Global cost of living compared for expats

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The Cayman Islands is the most expensive place to live, according to price point data collected by thousands of expats around the world.

The cost of living in the capital George Town is 41% more expensive than New York.

The other most expensive countries include Bermuda (38% more expensive than New York); Switzerland (22%) and Norway (4%).

Everywhere else in the world rates cheaper than New York.

At the bottom of the list, the cheapest country for expats is Pakistan (82% cheaper than New York).

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The data is compiled and published by web site Numbeo, where the full listing of 136 countries can be viewed.

Cost of living by country

The most expensive countries are coloured red and the cheapest dark green. Yellow denotes mid-placed countries.

Cost of living by country

Source: Numbeo

World’s most expensive countries for expats

New York City is the index base at 100, so 141.64 means Cayman Islands is 41.64% more expensive than New York, while 74.4 means rents are 25.6% cheaper.

Rank Country Cost of Living Index Rent Index Cost of Living + Rent Index Groceries Index Restaurant Price Index Spending Power Index
1 Cayman Islands 141.64 74.4 109.49 157.93 105.03 137.88
2 Bermuda 138.22 87.62 114.03 124.87 150.4 79.87
3 Switzerland 122.67 50.22 88.03 121.29 124.04 127.76
4 Norway 104.49 37.26 72.34 93.94 115.59 98
5 US Virgin Islands 97.23 48.24 73.81 87.42 90.74 54.58
6 Iceland 97.22 45.08 72.29 84.63 111.46 92.03
7 Bahamas 85.96 35.4 61.79 68.84 87.2 56.21
8 Japan 85.52 28.08 58.06 84.69 50.05 97.57
9 Luxembourg 84.68 55.44 70.7 71.6 92.91 107.89
10 Denmark 83.88 33.73 59.9 64.02 100.63 110.69

Source: Numbeo

World’s cheapest countries for expats

Rank Country Cost of Living Index Rent Index Cost of Living + Rent Index Groceries Index Restaurant Price Index Spending Power Index
127 Kyrgyzstan 28.13 8.96 18.97 25.53 22.3 25.28
128 Georgia 27.78 9.3 18.94 22.01 25.97 30.23
129 Kosovo 27.38 8.72 18.46 24.61 21.11 54.11
130 Venezuela 27.22 6.85 17.48 29.59 22.31 2.79
131 Uzbekistan 25.79 7.82 17.2 22.02 19.34 25.8
132 Tunisia 25.43 5.18 15.75 23.45 14.05 37.63
133 Syria 25.31 5.44 15.81 22.82 20.77 12.37
134 India 25.14 5.99 15.98 25.16 17.51 61.73
135 Afghanistan 24.51 4.29 14.85 18.83 17.12 28.87
136 Pakistan 18.58 4.02 11.62 16.5 13.78 36.1

Source: Numbeo

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