However you feel about your own rent/mortgage, you might be surprised to know that none of America’s cities are among the world’s priciest places to live.
Western European cities dominated the annual list of the most expensive cities, compiled by (the research and analysis division of The Economist Group). The study compares the prices across 160 products — such as food, clothing, rent and utilities — to measure the cost of living in 133 cities.
Singapore took the top spot for the fifth year in a row (ouch). New York City came in at No. 13, and has been steadily climbing the ranks and becoming costlier over the years. Los Angeles followed behind at No. 14 (and is also the second dirtiest city in the United States after New York).
Read on for the full list, and decide for yourself if the rent is too dang high or if the views are too dang good.
This city-state is notoriously expensive, but it makes sense with a bit more perspective. Singapore has one of the best health care systems in the world, reliable public transport, and more than live in comfortable,subsidized living spaces that defy our stereotypes around public housing.
Paris hopped five spots on the list this year, and some are for the rising costs.
This city repeatedly wins big when it comes to cities with the highest quality of life, so you get what you pay for.
If you move here, you better like a crowd. Hong Kong is repeatedly ranked number one for the .
Another city with great quality of life — but will set you back a horrifying .