Thursday, April 10, 2014

Singapore - Asia’s Most Expensive City - Is the Cost of Success is Too High

Singapore moves up from third in the first quarter of 2014 to the top spot in the Asia Pacific region and fourth overall most expensive cities in the world for foreign workers. 

Singapore reached the top 20 most expensive in the October 2010 Xpatulator rankings rising to 18th in 2011, 20th in 2012 and 14th in 2013 in the same period. It has climbed to reach fourth most expensive in April 2014.

What has fueled this rise in costs? The influx of foreign workers who have been attracted by high paying jobs at one of the more than 7,000 multinational companies located in Singapore. These expats have until now enjoyed a relatively high standard of living.

However, the rising cost of education, transportation and housing are increasing the cost of living for expatriates and threatening the high standard of living with many economists predicting that the pressure for increased wages will push costs even higher. Even though costs are on the rise for foreign workers, the total percentage of expats has risen from 25% in 2000 to 38% in 2013.

Topping the list for the Asia Pacific region are Hong Kong, China - second, Tokyo, Japan - third, Sydney, Australia - fourth and Shanghai, China - fifth. provides up-to-date cost of living data for over 700 locations worldwide.

Top Ten City Rankings for Asia Pacific
  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Tokyo
  4. Sydney
  5. Shanghai
  6. Canberra
  7. Yokohama
  8. Melbourne
  9. Osaka
  10. Perth

For the full cost of living rankings for Asia Pacific go here.

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