Singapore is the most expensive city to live in the world

Singapore is the most expensive city to live in the world, topping a global cost of living survey for the fifth year in a row.

The city took the No. 1 spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's worldwide cost of living index released Thursday. Paris followed at No. 2, landing among the top 10 most expensive as it has since 2003.

To determine the ranking, the EIU compares 400 individual prices across 160 products and services in 133 cities twice a year. The most recent report found a number of cities have jockeyed positions over the years, with Asian and European cities claiming several spots in the top 10 this year.

Zurich, Hong Kong and Oslo, Norway, round out the top five most expensive cities. Tel Aviv, Israel - the sole Middle Eastern country in the top 10 – and Sydney – the sole Oceanic nation among the most expensive – ranked 9th and 10th, respectively. 

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15. San Francisco 

Safe Cities score: 83.55

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14. Seoul

Safe Cities score: 83.61

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13. Barcelona

Safe Cities score: 83.71

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12. Madrid

Safe Cities score: 83.88

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11. Frankfurt

Safe Cities score: 84.86

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10. Zurich

Safe Cities score: 85.20

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9. Hong Kong

Safe Cities score: 86.22

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8. Stockholm

Safe Cities score: 86.72

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7. Sydney

Safe Cities score: 86.74

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6. Amsterdam

Safe Cities score: 87.26

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5. Melbourne

Safe Cities score: 87.26

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4. Toronto

Safe Cities score: 87.36

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3. Osaka

Safe Cities score: 88.87

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2. Singapore

Safe Cities score: 89.64

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1. Tokyo

Safe Cities score: 89.80

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U.S. cities ranked lower on the list because of the nation's weakened dollar against other currencies, with New York at No. 13 and Los Angeles at No. 14. The report notes, however, that New York saw a "comparatively sharp increase in the relative cost of living" compared with five years ago, when the city was No. 27.

Singapore's top spot reflects a regional trend of rising costs of living as Asian economies expand. The city is reportedly the priciest place in the world to buy and run a car, as well as the third most expensive place to buy clothes. It still offers relative value in some areas, like personal care, household goods and domestic help, when compared with its peers, according to the report.

Caracas, Venezuela, and Damascus, Syria, ranked as the two least expensive cities in the world.

The Top 10 Most Expensive Countries:

CityCountryExpense RankOverall Best Countries Rank
Hong KongHong Kong4N/A
SeoulSouth Korea722
Tel AvivIsrael930

More country-related rankings can be found here.

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