Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo - Asia Pacific Expatriate Cost of Living

What do these three Asia Pacific locations have in common?

They are all on the top of the list of the most expensive expatriate locations to live, in this area.

Hong Kong tops the list as the most expensive location, this is due to the high cost of housing, schooling and limited space available.  Singapore is second, Tokyo comes in third, Sydney fourth and Shanghai fifth.   Australia sees four of its cities in the top ten, these include Sydney fourth (14th worldwide), Canberra sixth (24th overall), Melbourne eighth (29th overall) and Perth tenth (32nd overall).

For full cost of living comparison go here.

Top Ten Cost of Living Comparison over the Last Six Years

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Thinking of Living in The Middle East? Which City Rates as the Most Expensive on the Cost Of Living Rankings?

Considering moving to the Middle East, raises many questions.  Which country are we moving to? Will we cope with the culture change?  How much will our every day living change?  How big is the expat community? What about people from our own country? Are the schools good? Will they have the same schooling system that our children are used to?The questions go on and on....

Interestingly, many people do the basic calculations on how much it will cost to live in the desired city, but many do not take all the relevant costs into account.  Xpatulator.com assists subscribers to calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. Data is collected from 50 types of data sources, including local service providers in each location, international service providers, official governmental statistics and global agency data. The data is thoroughly quality assured and manually checked by Xpatulator Analysts. 

Jerusalem in Israel is ranked as the most expensive city to live in as an expat in the region but ranks 136th worldwide, this is followed by Abu DhabiDoha and Dubai respectively.

For expat's the strong shekel has made imports more expensive, and the relatively high cost of housing has further contributed to Israel becoming the most expensive country, and Jerusalem the most expensive city in the Middle East.

Six Year Top Ten Ranking Comparison:

For the full listing go here.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Living In Africa As An Expat? Where Does The City You Live In Rank On The Cost Of Living Scale?

Although Africa is perceived as one of the poorest continents in the world with a low cost of living for locals, the cost for expatriates due to the transportation and importation of products as well as accommodation make many of the cities here extremely expensive to live in.

LuandaAngola remains at the top of the list due to its high cost for accommodation, imported produce and international schooling. Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) is the second most expensive city in Africa, and N'Djamena in Chad third, with the cheapest being Tunis in Tunisia.

Top Ten Cost of Living Ranking Comparisons:

For the full list for Africa go here.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015 Sees Changes in Cost of Living Rankings?

It is no surprise that rampant inflation, product shortages and tight government controls on foreign exchange have kept Caracas in Venezuela as the most expensive global expat city to live in.
What are the other changes that have occurred over the last quarter into 2015 around the world?

Xpatulator.com's 2015 Quarterly Cost of Living Top Ten Rankings :

Xpatulator.com's survey covers 780 locations (countries and cities) across 5 continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, grouped into cost of living baskets such as household costs, transport costs, grocery costs, clothing costs etc.

For the full listing go here.

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