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The Cost of Living in World Cities 2009

Ever wondered how the world's cities compare to each other in terms of living costs? Well Mercer, a global consultancy firm, release an annual report that ranks major cities on how expensive they are to live in for expatriates. Mercer’s survey covers 143 cities across six continents and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. It is the world’s most comprehensive cost of living survey.

Rank 2009 City Country
1 Tokyo Japan
2 Osaka Japan
3 Moscow Russia
4 Geneva Switzerland
5 Hong Kong People's Republic of China
6 Zürich Switzerland
7 Copenhagen Denmark
8 New York City United States
9 Beijing People's Republic of China
10 Singapore Singapore
11 Milan Italy
12 Shanghai People's Republic of China
13 Paris France
14 Oslo Norway
15 Caracas Venezuela
16 London United Kingdom
17 Tel Aviv Israel
18 Rome Italy
19 Helsinki Finland
20 Dubai United Arab Emirates
21 Vienna Austria
22 Shenzhen People's Republic of China
23 Los Angeles United States
24 Guangzhou People's Republic of China
25 Dublin Ireland
26 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
27 Douala Cameroon
28 Athens Greece
29 Amsterdam The Netherlands
30 Bratislava Slovakia
31 White Plains United States
32 Lagos Nigeria
33 Tehran Iran
34 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire
35 Dakar Senegal
36 San Francisco United States
37 Madrid Spain
38 Luxembourg Luxembourg
39 Barcelona Spain
40 Algiers Algeria
41 Honolulu United States
42 Brussels Belgium
43 Beirut Lebanon
44 Almaty Kazakhstan
45 Miami United States
46 St. Petersburg Russia
47 Munich Germany
48 Frankfurt Germany
49 Berlin Germany
50 Chicago United States
51 Seoul South Korea
52 Istanbul Turkey
53 Amman Jordan
54 Düsseldorf Germany
55 Riga Latvia
56 Hamburg Germany
57 Cairo Egypt
58 Hanoi Vietnam
59 Zagreb Croatia
60 Boston United States
61 Taipei Taiwan (Republic of China)
62 Lyon France
63 Houston United States
64 Lisbon Portugal
65 New Delhi India
66 Sydney Australia
67 Mumbai India
68 Washington D.C. United States
69 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
70 Prague Czech Republic
71 San Juan Puerto Rico
72 São Paulo Brazil
73 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
74 Tallinn Estonia
75 Atlanta United States
76 Morristown United States
77 Kuwait City Kuwait
78 Limassol Cyprus
79 Stockholm Sweden
80 Casablanca Morocco
81 Kiev Ukraine
82 Manama Bahrain
83 Vilnius Lithuania
84 Seattle United States
85 Toronto Canada
86 Tianjin People's Republic of China
87 Denver United States
88 Nairobi Kenya
89 Calgary Canada
90 Riyadh Saudi Arabia
90 Ljubljana Slovenia
92 Panama City Panama
92 Melbourne Australia
94 Vancouver Canada
95 Accra Ghana
96 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
97 Cleveland United States
98 Bangkok Thailand
99 St. Louis United States
100 Blantyre Malawi
101 Leipzig Germany
101 Sofia Bulgaria
103 Montreal Canada
104 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
105 Lusaka Zambia
106 Jakarta Indonesia
107 Bucharest Romania
108 Budapest Hungary
109 Jeddah Saudi Arabia
110 Dhaka Bangladesh
111 Portland United States
112 Buenos Aires Argentina
113 Warsaw Poland
114 Detroit United States
115 Colombo Sri Lanka
116 Brisbane Australia
117 Perth Australia
118 Pittsburgh United States
119 Guatemala City Guatemala
120 Bogotá Colombia
121 Ottawa Canada
122 Lima Peru
123 Kingston Jamaica
124 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei
125 Birmingham United Kingdom
126 Manila Philippines
127 Winston-Salem United States
128 Santiago Chile
129 Glasgow United Kingdom
130 Adelaide Australia
131 Montevideo Uruguay
132 San José Costa Rica
133 Bangalore India
134 Tunis Tunisia
135 Chennai (Madras) India
136 Quito Ecuador
137 Mexico City Mexico
138 Auckland New Zealand
139 Wellington New Zealand
140 Karachi Pakistan
141 Asunción Paraguay
142 Monterrey Mexico
143 Johannesburg South Africa

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