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10 Expensive Cities in the World

This planet is extremely vast, and on this planet are located hundreds of countries which are home to millions of people living in thousands of cities. Humans live all over this world in every single city on the face of the planet. It is much more affordable for people to live in some cities than it is for them to live in others, and some cities are much more expensive than others, sometimes outrageously so. Many wonder which of the cities in the world are the most expensive of them all.

Here on this page is a list of the ten most expensive cities in the entire world, ranked from most expensive to least expensive. The positions which the cities in this list are at have been decided based on the total cost of living in them, which includes everything from accommodation and food to facilities such as electricity and water and recreational activities such as going to the movies. It is certainly worth noting that this list is dominated by cities located in Asia, Western Europe, and Australia, with there being absolutely no cities belonging to the United States of America in the list at all, completely contrary to what the typical person would believe.

1. Singapore

Singapore is the city that has consistently been the most expensive city in the world for the past around three surveys now. Living in any part of Singapore costs the average person an exponentially large amount of money, an amount that is relatively larger than what it would cost them to live in New York City.

2. Paris, France

Paris is most well-known for being the home to the Eiffel Tower and being one of the most elegant and romantic cities on the face of the Earth. However, Paris also happens to be one of the most expensive cities for a person to live in, with the prices of even the basic necessities of life soaring through the skies in the popular French city.

3. Oslo, Norway

Although not one of the most popular cities in existence, Oslo is definitely one of the most important cities in the world, and also one of the most expensive ones. Unless a person has a job that pays an abundant amount of money, living in the city of Oslo, at least living with even the smallest amount of leisure and luxury, is synonymous to something almost impossible.

4. Zurich, Switzerland

Known mostly because of its chocolate and, in some parts of the world, its cheese, Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Zurich is quite possibly the most popular city in Switzerland. Also a substantially large financial hub for the country, Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the entire world.

5. Sydney, Australia

Home of the famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney is one of the best cities in Australia and is also one of the most expensive cities in the world. Sydney has the honor of being the most expensive city in the entirety of Australia and is also one of the only two Australian cities that have made their way into this list.

6. Melbourne, Australia

A city known for its lit up night skies, reach-for-the-stars skyscrapers and its access to water, Melbourne is the other half of the pair of Australian cities that have managed to become one of the two most expensive cities in the entire world. Even though living in Melbourne is slightly cheaper than living in Sydney, Melbourne is more than worthy of being branded as a highly expensive city.

7. Geneva, Switzerland

The city of Geneva provides residents with the best of both worlds – modernization, skyscrapers and corporate buildings in the form of architectural marvels, and exotic and majestic sceneries and views of the mountains and the water. However, living in Geneva is no walk in the park as the city is another one of the most expensive cities a person could possibly live in.

8. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a true beacon of beauty and grandeur, due in large part to the water that runs though the city. However, Copenhagen is, in its essence, a corporate city, and living in this city can prove to be extremely expensive.

9. Hong Kong, China

Loaded with specimens of modernization right and left and skyscrapers that get longer with every new addition, Hong Kong is next on this list of the ten most expensive cities in the world. Accounting for most of the ‘business’ of the country, the most important city in China is also the city that people have to spend the most money to live in.

10. Seoul, South Korea

A city that has astounded many by making it into this list is Seoul, which was struggling to even be included in the top 50 most expensive cities in the world no more than ten years ago. The business center of South Korea and arguably the most developed city in the country, Seoul is last on this list of the ten most expensive cities in the world.

Aaric Hale

Aaric Hale is a writer whose expertise includes an array of topics across several industries—having done several articles on science, history, and the latest trends. Interested in the act of learning itself, he tries to keep his mind busy with exploring histories, global news, and about the world. Aaric Hale also wants to contribute to the popularization of science and communicate ideas across the globe.