July 23, 2024
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World’s most expensive cities for expats

Hong Kong retained its pole position as the world’s most expensive city for expats in 2024, according to Mercer.

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Asia’s biggest financial hubs have once again clinched the top spots for being the costliest cities for international workers to live in, according to Mercer.

Hong Kong was ranked as the most expensive city for expats to live in, followed by Singapore and Zurich, according to the Cost of Living City Ranking 2024.

Cities in Switzerland — Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern — snagged four out of 10 spots. New York City ranked No. 7.

The top five spots had no change from the year before, but London climbed 9 positions from No. 17 to 8.

Top 10 most expensive cities for expats:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Singapore
  3. Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Geneva, Switzerland
  5. Basel, Switzerland
  6. Bern, Switzerland
  7. New York City, United States
  8. London, United Kingdom
  9. Nassau, Bahamas
  10. Los Angeles, United States

The survey compared the costs of more than 200 items in each of the 226 cities studied — including the price of housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.

New York City was used as the benchmark and currency fluctuations were measured against the U.S. dollar.

Cities in Nigeria, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan were the least expensive cities for expats to live in, with Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria falling 178 and 86 spots respectively to No. 225 and 226.

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