Do you live in one of the most expensive cities in the world? 56



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Australia is a wonderful country. The most part of the population have food, water, shelter, support, health care and welfare if we need it. But having so many resources comes at a cost – a cost so high that two Australian cities have been named some of the most expensive in the entire world when it comes to living costs.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report compares the cost of living in 133 cities all around the world. The benchmark city is New York and everything is positioned around it. It compares the cost of over 160 different services and products including things like food and wine, dining out, clothes, utility bills and more.

The report has revealed that things across the world are stagnant as the top five countries haven’t changed in two years now. And two two Australian cities come in the top ten…




It’s quite a contrast when you look at the most expensive to the cheapest countries.

So tell us today, do you live in one of the most expensive cities? How do you find the cost? Do you feel that it is expensive? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 

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  1. I didn’t even have to scroll down, to know I was privileged to be living on par with a New Yorker, in Sydney, in one of the most expensive cities in the world ! But I was so surprised to see Singapore right at the top of the list,and to think plane loads of us used to indulge in a flight over there to do a bargain shop.

  2. I would hate to live in Sydney or Melbourne, the cities are beautiful but it must be almost impossible to be able to afford to live.

  3. No wonder they built a Second Marigold Hotel !!! The down side of cheap living is that there is not a single place on the list I would want to live in. The up side of one of the most expensive is that Melbourne is almost always way up in the top most liveable cities in the world.

  4. My views are somewhat distorted by the fact that presently the income into our home is 0. This is due to circumstances beyond our control and hopefully only temporary. I will say though I love Melbourne I was born here and I will die here. I have in the past been lucky enough to visit most major cities and towns in Australia and feel we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful country. Things are expensive I agree but I’d rather have Economic Social Justice and Equality . I’m one of those weirdos that would be happy to pay an extra couple of dollars a week tax if it meant our disadvantaged received more services and a better living standard.

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    • I’d like the system adjusted first so that things were more equitable, then see if any tax hikes were necessary. I have the feeling that health & education at all levels would be close to free. It’s done in other countries…. Why not here??

  5. Property investment is part of the problem. When I was a wee lad there was a law of some kind that limited how much of a persons income could be charged for rent. Some of the rents being asked for in Sydney are more than the average national wage. The greedy landlords have the hide to berate their tenants when they find the going tough. One a discussion show on tv recently a landlord couple cried poor saying because their tenants could not afford their rent they (the landlords) could only eat out in restaurants four to five nights a week. My heart bled.

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  7. I’ve been in 6 of the 10. Sydney is no surprise. HK is. But then it’s been so long since I’ve been there.

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