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 *
1 Zurich (Switzerland) 301
2 Geneva (Switzerland) 287
3 Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) 282
4 New York City (United States) 276
5 San Francisco, California (United States) 272
6 Washington D.C. (United States) 259
7 Basel (Switzerland) 255
8 London (United Kingdom) 253
9 Lausanne (Switzerland) 251
10 Hong Kong 251
11 Bern (Switzerland) 249
12 Tokyo (Japan) 247
13 Oslo (Norway) 244
14 Reykjavik (Iceland) 240
15 Copenhagen (Denmark) 232
16 Singapore 232
17 Sydney (Australia) 229
18 Stavanger (Norway) 225
19 Perth (Australia) 224
20 Boston, Massachusetts (United States) 224
21 Wellington (New Zealand) 223
22 San Jose, California (United States) 223
23 Auckland (New Zealand) 220
24 Honolulu, Hawaii (United States) 219
25 Oakland, California (United States) 217
26 Dublin (Ireland) 217
27 Los Angeles, California (United States) 216
28 Melbourne (Australia) 215
29 Paris (France) 215
30 Amsterdam (Netherlands) 213
31 Brisbane (Australia) 212
32 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States) 210
33 Seattle, Washington (United States) 206
34 Chicago, Illinois (United States) 206
35 Doha (Qatar) 205
36 Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 202
37 San Diego, California (United States) 202
38 Stockholm (Sweden) 199
39 Canberra (Australia) 198
40 Miami, Florida (United States) 196
41 Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) 196
42 Tel Aviv (Israel) 196
43 Portland, Oregon (United States) 195
44 Anchorage, Alaska (United States) 195
45 Denver, Colorado (United States) 195
46 Cambridge (United Kingdom) 194
47 Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota (United States) 190
48 Luxembourg 190
49 Hartford, Connecticut (United States) 190
50 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States) 189
51 Brighton and Hove (United Kingdom) 188
52 Helsinki (Finland) 188
53 The Hague (Netherlands) 186
54 Toronto (Canada) 186
55 Bristol (United Kingdom) 185
56 Baltimore, Maryland (United States) 184
57 Austin, Texas (United States) 184
58 Atlanta, Georgia (United States) 183
59 Adelaide (Australia) 183
60 Mississauga (Canada) 180
61 Gold Coast (Australia) 178
62 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States) 178
63 Sacramento, California (United States) 178
64 Aberdeen (United Kingdom) 178
65 New Orleans, Louisiana (United States) 178
66 Vancouver (Canada) 177
67 Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom) 176
68 Düsseldorf (Germany) 176
69 Houston, Texas (United States) 176
70 Cork (Ireland) 175
71 Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States) 174
72 Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 174
73 Seoul (South Korea) 172
74 Fort Worth, Texas (United States) 171
75 Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) 171
76 Munich (Germany) 171
77 Nashville, Tennessee (United States) 171
78 Dallas, Texas (United States) 171
79 Calgary (Canada) 170
80 Gothenburg (Sweden) 170
81 Hamburg (Germany) 170
82 Birmingham (United Kingdom) 169
83 Milan (Italy) 169
84 Brussels (Belgium) 169
85 San Juan (Puerto Rico) 169
86 Ottawa (Canada) 168
87 Orlando, Florida (United States) 168
88 Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 168
89 St. Louis, Missouri (United States) 168
90 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (United States) 168
91 Edmonton (Canada) 168
92 Charlotte, North Carolina (United States) 167
93 Madison, Wisconsin (United States) 167
94 Columbus, Ohio (United States) 167
95 Tampa, Florida (United States) 166
96 Rome (Italy) 166
97 Leeds (United Kingdom) 165
98 Antwerp (Belgium) 165
99 Rotterdam (Netherlands) 164
100 Cleveland, Ohio (United States) 163
101 Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) 162
102 Vienna (Austria) 162
103 Nice (France) 162
104 Berlin (Germany) 162
105 Raleigh, North Carolina (United States) 162
106 Manchester (United Kingdom) 161
107 Shanghai (China) 160
108 Lyon (France) 159
109 Beirut (Lebanon) 159
110 Jacksonville, Florida (United States) 159
111 Buffalo, New York (United States) 158
112 Malmo (Sweden) 157
113 Detroit, Michigan (United States) 157
114 Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) 157
115 Phoenix, Arizona (United States) 156
116 Victoria (Canada) 156
117 Halifax (Canada) 155
118 Montreal (Canada) 155
119 Genoa (Italy) 155
120 Kuwait City (Kuwait) 154
121 Birmingham, Alabama (United States) 154
122 Cincinnati, Ohio (United States) 153
123 Naples (Italy) 153
124 Indianapolis, Indiana (United States) 153
125 Florence (Italy) 153
126 Winnipeg (Canada) 152
127 Greenville, South Carolina (United States) 152
128 Panama City (Panama) 152
129 Kansas City, Missouri (United States) 151
130 Omaha, Nebraska (United States) 151
131 Bologna (Italy) 150
132 Montevideo (Uruguay) 150
133 San Antonio, Texas (United States) 149
134 Madrid (Spain) 149
135 Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States) 149
136 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 149
137 Rochester, New York (United States) 149
138 Belfast (United Kingdom) 148
139 Louisville, Kentucky (United States) 148
140 Amman (Jordan) 147
141 Knoxville, Tennessee (United States) 147
142 São Paulo (Brazil) 146
143 Kelowna (Canada) 146
144 Barcelona (Spain) 146
145 Sheffield (United Kingdom) 143
146 Turin (Italy) 142
147 Tucson, Arizona (United States) 140
148 Memphis, Tennessee (United States) 140
149 Pisa (Italy) 140
150 Muscat (Oman) 139
151 Boise, Idaho (United States) 137
152 Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) 137
153 Taipei (Taiwan) 136
154 Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) 136
155 Lisbon (Portugal) 134
156 Campinas (Brazil) 133
157 Catania (Italy) 133
158 Palermo (Italy) 132
159 Ljubljana (Slovenia) 131
160 San Jose (Costa Rica) 130
161 Santos, Sao Paulo (Brazil) 130
162 Santiago (Chile) 130
163 Brasília (Brazil) 130
164 Athens (Greece) 130
165 Istanbul (Turkey) 128
166 Thessaloniki (Greece) 127
167 Beijing (China) 127
168 Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) 127
169 Recife (Brazil) 126
170 Guayaquil (Ecuador) 125
171 Limassol (Cyprus) 125
172 Porto Alegre (Brazil) 123
173 Nairobi (Kenya) 123
174 Belo Horizonte (Brazil) 123
175 Curitiba (Brazil) 122
176 Niterói (Brazil) 122
177 Goiânia (Brazil) 120
178 Zagreb - Centar (Croatia) 120
179 Valencia (Spain) 119
180 Florianopolis (Brazil) 118
181 São José dos Campos (Brazil) 118
182 Guangzhou (China) 118
183 Moscow (Russia) 117
184 Zagreb (Croatia) 117
185 Quito (Ecuador) 117
186 Oporto (Portugal) 116
187 San Salvador (El Salvador) 116
188 Belém (Brazil) 116
189 Manila (Philippines) 115
190 Buenos Aires (Argentina) 115
191 Johannesburg (South Africa) 114
192 Bangkok (Thailand) 114
193 Pretoria (South Africa) 113
194 Ribeirão Preto (Brazil) 113
195 Riga (Latvia) 111
196 Tallinn (Estonia) 110
197 Lima (Peru) 110
198 Faro (Portugal) 109
199 Manaus (Brazil) 109
200 Ankara (Turkey) 108
201 Guatemala City (Guatemala) 107
202 Bratislava (Slovakia) 107
203 Fortaleza (Brazil) 106
204 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 106
205 Cape Town (South Africa) 105
206 İzmir (Turkey) 105
207 Vitória (Brazil) 104
208 Joinville (Brazil) 104
209 Gaborone (Botswana) 104
210 Vilnius (Lithuania) 103
211 Casablanca (Morocco) 103
212 Budapest (Hungary) 101
213 Dhaka (Bangladesh) 101
214 Jakarta (Indonesia) 101
215 Podgorica (Montenegro) 100
216 Warsaw (Poland) 100
217 Prague (Czech Republic) 100
218 Bogotá (Colombia) 99
219 Londrina (Brazil) 98
220 Durban (South Africa) 95
221 Monterrey (Mexico) 95
222 Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) 94
223 Mexico City (Mexico) 93
224 Kraków (Poland) 91
225 Belgrade (Serbia) 90
226 Cairo (Egypt) 90
227 Medellín (Colombia) 90
228 Mumbai (India) 89
229 Bucharest (Romania) 89
230 Antalya (Turkey) 89
231 Saint Petersburg (Russia) 89
232 Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 87
233 Sofia (Bulgaria) 86
234 Wrocław (Poland) 85
235 Chiang Mai (Thailand) 83
236 Kathmandu (Nepal) 82
237 Ulan Bator (Mongolia) 81
238 Gurgaon (India) 81
239 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) 81
240 Yekaterinburg (Russia) 80
241 Bangalore (India) 79
242 Delhi (India) 78
243 Skopje (Macedonia) 78
244 Timisoara (Romania) 78
245 Iasi (Romania) 78
246 Yerevan (Armenia) 76
247 Guadalajara (Mexico) 76
248 Tunis (Tunisia) 76
249 Tirana (Albania) 76
250 Ahmedabad (India) 70
251 Tbilisi (Georgia) 70
252 Madras (India) 69
253 Baku (Azerbaijan) 69
254 Hyderabad (India) 66
255 Pune (India) 65
256 Kiev (Ukraine) 63

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 Madras.

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