Where Not to Buy Nikes

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
Cappuccino (regular) $4.00 $3.38 $3.72 $5.33
Dozen Eggs $2.19 $3.11 $3.72 $6.59
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