Wednesday, October 27, 2010

International Cost of Living Rankings - September 2010

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 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.


 


Figures used in this report were taken from Xpatulator.com’s cost of living database as at 1 September 2010. The above ranks are based on the overall cost of living index using all 13 basket groups with New York as the base city (Cost of living index = 100).


 


The full September 2010 list of all 300 international locations using all 13 basket groups is as follows:


 


September 2010 Rank Country, City


1 Japan, Tokyo
2 Venezuela, Caracas
3 China, Hong Kong
4 Japan, Osaka
5 Brazil, Sao Paulo
6 Japan, Nagoya
7 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
8 Switzerland, Geneva
9 Russia, Moscow
10 Switzerland, Zurich
11 Japan, Yokohama
12 Norway, Oslo
13 Brazil, Brasilia
14 Angola, Luanda
15 China, Shanghai
16 Denmark, Copenhagen
17 Liechtenstein, Vaduz
18 Bahamas, Nassau
19 United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
20 Singapore, Singapore
21 USA, New York NY
22 Australia, Sydney
23 United Kingdom, London
24 Korea Republic of, Seoul
25 Australia, Canberra
26 France, Paris
27 Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
28 Qatar, Doha
29 Monaco, Monaco
30 Vanuatu, Port Vila
31 Canada, Toronto
32 Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain
33 Nigeria, Lagos
34 Jersey, Saint Helier
35 Russia, St. Petersburg
36 Bermuda, Hamilton
37 Solomon Islands, Honiara
38 Taiwan, Taipei
39 Australia, Melbourne
40 Australia, Perth
41 Azerbaijan, Baku
42 Canada, Vancouver
43 Guernsey, St Peter Port
44 Austria, Vienna
45 Germany, Munich
46 Kiribati, South Tarawa
47 Bahrain, Manama
48 Isle of Man, Douglas
49 Italy, Milan
50 United Kingdom, Glasgow
51 Gabon, Libreville
52 Finland, Helsinki
53 Canada, Calgary
54 Falkland Islands, Stanley
55 Sudan, Khartoum
56 Germany, Frankfurt
57 Italy, Rome
58 Micronesia, Palikir
59 Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
60 United Arab Emirates, Dubai
61 Cayman Islands, George Town
62 Chad, NDjamena
63 USA, San Francisco Calif
64 Saint Helena, Jamestown
65 Croatia, Zagreb
66 USA, Boston Mass
67 Germany, Cologne
68 Turkey, Istanbul
69 Canada, Montreal
70 United Kingdom, Birmingham
71 Belgium, Brussels
72 New Caledonia, Noumea
73 Mali, Bamako
74 Netherlands, Amsterdam
75 United Kingdom, Leeds
76 Slovakia, Bratislava
77 USA, Washington DC
78 Indonesia, Jakarta
79 San Marino, San Marino
80 Central African Republic, Bangui
81 Germany, Hamburg
82 Israel, Jerusalem
83 Australia, Brisbane
84 USA, San Jose Calif
85 Estonia, Tallinn
86 Ireland, Dublin
87 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
88 Kazakhstan, Almaty
89 Sierra Leone, Freetown
90 Iceland, Reykjavik
91 Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome
92 Germany, Berlin
93 Germany, Bonn
94 India, Mumbai
95 Jamaica, Kingston
96 Djibouti, Djibouti
97 United Kingdom, Belfast
98 Congo, Brazzaville
99 USA, Anchorage AK
100 USA, Philadelphia Pa
101 Uruguay, Montevideo
102 New Zealand, Auckland
103 Liberia, Monrovia
104 Canada, Ottawa
105 Spain, Madrid
106 France, Lyon
107 Colombia, Bogota
108 Barbados, Bridgetown
109 Sweden, Stockholm
110 Martinique, Fort-de-France
111 Czech Republic, Prague
112 Cameroon, Douala
113 Australia, Adelaide
114 Vatican City, Vatican City
115 Turkey, Ankara
116 China, Beijing
117 Puerto Rico, San Juan
118 Nauru, Yaren
119 Lebanon, Beirut
120 Zambia, Lusaka
121 USA, Los Angeles Calif
122 France, Marseille
123 Cameroon, Yaounde
124 Cook Islands, Avarua
125 Spain, Barcelona
126 Guam, Hagatna
127 India, New Delhi
128 Samoa, Apia
129 India, Chennai
130 India, Calcutta
131 Ghana, Accra
132 Marshall Islands, Majuro
133 Cote DIvoire, Abidjan
134 Greenland, Nuuk
135 Maldives, Male
136 Hungary, Budapest
137 Malawi, Lilongwe
138 Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
139 USA, San Diego Calif
140 Rwanda, Kigali
141 Palestinian Territories, West Bank
142 India, Hyderabad
143 USA, Chicago Ill
144 Chile, Santiago
145 USA, Portland Ore
146 Syria, Damascus
147 Malta, Velletta
148 Peru, Lima
149 Tuvalu, Funafuti
150 Namibia, Windhoek
151 USA, Baltimore Md
152 Ukraine, Kiev
153 South Africa, Johannesburg
154 Portugal, Lisbon
155 USA, Seattle Wash
156 Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
157 Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre
158 Iran, Tehran
159 Togo, Lome
160 India, Bangalore
161 USA, Miami Fla
162 Guinea, Conakry
163 Kuwait, Kuwait City
164 Senegal, Dakar
165 Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
166 Comores, Moroni
167 Timor-Leste, Dili
168 Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan
169 Cape Verde, Praia
170 Philippines, Manila
171 Madagascar, Antananarivo
172 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
173 Thailand, Bangkok
174 Mexico, Mexico City
175 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown
176 Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
177 Andorra, Andorra la Vella
178 Greece, Athens
179 French Polynesia, Papeete
180 Guatemala, Guatemala City
181 Lithuania, Vilnius
182 Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi
183 Somalia, Mogadishu
184 USA, Phoenix Ariz
185 Honduras, Tegucigalpa
186 Montenegro, Podgorica
187 South Africa, Pretoria
188 Egypt, Cairo
189 Guyana, Georgetown
190 USA, Las Vegas Nev
191 South Africa, Cape Town
192 Poland, Warsaw
193 Armenia, Yerevan
194 Afghanistan, Kabul
195 Haiti, Port-au-Prince
196 Gibraltar, Gibraltar
197 Cuba, Havana
198 Cyprus, Nicosia
199 Jordan, Amman
200 Fiji, Suva
201 USA, Detroit Mich
202 Benin, Cotonou
203 USA, Denver Colo
204 Grenada, Saint Georges
205 Palau, Melekeok
206 Seychelles, Victoria
207 Panama, Panama City
208 South Africa, Durban
209 USA, Cleveland Ohio
210 Costa Rica, San Jose
211 Kenya, Nairobi
212 Belarus, Minsk
213 Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre
214 USA, Atlanta GA
215 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
216 Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan
217 USA, Charlotte NC
218 Iraq, Baghdad
219 Algeria, Algiers
220 Dominica, Roseau
221 Oman, Muscat
222 USA, Jacksonville Fla
223 Gambia, Banjul
224 Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Johns
225 USA, Milwaukee Wis
226 Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
227 Eritrea, Asmara
228 USA, Pittsburgh Penn
229 Botswana, Gaborone
230 Mozambique, Maputo
231 French Guiana, Cayenne
232 Serbia, Belgrade
233 Niger, Niamey
234 Slovenia, Ljubljana
235 USA, Tampa Fla
236 China, Wuhan
237 China, Shenzhen
238 Latvia, Riga
239 Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
240 USA, Dallas Tex
241 Vietnam, Hanoi
242 USA, Fort Worth Tex
243 Laos, Vientiane
244 USA, San Antonio Tex
245 Moldova, Chisinau
246 USA, Houston Tex
247 China, Dalian
248 Nicaragua, Managua
249 Burundi, Bujumbura
250 Belize, Belmopan
251 USA, Columbus Ohio
252 USA, St Louis MO
253 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
254 China, Macao
255 Romania, Bucharest
256 Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
257 USA, Austin Tex
258 Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
259 Macedonia, Skopje
260 El Salvador, San Salvador
261 Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City
262 Mauritania, Nouakchott
263 Bangladesh, Dhaka
264 USA, El Paso Tex
265 Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
266 Mauritius, Port Louis
267 Saint Lucia, Castries
268 USA, Memphis Tenn
269 Argentina, Buenos Aires
270 Paraguay, Asuncion
271 Kosovo, Pristina
272 Ecuador, Quito
273 Myanmar, Yangon
274 China, Guangzhou
275 Lesotho, Maseru
276 Pakistan, Lahore
277 Morocco, Rabat
278 Bulgaria, Sofia
279 USA, Indianapolis Ind
280 Swaziland, Mbabane
281 China, Tianjin
282 Zimbabwe, Harare
283 Pakistan, Islamabad
284 Nepal, Kathmandu
285 Suriname, Paramaribo
286 Albania, Tirana
287 Uzbekistan, Tashkent
288 Pakistan, Karachi
289 Uganda, Kampala
290 Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang
291 Tajikistan, Dushanbe
292 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
293 Libya, Tripoli
294 Bolivia, La Paz
295 Cambodia, Phnom Penh
296 Sri Lanka, Colombo
297 Tunisia, Tunis
298 Bhutan, Thimphu
299 Tonga, NukuAlofa
300 Yemen, Sanaa