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 established, 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 *
1st Zurich (Switzerland) 297
2nd Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) 296
3rd New York City (United States) 286
4th Geneva (Switzerland) 282
5th San Francisco, California (United States) 275
6th Washington D.C. (United States) 264
7th Hong Kong 256
8th Lausanne (Switzerland) 255
9th Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 252
10th Basel (Switzerland) 252
11th Reykjavik (Iceland) 251
12th Bern (Switzerland) 250
13th Oslo (Norway) 244
14th London (United Kingdom) 238
15th San Jose, California (United States) 234
16th Sydney (Australia) 231
17th Tokyo (Japan) 228
18th Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 228
19th Perth (Australia) 228
20th Oakland, California (United States) 225
21st Los Angeles, California (United States) 225
22nd Singapore 225
23rd Copenhagen (Denmark) 224
24th Stavanger (Norway) 220
25th Auckland (New Zealand) 219
26th Brisbane (Australia) 218
27th Melbourne (Australia) 218
28th Seattle, Washington (United States) 217
29th Wellington (New Zealand) 217
30th Dublin (Ireland) 216
31st Doha (Qatar) 215
32nd San Diego, California (United States) 215
33rd Chicago, Illinois (United States) 212
34th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 212
35th Paris (France) 209
36th Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 204
37th Canberra (Australia) 204
38th Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 204
39th Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 204
40th Portland, Oregon (United States) 203
41st Denver, Colorado (United States) 200
42nd Miami, Florida (United States) 200
43rd Sacramento, California (United States) 199
44th Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 198
45th Stockholm (Sweden) 197
46th Tel Aviv (Israel) 196
47th Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 196
48th Amsterdam (Netherlands) 195
49th Toronto (Canada) 193
50th Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 191
51st Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 188
52nd Austin, Texas (United States) 188
53rd Helsinki (Finland) 188
54th Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 187
55th Luxembourg 186
56th Houston, Texas (United States) 184
57th Vancouver (Canada) 183
58th New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 183
59th Adelaide (Australia) 182
60th Brighton and Hove (United Kingdom) 181
61st Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 180
62nd Dallas, Texas (United States) 180
63rd The Hague (Netherlands) 179
64th Cork (Ireland) 178
65th Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 178
66th Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 175
67th Calgary (Canada) 175
68th Düsseldorf (Germany) 175
69th Edmonton (Canada) 175
70th Orlando, Florida (United States) 174
71st Tampa, Florida (United States) 173
72nd Ottawa (Canada) 172
73rd Munich (Germany) 172
74th Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 172
75th Aberdeen (United Kingdom) 171
76th San Juan (Puerto Rico) 170
77th Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 170
78th Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 170
79th Gothenburg (Sweden) 168
80th Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 168
81st Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 167
82nd Hamburg (Germany) 167
83rd St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 167
84th Victoria (Canada) 166
85th Beirut (Lebanon) 166
86th Birmingham (United Kingdom) 166
87th Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 165
88th Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom) 165
89th Milan (Italy) 164
90th Brussels (Belgium) 163
91st Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 162
92nd Columbus, Ohio (United States) 161
93rd Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 160
94th Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 160
95th Lyon (France) 160
96th Seoul (South Korea) 160
97th Cardiff (United Kingdom) 159
98th Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) 159
99th Rome (Italy) 159
100th Manchester (United Kingdom) 159
101st Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 158
102nd Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 158
103rd Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 158
104th Berlin (Germany) 157
105th Detroit, Michigan (United States) 157
106th Shanghai (China) 157
107th Montreal (Canada) 156
108th Stuttgart (Germany) 156
109th Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 156
110th Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 156
111th Halifax (Canada) 155
112th São Paulo (Brazil) 155
113th San Antonio, Texas (United States) 154
114th Vienna (Austria) 154
115th Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 154
116th Kuwait City (Kuwait) 153
117th Amman (Jordan) 150
118th Kelowna (Canada) 150
119th Florence (Italy) 150
120th Montevideo (Uruguay) 150
121st Panama City (Panama) 149
122nd Genoa (Italy) 148
123rd Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 148
124th Muscat (Oman) 147
125th Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 147
126th Bologna (Italy) 145
127th Barcelona (Spain) 145
128th Madrid (Spain) 144
129th Sheffield (United Kingdom) 141
130th Boise, Idaho (United States) 141
131st Taipei (Taiwan) 139
132nd Naples (Italy) 139
133rd Campinas (Brazil) 137
134th Pisa (Italy) 136
135th San Jose (Costa Rica) 136
136th Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) 136
137th Turin (Italy) 135
138th Santos, Sao Paulo (Brazil) 135
139th Buenos Aires (Argentina) 135
140th Brasília (Brazil) 135
141st Santiago (Chile) 134
142nd Lisbon (Portugal) 131
143rd Ljubljana (Slovenia) 130
144th Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 130
145th Curitiba (Brazil) 129
146th Moscow (Russia) 129
147th Catania (Italy) 129
148th Porto Alegre (Brazil) 129
149th Guayaquil (Ecuador) 128
150th Palermo (Italy) 127
151st Recife (Brazil) 127
152nd Belo Horizonte (Brazil) 127
153rd Beijing (China) 127
154th Florianopolis (Brazil) 125
155th Athens (Greece) 125
156th São José dos Campos (Brazil) 124
157th Nairobi (Kenya) 124
158th Thessaloniki (Greece) 124
159th Goiânia (Brazil) 123
160th Limassol (Cyprus) 123
161st Valencia (Spain) 120
162nd Quito (Ecuador) 119
163rd Fortaleza (Brazil) 116
164th Johannesburg (South Africa) 116
165th Malaga (Spain) 115
166th Bangkok (Thailand) 115
167th Zagreb (Croatia) 114
168th Windhoek (Namibia) 112
169th Pretoria (South Africa) 112
170th Cape Town (South Africa) 111
171st Oporto (Portugal) 111
172nd Riga (Latvia) 110
173rd Vitória (Brazil) 109
174th Istanbul (Turkey) 108
175th Manila (Philippines) 108
176th Tallinn (Estonia) 107
177th Jakarta (Indonesia) 107
178th Saint Petersburg (Russia) 107
179th Coimbra (Portugal) 106
180th Dhaka (Bangladesh) 105
181st Lima (Peru) 105
182nd Bratislava (Slovakia) 105
183rd Vilnius (Lithuania) 104
184th Bogotá (Colombia) 103
185th Budapest (Hungary) 101
186th Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 101
187th Prague (Czech Republic) 100
188th Durban (South Africa) 98
189th Warsaw (Poland) 97
190th Gaborone (Botswana) 94
191st Medellín (Colombia) 94
192nd Mumbai (India) 90
193rd Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 90
194th İzmir (Turkey) 90
195th Ankara (Turkey) 89
196th Mexico City (Mexico) 89
197th Belgrade (Serbia) 88
198th Kraków (Poland) 88
199th Bucharest (Romania) 87
200th Yekaterinburg (Russia) 87
201st Sofia (Bulgaria) 84
202nd Chiang Mai (Thailand) 84
203rd Monterrey (Mexico) 83
204th Wrocław (Poland) 82
205th Gurgaon (India) 82
206th Kathmandu (Nepal) 82
207th Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 82
208th Timisoara (Romania) 81
209th Santiago de Cali (Colombia) 81
210th Delhi (India) 80
211th Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 79
212th Colombo (Sri Lanka) 78
213th Tirana (Albania) 77
214th Skopje (Macedonia) 76
215th Yerevan (Armenia) 76
216th Guadalajara (Mexico) 75
217th Prishtina (Kosovo) 74
218th Tunis (Tunisia) 73
219th Ahmedabad (India) 71
220th Pune (India) 68
221st Madras (India) 66
222nd Kiev (Ukraine) 65
223rd Hyderabad (India) 65
224th Tbilisi (Georgia) 62

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 established, 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 Buffalo, New York.

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