A few months ago, Forbes.com published “The World’s Most Expensive Cities For Expats,” based upon Mercer’s 2013 Cost of Living Survey, which examined data from 214 cities worldwide, comparing a market basket of over 200 goods and services. I wasn’t surprised to see three Swiss cities on the list as Zurich ranks among one of the most expensive cities I have ever visited.
This got me curious as to how some of the seemingly expensive cities I’ve been to compare to Los Angeles, the closest big city I live near. So far, I have found Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Zurich to be the most expensive cities I have visited. Let’s see how they all compare:
|Los Angeles||Brussels||Tel Aviv||Zurich|
|Combo Meal (fast food)||$6.00||$10.15||$12.88||$14.28|
|Pair of Jeans (Levis 501)||$50.00||$101.53||$135.95||$163.65|
|Pair of Nike Shoes||$80.00||$125.22||$143.10||$197.69|
|Gasoline (1 gallon)||$4.01||$8.21||$8.44||$7.91|
I see my thoughts about Zurich were right, with the highest prices for everything compared, except for a gallon of gas. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see LA having the second highest coffee price (good thing I usually make my coffee at home). I guess the overall lesson to be learned is: If you’re looking for a pair of Nikes, come to LA.
Comparisons computed using http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/comparison.jsp