Expatistan: Comparing International Costs of Living

20 Oct 2011

A link to a great website came across our Facebook page the other day. It was so good, in fact, that after we checked it out, we felt we had the obligatory duty to pass it on. www.expatistan.com compares the cost of living around the world – based on user surveys to gather its data – and determines the costs between any two cities at a time.

Using Melbourne in Australia as a reference; to keep the same standard of living that would require AU$3,000 in Melbourne you would need to make AU$2,836 in Paris (surprisingly 5% cheaper). Or for example, you would need at least AU$4,790 in Tokyo to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with AU$3,600 in Melbourne (33% more expensive).

They’ve also constructed a cost of living index, listing the most expensive cities to live in around the world. Below is a list of the top 15:

1. Tokyo (Japan)
2. Geneva (Switzerland)
3. Oslo (Norway)
4. Zurich (Switzerland)
5. Sydney (Australia)
6. London (United Kingdom)
7. Melbourne (Australia)
8. Perth (Australia)
9. New York City (United States)
10. Singapore (Singapore)
11. Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
12. Paris (France)
13. Brisbane (Australia)
14. Bern (Switzerland)
15. Adelaide (Australia)


So if you are thinking about moving abroad and you want some basic data to weigh up to help make up your mind, then here is a good place to start. Visit www.expatistan.com


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  1. Michael October 21, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Great website !
    Granada is 34% cheaper than Paris, i did a good choice to live here ahah

  2. Sarah January 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Crazy cool website! Does it have a list of the cheapest places to live as well?

    • Kate February 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      The website only has the top 130 cities at the moment, but around the 130’s were a lot of Indian cities. Keep in mind though, no Asian countries were mentioned! Best to compare them one by one!

  3. tanned June 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    I’m not surprise about 2 swiss city in the top 10, when i was there it was so expensive!

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