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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