10 Priciest Cities to Call Home

It's a 3-way tie for No. 1—a first in survey's history
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 11:14 AM CDT
10 Priciest Cities to Call Home
The financial skyline of Singapore is reflected in a rain puddle as people jog past at dawn on Jan. 25, 2018.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Not one, not two, but three cities have for the first time tied for the most expensive to call home in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong share the distinction. Asian and European cities dominate the list of 10 cities—compiled by evaluating the cost of 160 items, from beer to utility bills to transportation to rent, in 133 cities worldwide—though two US cities, priciest for utilities and domestic help, also make the list, reports CNN. On the flip side, many of the cheapest cities to live in are experiencing some form of political or economic disruption, which means they're less livable and carry a level of risk, per the BBC. No. 1, for instance, is Caracas, Venezuela. The most and least expensive cities:

Most expensive (lots of ties in the list):

1. Singapore
1. Paris, France
1. Hong Kong, China
4. Zurich, Switzerland
5. Geneva, Switzerland
5. Osaka, Japan
7. Seoul, South Korea
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
7. New York, USA
10. Tel Aviv, Israel
10. Los Angeles, USA

Honorable mentions: San Francisco, up 12 spots to 25; and Houston, up 11 spots to 30.

Least expensive:

1. Caracas, Venezuela
2. Damascus, Syria
3. Tashkent, Uzbekistan
4. Almaty, Kazakhstan
5. Bangalore, India
6. Karachi, Pakistan
6. Lagos, Nigeria
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
7. Chennai, India
8. New Delhi, India

(See the worst US cities to call home here.)

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