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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Rankings, published 10 July 2014,

Mercer's 2014 Cost of Living Rankings, published 10 July 2014, compare the cost of living for expatriates in 211 cities worldwide. Cities are ranked based on data from our annual Cost of Living Survey, the most comprehensive of its kind. The survey helps multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for employees on international assignments. The survey measures the comparative cost of more than 200 goods and services in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: The rankings do not include the city-to-city indices of our Cost-of-Living Reports and should not be used to estimate cost-of-living allowances. The calculation of an assignment package involves numerous, complex factors and consideration of an organization's compensation policies and assignment program needs. Mercer offers detailed cost-of-living and housing data for more than 400 locations worldwide. Contact us to inquire about these and other mobility services.

This rankings chart may not be reproduced without permission from Mercer. See our press release for media contacts.
2014 City Rankings*
Rank 2014Rank 2013CityCountry
11LuandaAngola
24N'DjamenaChad
36Hong KongHong Kong
45SingaporeSingapore
58ZurichSwitzerland
67GenevaSwitzerland
73TokyoJapan
89BernSwitzerland
92MoscowRussia
1014ShanghaiChina
1115BeijingChina
1225LondonUnited Kingdom
1322VictoriaSeychelles
1413SeoulSouth Korea
1517CopenhagenDenmark
1624New York CityUnited States
1729ShenzhenChina
1832Tel AvivIsrael
1921LibrevilleGabon
2033KinshasaCongo, Democratic Republic of
2011OsloNorway
2245NoumeaNew Caledonia
2312OsakaJapan
2435GuangzhouChina
2536LagosNigeria
269SydneyAustralia
2737ParisFrance
2840BrazzavilleCongo, Republic of
2939BamakoMali
3041MilanItaly
3144RomeItaly
3248ViennaAustria
3316MelbourneAustralia
3446ConakryGuinea
3523St. PetersburgRussia
3649AbujaNigeria
3718PerthAustralia
3842StockholmSweden
3952AmsterdamNetherlands
4051DakarSenegal
4026NagoyaJapan
4255HelsinkiFinland
4338AbidjanCote d'Ivoire
4446DoualaCameroon
4455YaoundeCameroon
4657BakuAzerbaijan
4769NanjingChina
4865QingdaoChina
4919Sao PauloBrazil
5067TianjinChina
5161DublinIreland
5228BrisbaneAustralia
5327CanberraAustralia
5479ShenyangChina
5581MunichGermany
5669BrusselsBelgium
5677LuxembourgLuxembourg
5854AucklandNew Zealand
5934AdelaideAustralia
5983FrankfurtGermany
6162TaipeiTaiwan
6272Los Angeles, CAUnited States
6376BeirutLebanon
6381MadridSpain
6529Rio de JaneiroBrazil
6657YangonMyanmar
6790DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
6879Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
6899BerlinGermany
7085Pointe-a-PitreGuadeloupe
7184BarcelonaSpain
7197ChengduChina
73100DusseldorfGermany
7492San Francisco, CAUnited States
7588RigaLatvia
76106HamburgGermany
7753Tehran¹Iran
7890AthensGreece
79103LyonFrance
7975WellingtonNew Zealand
8178Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei
81114Port-au-PrinceHaiti
8193White Plains, NYUnited States
8493BratislavaSlovakia
85101Chicago, ILUnited States
8659Buenos AiresArgentina
87102CotonouBenin
8866BangkokThailand
8863SantiagoChile
90135BirminghamUnited Kingdom
91116StuttgartGermany
9273PragueCzech Republic
92106Washington, D.C.United States
94128AberdeenUnited Kingdom
94109LisbonPortugal
9664VancouverCanada
97117Honolulu, HIUnited States
9860BogotaColombia
98103KievUkraine
98114Miami, FLUnited States
10142DjiboutiDjibouti
10168TorontoCanada
10389AmmanJordan
10331NiameyNiger
105113LomeTogo 
105131OuagadougouBurkina Faso
107125CasablancaMorocco
108157GlasgowUnited Kingdom
109123Boston, MAUnited States
110129TallinnEstonia
11195AlmatyKazakhstan
111122RiyadhSaudi Arabia
113127LimassolCyprus
11487MontevideoUruguay
115111Kuala LumpurMalaysia
116144LjubljanaSlovenia
117154DhakaBangladesh
117147NairobiKenya
11971JakartaIndonesia
120158BelfastUnited Kingdom
120131ZagrebCroatia
122120MaputoMozambique
12395MontrealCanada
124139AlgiersAlgeria
12597CalgaryCanada
125135Dallas, TXUnited States
125103ManilaPhilippines
128110AccraGhana
129148NurnbergGermany
130139VilniusLithuania
131134HanoiVietnam
132144Morristown, NJUnited States
132126San JoseCosta Rica
134106Havana¹Cuba
135130BudapestHungary
135141Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam
13585IstanbulTurkey
135112LimaPeru
139143San JuanPuerto Rico
140118MumbaiIndia
141153LeipzigGermany
142150WarsawPoland
143144Houston, TXUnited states
14473BrasiliaBrazil
145151Panama CityPanama
146121KigaliRwanda
147151Atlanta, GAUnited States
147141Kuwait CityKuwait
149133Port of SpainTrinidad and Tobago
150154ManamaBahrain
150138MexicoMexico
152118OttawaCanada
153154CairoEgypt
153163Khartoum¹Sudan
153159Seattle, WAUnited States
156160Minneapolis, MNUnited States
157124New DelhiIndia
158162DohaQatar
159169BucharestRomania
160160Detroit, MIUnited States
161163St. Louis, MOUnited states
162168Pittsburgh, PAUnited states
163170RabatMorocco
164167ColomboSri Lanka
165173Port LouisMauritius
166173Portland, ORUnited States
167175Cleveland, OHUnited States
168170MuscatOman
169177Phnom PenhCambodia
170176Guatemala CityGuatemala
171180Damascus¹Syria
172181SofiaBulgaria
173172Santo DomingoDominican Republic
174148LusakaZambia
175182JeddahSaudi Arabia
176163AsuncionParaguay
177190QuitoEcuador
178186Dar es SalaamTanzania
178163KingstonJamaica
180185TashkentUzbekistan
181193HarareZimbabwe
182193Winston Salem, NCUnited States
183178MonterreyMexico
184192BelgradeSerbia
185179ChennaiIndia
186182Addis AbabaEthiopia
187195YerevanArmenia
188199SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina
189202TiranaAlbania
190198San SalvadorEl Salvador
191187MinskBelarus
191199NouakchottMauritania
193203SkopjeMacedonia
194205KampalaUganda
194195TbilisiGeorgia
196189BangaloreIndia
197184GaboroneBotswana
198201AshkhabadTurkmenistan
199190BanjulGambia
200204TegucigalpaHonduras
201209BlantyreMalawi
202210TunisTunisia
203187JohannesburgSouth Africa
204211La PazBolivia
205197Cape TownSouth Africa
205206KolkataIndia
207212ManaguaNicaragua
208208IslamabadPakistan
209213BishkekKyrgyzstan
210207WindhoekNamibia
211214KarachiPakistan
* Tripoli, Libya, and Bangui, Central African Republic, are missing from this year’s rankings. Mercer was not able to collect prices due to the security situations in those locations. We have also left Caracas, Venezuela, out of the rankings as a result of the complex currency situation that includes multiple exchange rates; its ranking would have varied greatly depending on the official exchange rate selected.
¹ The rank of this location is based on estimates, due to US government sanctions.
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