World’s Most Expensive Cities 2011

Overpriced Overseas No. 30 Most Expensive City: Gothenburg, Sweden No. 29 Most Expensive City: Tel Aviv No. 28 Most Expensive City: Adelaide, Australia No. 27 Most Expensive City: Sao Paulo No. 26 Most Expensive City: Perth, Australia No. 25 Most Expensive City: Melbourne No. 24 Most Expensive City: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo No. 23 Most Expensive City: Rio de Janeiro No. 22 Most Expensive City: Seoul No. 21 Most Expensive City: Brisbane, Australia No. 20 Most Expensive City: Paris No. 19 Most Expensive City: Libreville, Gabon No. 18 Most Expensive City: Canberra, Australia No. 17 Most Expensive City: Stockholm No. 16 Most Expensive City: Sydney No. 15 Most Expensive City: Caracas No. 14 Most Expensive City: Moscow No. 13 Most Expensive City: Helsinki No. 12 Most Expensive City: Copenhagen No. 11 Most Expensive City: Basel, Switzerland No. 10 Most Expensive City: Bern, Switzerland No. 9 Most Expensive City: Kobe, Japan No. 8 Most Expensive City: Geneva No. 7 Most Expensive City: Luanda, Angola No. 6 Most Expensive City: Zurich No. 5 Most Expensive City: Yokohama, Japan No. 4 Most Expensive City: Stavanger, Norway No. 3 Most Expensive City: Nagoya, Japan No. 2 Most Expensive City: Oslo No. 1 Most Expensive City: Tokyo

No. 1 Most Expensive City: Tokyo

Quick lunch: $20.80
Beer at a bar: $10.56
Kilogram of rice: $9.80
Dozen eggs: $4.50
Movie theater ticket: $23.80

Although the consumer price index in the Tokyo area has been falling since 2009, according to data from Japan’s statistics bureau, the city remains the world’s most expensive. While housing costs are not included in this survey, ECA International estimates that the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Tokyo stood at $4,352 in September.


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