost of housing and healthcare. Singapore is the third most expensive country. Singapore’s education system, which is widely regarded as the best in the world, is also the most expensive for expatriates when priced in US Dollars.

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Asia Pacific Expat Cost of Living Comparison 2020

Asia Pacific has 3 cities in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world. The Cost of Living Index (COLI) for cities in Asia Pacific is the result of dividing each locations cost of living by the cost of living in New York NY (USA) using all 13 basket groups. New York therefore has a COLI of 100 for global comparison purposes.

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What is most expensive city in America in 2020?

San Francisco CA is the most expensive location in the Americas as at January 2020. American countries and cities are extremely diverse ranging from the most developed, wealthy and technologically advanced, through to some of the poorest and least developed in the world, with a corresponding wide range in local cost of living.

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Africa Expat Cost of Living Comparison 2020

The top 10 most expensive cities in Africa for an Expat as at January 2020. Overall African countries are some of the poorest and least developed in the world, with relatively low local cost of living expenses; however the cost of importing and transporting the international standard of goods that expatriates expect to purchase in the cities in this region makes it extremely expensive to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.

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What is most expensive city in Africa in 2020?

Prices are out of control. Wage purchasing power has plummeted due to food and fuel prices soaring. Foreign currency shortages have got even worse than before. Inflation is now over 500%…….it is now the most expensive city in Africa and the world in 2020.

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