The 10 most expensive cities in the world

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An island nation slightly smaller than New York City and Hong Kong remains the world’s most expensive city for a second year in a row, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) bi-annual Worldwide Cost of Living report.

Singapore holds the undeniable top spot as the priciest city, respectfully followed by Paris, Oslo, Zurich, and Sydney.

The EIU’s survey compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services, including groceries, clothing, household supplies, personal care items, home rental prices, transportation, utility bills, private schools, domestic help, and recreational costs.

The report includes 133 cities and is designed to offer city-to-city comparisons with New York City set as the standard base of the study.

According to the report, Singapore has absurdly expensive prices in the following categories:

Clothes: Approximately 50% more compared to New York City
Groceries: Approximately 11% more compared to New York City
Cars and transportation: Approximately three times more compared to New York City

While Asia is home to the world’s most expensive city, the region also boasts the world’s most affordable cities, including Karachi and Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore), Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, and Tehran.

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