Expatistan's Cost of Living World Map

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This map shows only the top cities in the world. We also have a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been stablished, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Expatistan Cost of Living Index

Ranking City Price Index *
1 Zurich (Switzerland) 312
2 San Francisco, California (United States) 311
3 Geneva (Switzerland) 307
4 Washington D.C. (United States) 302
5 London (United Kingdom) 300
6 New York City (United States) 298
7 Hong Kong (Hong Kong) 283
8 Singapore (Singapore) 280
9 Oslo (Norway) 257
10 Chicago, Illinois (United States) 252
11 Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 251
12 Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 242
13 Wellington (New Zealand) 239
14 Perth (Australia) 237
15 Tokyo (Japan) 235
16 Los Angeles, California (United States) 233
17 Sydney (Australia) 233
18 Seattle, Washington (United States) 231
19 Melbourne (Australia) 230
20 Oakland, California (United States) 228
21 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 227
22 Brisbane (Australia) 224
23 Paris (France) 220
24 Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 219
25 Adelaide (Australia) 217
26 Auckland (New Zealand) 214
27 Dublin (Ireland) 214
28 Denver, Colorado (United States) 213
29 Copenhagen (Denmark) 209
30 San Diego, California (United States) 208
31 Christchurch (New Zealand) 207
32 Sacramento, California (United States) 206
33 Stockholm (Sweden) 205
34 Toronto (Canada) 203
35 Luxembourg (Luxembourg) 203
36 Houston, Texas (United States) 202
37 Reykjavik (Iceland) 202
38 Amsterdam (Netherlands) 201
39 Aarhus (Denmark) 201
40 Portland, Oregon (United States) 201
41 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 200
42 Austin, Texas (United States) 200
43 Calgary (Canada) 199
44 Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 199
45 Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 199
46 Helsinki (Finland) 199
47 Dallas, Texas (United States) 196
48 Tel Aviv (Israel) 195
49 Vancouver (Canada) 194
50 Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 193
51 Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 193
52 Seoul (South Korea) 193
53 Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 193
54 Rotterdam (Netherlands) 191
55 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 190
56 Manchester (United Kingdom) 188
57 Richmond, Virginia (United States) 185
58 The Hague (Netherlands) 184
59 Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 184
60 Brussels (Belgium) 181
61 Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 180
62 Glasgow (United Kingdom) 180
63 Munich (Germany) 180
64 Edmonton (Canada) 179
65 Eindhoven (Netherlands) 177
66 Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 177
67 Düsseldorf (Germany) 177
68 Bonn (Germany) 177
69 Belfast (United Kingdom) 176
70 Cork (Ireland) 176
71 Ottawa (Canada) 175
72 Shanghai (China) 175
73 Halifax (Canada) 175
74 Hamburg (Germany) 174
75 Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 173
76 Rome (Italy) 173
77 Tampa, Florida (United States) 173
78 Columbus, Ohio (United States) 173
79 Orlando, Florida (United States) 173
80 Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 173
81 San Juan (Puerto Rico) 172
82 Milan (Italy) 171
83 Gothenburg (Sweden) 170
84 San Antonio, California (United States) 168
85 Montreal (Canada) 168
86 Florence (Italy) 167
87 Galway (Ireland) 164
88 Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 164
89 Winnipeg (Canada) 164
90 Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 164
91 Vienna (Austria) 164
92 Detroit, Michigan (United States) 164
93 Stuttgart (Germany) 163
94 Nottingham (United Kingdom) 163
95 Quebec City (Canada) 162
96 Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada) 161
97 Rochester, New York (United States) 160
98 Berlin (Germany) 159
99 San Antonio, Texas (United States) 158
100 Genoa (Italy) 158
101 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 156
102 Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 155
103 Barcelona (Spain) 155
104 São Paulo (Brazil) 154
105 Madrid (Spain) 154
106 Moscow (Russia) 151
107 Beijing (China) 150
108 San Jose (Costa Rica) 150
109 Bologna (Italy) 149
110 Manama (Bahrain) 149
111 Amman (Jordan) 148
112 Montevideo (Uruguay) 148
113 Brescia (Italy) 147
114 Turin (Italy) 145
115 Trieste (Italy) 145
116 Santiago (Chile) 145
117 Graz (Austria) 144
118 Naples (Italy) 143
119 Verona (Italy) 140
120 Bhisho (South Africa) 138
121 Istanbul (Turkey) 138
122 Catania (Italy) 137
123 Palermo (Italy) 135
124 Ljubljana (Slovenia) 135
125 Bari (Italy) 135
126 Nairobi (Kenya) 134
127 Brasília (Brazil) 134
128 Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 132
129 Almaty (Kazakhstan) 131
130 Bangkok (Thailand) 131
131 Lima (Peru) 128
132 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 127
133 Athens (Greece) 126
134 Campinas (Brazil) 125
135 Johannesburg (South Africa) 125
136 Belo Horizonte (Brazil) 125
137 Lisbon (Portugal) 124
138 Niterói (Brazil) 124
139 Baku (Azerbaijan) 124
140 Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) 123
141 Florianopolis (Brazil) 123
142 Guatemala City (Guatemala) 122
143 Split (Croatia) 121
144 Jakarta (Indonesia) 120
145 Goiânia (Brazil) 120
146 Seville (Spain) 120
147 Mexico City (Mexico) 118
148 Curitiba (Brazil) 118
149 Balneario Camboriu (Brazil) 118
150 São José dos Campos (Brazil) 118
151 Recife (Brazil) 118
152 Saint Petersburg (Russia) 117
153 Manila (Philippines) 116
154 Porto Alegre (Brazil) 116
155 Oporto (Portugal) 116
156 Bogotá (Colombia) 116
157 Pattaya (Thailand) 115
158 Cape Town (South Africa) 114
159 Zagreb - Centar (Croatia) 114
160 Pretoria (South Africa) 114
161 Salvador (Brazil) 113
162 Zagreb (Croatia) 113
163 Warsaw (Poland) 113
164 Monterrey (Mexico) 110
165 Dubrovnik (Croatia) 109
166 Podgorica (Montenegro) 105
167 Fortaleza (Brazil) 105
168 Zadar (Croatia) 104
169 Medellín (Colombia) 102
170 Ankara (Turkey) 100
171 Prague (Czech Republic) 100
172 Budapest (Hungary) 99
173 Wrocław (Poland) 97
174 Bucharest (Romania) 95
175 Belgrade (Serbia) 95
176 Osijek (Croatia) 94
177 Cairo (Egypt) 93
178 Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 91
179 Mumbai (India) 91
180 Łódź (Poland) 88
181 Murree (Pakistan) 87
182 Tunis (Tunisia) 87
183 Delhi (India) 86
184 Szeged (Hungary) 85
185 Skopje (Macedonia) 85
186 Debrecen (Hungary) 83
187 Sofia (Bulgaria) 83
188 Novi Sad (Serbia) 82
189 Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 82
190 Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 82
191 Brasov (Romania) 80
192 Bangalore (India) 77
193 Pune (India) 68
194 Chişinău (Moldova) 66
195 Madras (India) 66
196 Kolkata (India) 63
197 Bhagyanagar (India) 60

Price Index:

To calculate each cities' Cost of Living Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been stablished, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

What is Expatistan?

Expatistan is a cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world. The comparisons allow you to get a better understanding of the cost of living of any city before you move there.

What makes us unique is that we collect the prices that we use to calculate our cost of living index from visitors like you. Naturally, the more data entered, the more accurate the index and the calculations will be.

That's why we need your help to keep prices accurate and up to date. You can help by entering the prices that you know in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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