Miscellaneous Items Cost of Living July 2012

The top 10 Most expensive places – Miscellaneous Items Basket which includes Domestic Help, Dry Cleaning, Linen, Office Supplies, Newspapers and Magazines and Postage Stamps:

  1. Russia, Moscow
  2. Russia, Vladivostok
  3. Russia, Kaliningrad
  4. Russia, Nizhny Novgorod
  5. Russia, St. Petersburg
  6. Russia, Novosibirsk
  7. Eritrea, Asmara
  8. Russia, Yekaterinburg
  9. Russia, Samara
  10. Russia, Kazan

The average cost of miscellaneous items basket in Moscow is double that of London and triple what an expatriate would pay in Hong Kong.

The full July 2012 Miscellaneous Items Basket cost of living rank for all international locations can be found here.

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Xpatulator.com’s cost of living data is based on prices for the same quantity and quality of goods and services, representative of expatriate lifestyle, in each city. The data is collected and updated on a quarterly basis. The cost of living data is used by Xpatulator.com clients to calculate salary purchasing power parity, cost of living allowances, and customized (i.e. clients can select their own base city) cost of living indexes for expatriate assignments online, using Xpatulator.com’s 3 premium content calculators.

The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets):

1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products.

3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls.

4. Education (5%): Creche/Nursery/Pre-school Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees.

5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances.

6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials.

7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions.

8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes.

9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services.

10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services.

11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets.

12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food).

13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance.

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Founded in 2007, Xpatulator.com’s mission is to organize the world’s cost of living indices, exchange rates and relative hardship indices and make it accessible and useful to all.

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