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This graphic compares the cost of living and purchasing power of 578 cities worldwide, using New York City as a benchmark for comparison.

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This graphic compares the cost of living and purchasing power of 578 cities worldwide, using New York City as a benchmark for comparison.

Comparing The Cost of Living Around the World

The amount of money that’s needed to pay for day-to-day expenses like housing and food varies greatly from city to city. And some cities, like New York City, are known as especially expensive places to live.

So how do everyday expenses in New York City truly compare in costs to places like Beirut, Lebanon, or Bangalore, India?

This graphic by Victor Dépré (hypntic.data) uses 2022 data from Numbeo to compare the cost of living and purchasing power in 578 different cities around the world, using New York City as a benchmark for comparison.

The Cost of Living Index

Though New York City is widely recognized as one of the most expensive cities in the world, according to Numbeo—the world’s largest database of user-contributed data on cities and countries—there are a number of cities that are actually more expensive than the Big Apple.

Here’s a look at the comparative cost of living in 578 cities. For context, if a city has a cost of living index of 121, that means day-to-day expenses in it are 21% higher than New York’s, on average:

CityCountryCost of Living Index
HamiltonBermuda149.0
ZurichSwitzerland131.2
BaselSwitzerland130.9
ZugSwitzerland128.1
LuganoSwitzerland124.0
LausanneSwitzerland122.0
BeirutLebanon120.5
BernSwitzerland118.2
GenevaSwitzerland114.1
StavangerNorway104.6
Honolulu, HIUnited States103.7
OsloNorway102.3
BergenNorway100.4
New York, NYUnited States100.0
TrondheimNorway99.4
TromsoNorway99.0
ReykjavikIceland97.6
Saint HelierJersey96.5
Santa Barbara, CAUnited States95.0
Tel Aviv-YafoIsrael94.5
Berkeley, CAUnited States94.4
San Francisco, CAUnited States93.9
Oakland, CAUnited States92.9
Anchorage, AKUnited States91.2
Santa Clara, CAUnited States89.4
Petah TikvaIsrael88.9
BeershebaIsrael88.8
Seattle, WAUnited States88.5
CopenhagenDenmark88.3
ArhusDenmark88.2
HaifaIsrael87.4
JerusalemIsrael86.3
NassauBahamas86.0
LondonUnited Kingdom85.6
TokyoJapan85.6
Boston, MAUnited States85.5
NiceFrance84.6
ParisFrance84.4
Queens, NYUnited States84.0
SingaporeSingapore84.0
Washington, DCUnited States83.7
SydneyAustralia83.2
LuxembourgLuxembourg83.0
EspooFinland82.5
AalborgDenmark82.4
Pittsburgh, PAUnited States82.4
DarwinAustralia82.1
AmsterdamNetherlands80.8
Jersey City, NJUnited States80.8
Hong KongHong Kong80.7
BredaNetherlands80.6
Nanaimo, BCCanada80.3
AucklandNew Zealand80.2
HaarlemNetherlands79.8
UtrechtNetherlands79.8
BrightonUnited Kingdom79.6
BrisbaneAustralia79.4
Philadelphia, PAUnited States79.2
Los Angeles, CAUnited States79.2
Minneapolis, MNUnited States79.1
TurkuFinland79.1
DublinIreland79.1
StockholmSweden78.9
Birmingham, ALUnited States78.8
SeoulSouth Korea78.7
EindhovenNetherlands78.2
OdenseDenmark78.2
Miami, FLUnited States78.0
GroningenNetherlands77.9
Sacramento, CAUnited States77.9
NijmegenNetherlands77.8
MunichGermany77.5
GalwayIreland77.4
St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorCanada77.4
InnsbruckAustria77.3
PerthAustralia77.3
Charleston, SCUnited States77.3
Asheville, NCUnited States77.3
LyonFrance77.2
LeidenNetherlands77.2
HelsinkiFinland77.2
Chicago, ILUnited States77.1
Fort Lauderdale, FLUnited States76.9
Portland, ORUnited States76.8
MelbourneAustralia76.8
OsakaJapan76.7
WellingtonNew Zealand76.7
VictoriaCanada76.7
VancouverCanada76.6
Atlanta, GAUnited States76.6
AdelaideAustralia76.6
LundSweden76.6
ToulouseFrance76.6
GuelphCanada76.4
RotterdamNetherlands76.2
Saint Paul, MNUnited States76.2
CorkIreland76.2
GuildfordUnited Kingdom76.0
Plano, TXUnited States75.9
CanberraAustralia75.9
Tampa, FLUnited States75.8
Gold CoastAustralia75.8
OxfordUnited Kingdom75.7
NagoyaJapan75.6
LincolnUnited Kingdom75.6
YorkUnited Kingdom75.5
San Diego, CAUnited States75.5
Cleveland, OHUnited States75.4
Omaha, NEUnited States75.3
LeuvenBelgium75.3
ReadingUnited Kingdom75.3
HamiltonNew Zealand75.2
Denver, COUnited States75.2
UppsalaSweden75.1
NewcastleAustralia75.0
HalifaxCanada74.9
MilanItaly74.8
SliemaMalta74.8
GrazAustria74.6
BrusselsBelgium74.4
Buffalo, NYUnited States74.3
TorontoCanada74.3
Colorado Springs, COUnited States74.3
Fremont, CAUnited States74.1
LimerickIreland74.1
Salem, ORUnited States74.0
The Hague (Den Haag)Netherlands73.9
HobartAustralia73.9
ChristchurchNew Zealand73.9
MalmoSweden73.8
San Jose, CAUnited States73.7
Nashville, TNUnited States73.6
EnschedeNetherlands73.6
Olympia, WAUnited States73.6
MaastrichtNetherlands73.6
Baltimore, MDUnited States73.6
New Orleans, LAUnited States73.6
LinzAustria73.6
CalgaryCanada73.4
EdinburghUnited Kingdom73.2
OttawaCanada73.2
Milton KeynesUnited Kingdom73.1
ManchesterUnited Kingdom73.1
MississaugaCanada73.1
CambridgeUnited Kingdom73.1
GothenburgSweden73.0
EdmontonCanada72.9
ParmaItaly72.8
GenoaItaly72.8
FrankfurtGermany72.8
Fort Collins, COUnited States72.8
GrenobleFrance72.7
BergamoItaly72.6
DerbyUnited Kingdom72.6
Iowa City, IAUnited States72.5
DelftNetherlands72.5
Syracuse, NYUnited States72.5
Everett, WAUnited States72.4
SaskatoonCanada72.3
HeidelbergGermany72.1
MarkhamCanada72.1
HamburgGermany72.0
Red DeerCanada71.7
SurreyCanada71.7
TriesteItaly71.7
Rochester, NYUnited States71.6
Milwaukee, WIUnited States71.6
Albany, NYUnited States71.5
LiverpoolUnited Kingdom71.4
NottinghamUnited Kingdom71.3
AntwerpBelgium71.3
BristolUnited Kingdom71.3
TampereFinland71.2
PortsmouthUnited Kingdom71.2
BonnGermany71.1
MarseilleFrance71.1
RomeItaly71.0
TaurangaNew Zealand70.9
FlorenceItaly70.8
PlymouthUnited Kingdom70.7
Detroit, MIUnited States70.7
Reno, NVUnited States70.7
OuluFinland70.6
MontrealCanada70.6
SalzburgAustria70.5
LondonCanada70.5
BramptonCanada70.4
Fort Worth, TXUnited States70.4
Durham, NCUnited States70.4
WinnipegCanada70.3
Ann Arbor, MIUnited States70.3
Greensboro, NCUnited States70.3
San JuanPuerto Rico70.1
Charlotte, NCUnited States70.1
NorwichUnited Kingdom70.1
GentBelgium70.0
ExeterUnited Kingdom69.9
DortmundGermany69.9
Long Beach, CAUnited States69.9
BolognaItaly69.8
North VancouverCanada69.8
KelownaCanada69.7
Columbus, OHUnited States69.7
BresciaItaly69.6
Eugene, ORUnited States69.6
MacaoMacao69.6
CologneGermany69.6
Jacksonville, FLUnited States69.5
ReginaCanada69.4
Phoenix, AZUnited States69.4
Des Moines, IAUnited States69.3
Quebec CityCanada69.0
Fresno, CAUnited States69.0
BerlinGermany68.9
CardiffUnited Kingdom68.9
WindsorCanada68.9
GlasgowUnited Kingdom68.8
KitchenerCanada68.7
Vancouver, WAUnited States68.6
KingstonCanada68.6
AugsburgGermany68.5
StuttgartGermany68.4
ViennaAustria68.4
MannheimGermany68.4
Las Vegas, NVUnited States68.3
Boise, IDUnited States68.3
DusseldorfGermany68.3
Raleigh, NCUnited States68.2
PisaItaly68.2
Spokane, WAUnited States68.1
Orlando, FLUnited States68.1
Dayton, OHUnited States68.0
VeronaItaly68.0
Dallas, TXUnited States67.9
Richmond, VAUnited States67.8
Louisville, KYUnited States67.7
SouthamptonUnited Kingdom67.6
LeedsUnited Kingdom67.6
TrevisoItaly67.5
Madison, WIUnited States67.3
BirminghamUnited Kingdom67.3
Indianapolis, INUnited States67.1
HanoverGermany67.0
NurembergGermany67.0
HamiltonCanada67.0
CoventryUnited Kingdom66.9
Newcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom66.9
Saint Louis, MOUnited States66.8
UlmGermany66.7
Stoke-on-TrentUnited Kingdom66.6
Austin, TXUnited States66.5
DundeeUnited Kingdom66.5
SaarbruckenGermany66.3
Kansas City, MOUnited States66.1
CagliariItaly66.1
KarlsruheGermany65.9
SheffieldUnited Kingdom65.9
TaipeiTaiwan65.8
BelfastUnited Kingdom65.7
Chattanooga, TNUnited States65.7
DarmstadtGermany65.5
LimassolCyprus65.3
TurinItaly65.2
St.CatharinesCanada65.2
BestNetherlands65.1
Toledo, OHUnited States65.0
Salt Lake City, UTUnited States65.0
Oklahoma City, OKUnited States64.9
PadovaItaly64.9
LeicesterUnited Kingdom64.9
Freiburg im BreisgauGermany64.7
ErlangenGermany64.5
NicosiaCyprus64.5
Cincinnati, OHUnited States64.4
Tucson, AZUnited States64.3
DubaiUnited Arab Emirates64.3
Houston, TXUnited States63.9
BilbaoSpain63.8
BournemouthUnited Kingdom63.7
Mesa, AZUnited States63.7
EssenGermany63.6
Albuquerque, NMUnited States63.4
AberdeenUnited Kingdom63.4
Lexington, KYUnited States62.9
DohaQatar62.9
LeipzigGermany62.8
San Antonio, TXUnited States62.6
BariItaly62.6
DresdenGermany62.5
Tulsa, OKUnited States62.4
NaplesItaly62.4
Memphis, TNUnited States62.3
BremenGermany62.2
Akron, OHUnited States62.2
Kingston upon HullUnited Kingdom62.1
AachenGermany61.8
KaohsiungTaiwan61.4
RegensburgGermany61.4
BarcelonaSpain61.2
Little Rock, ARUnited States59.3
Port of SpainTrinidad And Tobago59.2
MadridSpain59.0
Palma de MallorcaSpain59.0
AthensGreece59.0
Wichita, KSUnited States58.9
PatrasGreece58.7
ThessalonikiGreece58.4
PalermoItaly58.0
Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates57.9
LarnacaCyprus57.4
CataniaItaly57.4
MaleMaldives57.3
LjubljanaSlovenia57.2
HeraklionGreece57.1
El Paso, TXUnited States55.9
HavanaCuba55.9
TallinnEstonia55.8
Zaragoza (Saragossa)Spain54.8
Panama CityPanama54.5
ManamaBahrain54.3
ShanghaiChina53.9
RiyadhSaudi Arabia53.9
TartuEstonia53.8
VigoSpain53.4
Seville (Sevilla)Spain53.3
ValenciaSpain53.0
PaphosCyprus52.9
MakatiPhilippines52.7
AjmanUnited Arab Emirates52.6
Jeddah (Jiddah)Saudi Arabia52.6
MalagaSpain52.5
AmmanJordan52.2
GranadaSpain52.0
MontevideoUruguay52.0
PragueCzech Republic51.8
MurciaSpain51.7
LisbonPortugal51.7
MariborSlovenia51.6
SplitCroatia51.6
KingstonJamaica51.6
RigaLatvia51.5
AlicanteSpain51.5
MuscatOman51.2
ShenzhenChina51.1
Santa Cruz de TenerifeSpain50.9
DakarSenegal50.9
CascaisPortugal50.9
Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSpain50.5
Addis AbabaEthiopia50.5
BangkokThailand50.4
RijekaCroatia50.1
Phnom PenhCambodia50.1
ZagrebCroatia49.9
BeijingChina49.5
BratislavaSlovakia49.4
PortoPortugal49.4
BrnoCzech Republic49.3
HangzhouChina49.2
ParamariboSuriname49.2
FunchalPortugal49.2
SharjahUnited Arab Emirates49.0
Ad DammamSaudi Arabia48.5
OlomoucCzech Republic48.2
KosiceSlovakia48.2
Kuwait CityKuwait48.0
San JoseCosta Rica47.7
CoimbraPortugal47.4
AbidjanIvory Coast47.1
BragaPortugal47.0
VilniusLithuania46.9
OstravaCzech Republic46.5
AveiroPortugal46.5
BudapestHungary46.1
SuzhouChina45.9
HarareZimbabwe45.7
LeiriaPortugal45.7
SantiagoChile45.6
San SalvadorEl Salvador45.3
CaracasVenezuela45.3
JohannesburgSouth Africa44.9
KaunasLithuania44.7
Santo DomingoDominican Republic44.7
Guatemala CityGuatemala44.6
PhuketThailand44.3
WarsawPoland43.9
ChengduChina43.8
OsijekCroatia43.6
Quezon CityPhilippines43.3
GdyniaPoland42.9
BaliIndonesia42.9
PretoriaSouth Africa42.8
GaboroneBotswana42.7
NanjingChina42.3
SofiaBulgaria42.2
Chiang MaiThailand42.2
MoscowRussia42.2
PattayaThailand42.1
GdanskPoland41.3
Krakow (Cracow)Poland41.3
WroclawPoland41.1
GuangzhouChina41.1
Cape TownSouth Africa41.0
JakartaIndonesia40.9
PecsHungary40.8
ManilaPhilippines40.8
PoznanPoland40.7
QuitoEcuador40.5
DurbanSouth Africa40.3
KatowicePoland40.3
Cluj-NapocaRomania40.2
BucharestRomania40.1
SzegedHungary40.1
BelgradeSerbia40.1
DebrecenHungary40.0
Petaling JayaMalaysia40.0
MarrakechMorocco39.9
PodgoricaMontenegro39.3
SzczecinPoland39.3
Kota KinabaluMalaysia39.3
Kuala LumpurMalaysia39.3
VarnaBulgaria39.1
SuvaFiji39.0
CebuPhilippines39.0
Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam39.0
CancunMexico38.9
AccraGhana38.7
TiranaAlbania38.7
GuayaquilEcuador38.6
MonterreyMexico38.5
PlovdivBulgaria38.4
SarajevoBosnia And Herzegovina38.4
LublinPoland38.0
Erbil (Irbil)Iraq38.0
Santa CruzBolivia38.0
Isfahan (Esfahan)Iran38.0
LodzPoland37.9
Saint PetersburgRussia37.8
Banja LukaBosnia And Herzegovina37.6
PenangMalaysia37.6
La PazBolivia37.5
Sao PauloBrazil37.5
Novi SadSerbia37.4
Mexico CityMexico37.4
LagosNigeria37.3
ConstantaRomania37.3
IasiRomania37.1
HanoiVietnam36.9
TangierMorocco36.9
BrasiliaBrazil36.8
BurgasBulgaria36.8
BaguioPhilippines36.7
Rio de JaneiroBrazil36.7
BrasovRomania36.6
CasablancaMorocco36.6
DamascusSyria36.4
SibiuRomania36.2
TimisoaraRomania36.2
KampalaUganda36.0
NairobiKenya35.9
MeridaMexico35.7
RabatMorocco35.7
Qingdao, ShandongChina35.5
QueretaroMexico35.4
BandungIndonesia35.4
OradeaRomania35.4
Buenos AiresArgentina35.3
DhakaBangladesh35.1
SkopjeNorth Macedonia34.9
UlaanbaatarMongolia34.9
CraiovaRomania34.9
AgadirMorocco34.8
BaghdadIraq34.8
SurabayaIndonesia34.7
LimaPeru34.6
AradRomania34.5
FlorianopolisBrazil34.4
CuencaEcuador34.2
Kiev (Kyiv)Ukraine34.1
GurgaonIndia34.1
GuadalajaraMexico34.1
KazanRussia34.0
YerevanArmenia34.0
Dar es SalaamTanzania34.0
Nizhny NovgorodRussia33.9
ColomboSri Lanka33.6
LusakaZambia33.6
NisSerbia33.4
YekaterinburgRussia33.2
MinskBelarus32.8
KrasnodarRussia32.7
MashhadIran32.5
Belo HorizonteBrazil32.5
CairoEgypt32.4
Porto AlegreBrazil32.3
KigaliRwanda32.3
NovosibirskRussia32.3
Rostov-na-donuRussia32.1
Odessa (Odesa)Ukraine31.9
ChisinauMoldova31.8
CuritibaBrazil31.8
BakuAzerbaijan31.6
TehranIran31.5
IstanbulTurkey31.1
TbilisiGeorgia31.0
YogyakartaIndonesia30.8
AsuncionParaguay30.6
KharkivUkraine30.5
Astana (Nur-Sultan)Kazakhstan30.3
ChandigarhIndia30.3
AlmatyKazakhstan30.2
TunisTunisia29.9
KathmanduNepal29.9
AlgiersAlgeria29.8
LvivUkraine29.7
TashkentUzbekistan29.4
MumbaiIndia29.3
DniproUkraine29.3
NoidaIndia29.2
MedellinColombia28.8
AlexandriaEgypt28.4
BarranquillaColombia28.4
Navi MumbaiIndia28.4
IzmirTurkey28.4
DelhiIndia28.2
BangaloreIndia28.2
BogotaColombia27.9
GoaIndia27.7
PuneIndia27.6
GhaziabadIndia27.6
ThaneIndia27.5
RanchiIndia27.3
AnkaraTurkey27.2
HyderabadIndia26.6
FaridabadIndia26.6
BishkekKyrgyzstan26.6
PristinaKosovo (Disputed Territory)26.2
ChennaiIndia26.1
AhmedabadIndia26.0
KolkataIndia26.0
CaliColombia25.8
GuwahatiIndia25.6
Lucknow (Lakhnau)India25.4
MaduraiIndia25.4
SuratIndia25.3
VadodaraIndia25.3
VijayawadaIndia25.0
LudhianaIndia24.9
Cyberjaya, SelangorMalaysia24.9
RaipurIndia24.8
DehradunIndia24.8
NashikIndia24.6
IndoreIndia24.5
RajkotIndia24.5
NagpurIndia24.4
ErnakulamIndia24.0
VisakhapatnamIndia24.0
JaipurIndia24.0
PatnaIndia24.0
MangaloreIndia23.7
BucaramangaColombia23.7
CoimbatoreIndia23.5
BhopalIndia23.4
BhubaneswarIndia23.3
MysoreIndia23.2
KochiIndia22.9
AgraIndia22.8
JammuIndia22.0
ThiruvananthapuramIndia21.8
Kozhikode (Calicut)India21.6
LahorePakistan21.5
IslamabadPakistan21.5
KabulAfghanistan21.4
ThrissurIndia21.3
KanpurIndia20.8
KarachiPakistan20.8
RawalpindiPakistan20.5
MultanPakistan18.7
PeshawarPakistan18.6

Bermuda’s capital city Hamilton ranks first on the list, with a cost of living that’s nearly 50% higher than New York’s.

Why is Hamilton so expensive? One reason is that nearly everything needs to be imported onto the tiny British archipelago—things like gas, groceries, and clothes—so it’s likely that prices in the territory are steep as a result.

Second on the list is Zurich, Switzerland, where expenses are roughly 30% higher than New York City. Food and beverages are particularly expensive in the region—according to the dataset, groceries are 58% more expensive than groceries in NYC, and restaurant prices are 55% higher.

However, it’s worth noting that while Zurich ranks high on the cost of living index, the city’s purchasing power is also strong, which we will dive into in the next section.

The Local Purchasing Power Index

Purchasing power is a metric that’s used to gauge the number of goods and services someone on an average salary can buy in that specific city.

Taking a look again at Zurich, consumers in the city have about 30% more purchasing power than New York City residents on average, despite having higher costs.

CityCountryLocal Purchasing Power Index
Houston, TXUnited States173.0
Dallas, TXUnited States170.7
Ann Arbor, MIUnited States160.0
Austin, TXUnited States158.2
Fremont, CAUnited States157.4
San Jose, CAUnited States157.4
Jersey City, NJUnited States155.9
Santa Clara, CAUnited States155.4
Columbus, OHUnited States151.3
Seattle, WAUnited States145.4
Charlotte, NCUnited States144.9
Jacksonville, FLUnited States144.3
Raleigh, NCUnited States144.1
ZugSwitzerland143.4
Salt Lake City, UTUnited States140.6
San Antonio, TXUnited States137.7
Colorado Springs, COUnited States137.6
Baltimore, MDUnited States136.1
Phoenix, AZUnited States135.9
Chicago, ILUnited States135.3
San Francisco, CAUnited States133.2
Madison, WIUnited States132.1
Tulsa, OKUnited States132.1
ErlangenGermany131.8
Little Rock, ARUnited States131.1
Richmond, VAUnited States130.9
Atlanta, GAUnited States130.7
Denver, COUnited States130.0
ZurichSwitzerland129.8
Albany, NYUnited States129.8
Cyberjaya, SelangorMalaysia128.5
Oklahoma City, OKUnited States128.0
San Diego, CAUnited States127.9
Kansas City, MOUnited States127.2
LausanneSwitzerland127.0
Los Angeles, CAUnited States126.1
Vancouver, WAUnited States126.1
Cleveland, OHUnited States125.3
Cincinnati, OHUnited States125.2
Las Vegas, NVUnited States124.8
Buffalo, NYUnited States124.4
Red DeerCanada123.9
Orlando, FLUnited States123.3
HamiltonNew Zealand123.2
Saint Louis, MOUnited States123.2
Albuquerque, NMUnited States122.4
Washington, DCUnited States121.8
Indianapolis, INUnited States121.5
Charleston, SCUnited States121.3
GenevaSwitzerland120.6
DerbyUnited Kingdom119.8
Wichita, KSUnited States119.2
NewcastleAustralia118.9
El Paso, TXUnited States118.8
Anchorage, AKUnited States118.6
AachenGermany116.5
Fresno, CAUnited States116.4
Boston, MAUnited States115.7
NurembergGermany115.7
Philadelphia, PAUnited States115.6
Pittsburgh, PAUnited States115.5
Minneapolis, MNUnited States114.7
CalgaryCanada114.2
Fort Worth, TXUnited States112.6
BernSwitzerland112.5
Spokane, WAUnited States112.4
LuganoSwitzerland112.0
Oakland, CAUnited States111.7
BaselSwitzerland111.5
Nashville, TNUnited States111.5
Detroit, MIUnited States110.1
North VancouverCanada110.1
PerthAustralia110.0
Long Beach, CAUnited States110.0
DusseldorfGermany110.0
Memphis, TNUnited States110.0
Louisville, KYUnited States109.7
EdmontonCanada109.5
DarwinAustralia109.4
Milwaukee, WIUnited States109.2
DresdenGermany109.1
StuttgartGermany109.0
Olympia, WAUnited States108.8
MarkhamCanada108.7
CoventryUnited Kingdom108.7
DarmstadtGermany108.5
Des Moines, IAUnited States108.4
Portland, ORUnited States108.1
UlmGermany107.4
FrankfurtGermany106.9
Saint Paul, MNUnited States106.6
CardiffUnited Kingdom106.2
Omaha, NEUnited States106.0
BerlinGermany105.9
Queens, NYUnited States105.7
DortmundGermany105.6
Plano, TXUnited States105.4
CanberraAustralia105.1
LundSweden104.9
Durham, NCUnited States104.8
SydneyAustralia104.5
AdelaideAustralia104.2
OxfordUnited Kingdom104.0
ReginaCanada104.0
BrisbaneAustralia103.8
BramptonCanada103.5
Mesa, AZUnited States103.4
RegensburgGermany103.3
KarlsruheGermany103.0
Akron, OHUnited States102.9
BangaloreIndia102.6
Lexington, KYUnited States102.4
MelbourneAustralia102.2
HeidelbergGermany102.2
AberdeenUnited Kingdom102.0
Everett, WAUnited States101.8
HobartAustralia101.6
WinnipegCanada101.6
Sacramento, CAUnited States101.4
Fort Lauderdale, FLUnited States101.3
TorontoCanada101.3
Gold CoastAustralia101.2
GothenburgSweden101.2
HamburgGermany101.1
OuluFinland101.1
DubaiUnited Arab Emirates101.1
AalborgDenmark100.9
ReadingUnited Kingdom100.9
LondonCanada100.4
Fort Collins, COUnited States100.3
LuxembourgLuxembourg100.2
Rochester, NYUnited States100.1
New York, NYUnited States100.0
MississaugaCanada99.7
SouthamptonUnited Kingdom98.4
Tampa, FLUnited States98.3
SurreyCanada98.1
Stoke-on-TrentUnited Kingdom97.9
Newcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom97.7
BestNetherlands97.2
Reno, NVUnited States96.9
TurkuFinland96.8
LimerickIreland96.5
GlasgowUnited Kingdom96.4
BonnGermany95.7
HanoverGermany95.6
ArhusDenmark95.5
StockholmSweden95.4
MarseilleFrance95.3
MunichGermany95.2
MannheimGermany95.1
OdenseDenmark94.8
AmsterdamNetherlands94.5
Freiburg im BreisgauGermany94.5
OttawaCanada94.3
Asheville, NCUnited States94.2
Santa Barbara, CAUnited States93.9
ExeterUnited Kingdom93.9
EnschedeNetherlands93.8
Miami, FLUnited States93.7
Ad DammamSaudi Arabia93.6
New Orleans, LAUnited States92.9
CambridgeUnited Kingdom92.9
Greensboro, NCUnited States92.7
RiyadhSaudi Arabia92.7
LeicesterUnited Kingdom92.6
DelftNetherlands91.7
Chattanooga, TNUnited States91.7
NottinghamUnited Kingdom91.6
BelfastUnited Kingdom91.6
RotterdamNetherlands91.4
TampereFinland91.4
SingaporeSingapore91.3
ManchesterUnited Kingdom91.3
CopenhagenDenmark90.7
Toledo, OHUnited States90.5
EspooFinland90.3
AntwerpBelgium90.3
ChristchurchNew Zealand90.2
ToulouseFrance90.1
LiverpoolUnited Kingdom90.1
MontrealCanada89.9
DohaQatar89.9
TromsoNorway89.5
Honolulu, HIUnited States89.2
Salem, ORUnited States89.2
VictoriaCanada89.1
CologneGermany89.1
SheffieldUnited Kingdom89.1
LincolnUnited Kingdom89.0
LondonUnited Kingdom88.8
TokyoJapan88.6
The Hague (Den Haag)Netherlands88.5
LeedsUnited Kingdom88.5
SaskatoonCanada88.2
Eugene, ORUnited States88.2
TrondheimNorway88.0
EdinburghUnited Kingdom88.0
HalifaxCanada87.9
VancouverCanada87.7
PretoriaSouth Africa87.3
Quebec CityCanada87.2
BergenNorway87.0
BrusselsBelgium87.0
EindhovenNetherlands86.9
Kingston upon HullUnited Kingdom86.6
NijmegenNetherlands86.5
MaastrichtNetherlands86.5
MuscatOman86.5
HamiltonCanada86.4
StavangerNorway85.9
Berkeley, CAUnited States85.8
WellingtonNew Zealand85.5
SaarbruckenGermany85.4
OsloNorway85.2
Iowa City, IAUnited States85.0
PortsmouthUnited Kingdom85.0
Birmingham, ALUnited States84.9
MalmoSweden84.9
BristolUnited Kingdom84.8
CorkIreland84.5
TaurangaNew Zealand84.4
BredaNetherlands84.3
PlymouthUnited Kingdom84.0
UppsalaSweden83.9
Tucson, AZUnited States83.7
LeuvenBelgium83.6
HelsinkiFinland83.5
LyonFrance82.7
Boise, IDUnited States82.6
DundeeUnited Kingdom82.4
EssenGermany81.9
DublinIreland81.8
BirminghamUnited Kingdom81.8
OsakaJapan81.6
GrenobleFrance81.6
GranadaSpain81.6
Saint HelierJersey80.4
ParisFrance80.2
BeershebaIsrael80.1
AugsburgGermany79.9
AlicanteSpain79.9
LeipzigGermany79.8
NorwichUnited Kingdom79.7
JerusalemIsrael79.6
GuelphCanada79.6
ViennaAustria79.6
HamiltonBermuda79.4
AucklandNew Zealand79.2
Dayton, OHUnited States79.2
GrazAustria79.0
GuildfordUnited Kingdom78.8
Navi MumbaiIndia78.7
MurciaSpain78.5
LinzAustria78.4
Syracuse, NYUnited States78.4
GroningenNetherlands78.3
UtrechtNetherlands77.9
SalzburgAustria77.8
HaifaIsrael77.6
KelownaCanada77.5
GentBelgium77.4
LeidenNetherlands77.2
HaarlemNetherlands77.1
BremenGermany77.1
BournemouthUnited Kingdom76.5
Jeddah (Jiddah)Saudi Arabia76.1
Cape TownSouth Africa75.8
KingstonCanada75.4
Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates75.2
VigoSpain75.0
GurgaonIndia74.9
ReykjavikIceland74.8
BrightonUnited Kingdom74.8
MadridSpain74.8
SeoulSouth Korea74.5
Qingdao, ShandongChina74.0
Milton KeynesUnited Kingdom73.9
KitchenerCanada73.9
DurbanSouth Africa73.9
ThiruvananthapuramIndia73.7
YorkUnited Kingdom73.5
Petah TikvaIsrael72.9
NanjingChina72.9
JohannesburgSouth Africa72.2
PragueCzech Republic72.0
GalwayIreland71.9
St.CatharinesCanada71.2
Seville (Sevilla)Spain71.0
BarcelonaSpain70.8
Tel Aviv-YafoIsrael70.2
GuangzhouChina70.1
ValenciaSpain70.0
Zaragoza (Saragossa)Spain69.3
BresciaItaly69.1
ShenzhenChina69.0
Kuwait CityKuwait68.8
InnsbruckAustria68.0
MariborSlovenia68.0
MacaoMacao67.3
TurinItaly67.2
Krakow (Cracow)Poland67.1
San JuanPuerto Rico66.7
PadovaItaly66.6
ThaneIndia66.1
WarsawPoland66.0
PenangMalaysia65.9
MalagaSpain65.8
Hong KongHong Kong65.7
BilbaoSpain65.5
OstravaCzech Republic65.2
BrnoCzech Republic65.1
BariItaly65.0
HangzhouChina65.0
TallinnEstonia64.9
KaunasLithuania64.9
GdanskPoland64.4
NiceFrance64.2
KatowicePoland64.0
Kuala LumpurMalaysia64.0
Santa Cruz de TenerifeSpain63.8
BergamoItaly63.3
Palma de MallorcaSpain63.2
RaipurIndia63.2
VeronaItaly63.1
TriesteItaly63.0
St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorCanada62.8
ManamaBahrain62.6
BratislavaSlovakia62.6
NoidaIndia62.6
VilniusLithuania62.1
TrevisoItaly62.0
OlomoucCzech Republic61.3
PaphosCyprus61.2
Petaling JayaMalaysia60.9
ParmaItaly60.7
TartuEstonia60.5
DelhiIndia60.4
NicosiaCyprus60.3
LjubljanaSlovenia60.2
LublinPoland60.2
WroclawPoland59.9
KochiIndia59.5
TaipeiTaiwan59.3
BolognaItaly58.9
PalermoItaly58.9
SuzhouChina58.8
JammuIndia58.4
PoznanPoland58.3
WindsorCanada58.0
LodzPoland57.8
YekaterinburgRussia57.8
CagliariItaly57.7
Nanaimo, BCCanada57.5
NagoyaJapan57.4
Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSpain56.7
SharjahUnited Arab Emirates56.7
OsijekCroatia56.4
NaplesItaly56.2
ChengduChina56.0
LimassolCyprus55.8
KaohsiungTaiwan55.5
LarnacaCyprus55.3
SofiaBulgaria55.3
ZagrebCroatia55.1
CataniaItaly54.6
GhaziabadIndia54.6
ThrissurIndia54.4
TimisoaraRomania54.3
BhubaneswarIndia54.2
MilanItaly54.0
PuneIndia53.7
FlorenceItaly53.4
BucharestRomania53.2
BeijingChina53.1
Cluj-NapocaRomania53.1
ShanghaiChina53.0
CoimbraPortugal53.0
CraiovaRomania52.9
RigaLatvia52.8
BudapestHungary52.7
PisaItaly52.1
GenoaItaly51.6
JaipurIndia51.5
GaboroneBotswana51.4
RomeItaly51.3
KosiceSlovakia51.2
HyderabadIndia51.2
SzczecinPoland51.1
FaridabadIndia51.1
QueretaroMexico51.0
AradRomania51.0
GdyniaPoland50.6
Kozhikode (Calicut)India50.0
DebrecenHungary49.9
LeiriaPortugal49.7
MoscowRussia49.6
SzegedHungary49.5
OradeaRomania49.5
AjmanUnited Arab Emirates48.3
LisbonPortugal48.3
SibiuRomania48.3
Kiev (Kyiv)Ukraine48.2
Lucknow (Lakhnau)India48.2
SliemaMalta48.0
MumbaiIndia48.0
MangaloreIndia47.9
PristinaKosovo (Disputed Territory)47.5
PecsHungary47.2
NassauBahamas46.7
FunchalPortugal46.5
ChandigarhIndia46.5
ErnakulamIndia46.5
MysoreIndia46.5
BragaPortugal46.3
VarnaBulgaria46.3
ChennaiIndia46.3
VadodaraIndia46.1
BhopalIndia45.8
PlovdivBulgaria45.6
ConstantaRomania45.4
PortoPortugal44.9
RajkotIndia44.8
SuvaFiji44.7
BrasovRomania44.7
KolkataIndia44.7
IasiRomania44.1
AveiroPortugal43.9
SarajevoBosnia And Herzegovina43.7
RijekaCroatia43.6
BrasiliaBrazil43.5
MonterreyMexico43.0
San JoseCosta Rica42.9
Novi SadSerbia42.7
VisakhapatnamIndia42.7
SplitCroatia42.5
NagpurIndia42.5
BurgasBulgaria42.4
SuratIndia42.0
CascaisPortugal41.2
Astana (Nur-Sultan)Kazakhstan41.0
Saint PetersburgRussia40.8
Port of SpainTrinidad And Tobago40.7
CoimbatoreIndia40.7
NisSerbia40.4
DehradunIndia40.4
AthensGreece40.0
IndoreIndia40.0
Erbil (Irbil)Iraq39.9
GuwahatiIndia39.6
Kota KinabaluMalaysia39.4
AnkaraTurkey39.1
AhmedabadIndia39.1
BaghdadIraq39.0
KanpurIndia38.8
RanchiIndia38.6
NovosibirskRussia38.4
Banja LukaBosnia And Herzegovina38.3
LvivUkraine38.3
CancunMexico38.2
ThessalonikiGreece37.9
LusakaZambia37.5
PatrasGreece37.4
VijayawadaIndia37.2
SkopjeNorth Macedonia37.0
Rostov-na-donuRussia36.9
PatnaIndia36.8
Mexico CityMexico36.7
KrasnodarRussia36.6
GoaIndia36.3
BelgradeSerbia36.1
HeraklionGreece36.0
PodgoricaMontenegro36.0
GuadalajaraMexico36.0
LudhianaIndia35.8
NashikIndia35.3
IzmirTurkey35.2
Nizhny NovgorodRussia35.0
RabatMorocco34.7
La PazBolivia34.6
ChisinauMoldova34.4
CasablancaMorocco34.1
KharkivUkraine34.0
AlmatyKazakhstan33.6
MeridaMexico33.5
KazanRussia33.5
TangierMorocco33.2
Santa CruzBolivia32.9
MedellinColombia32.8
MaduraiIndia32.8
Odessa (Odesa)Ukraine32.7
DniproUkraine32.7
Panama CityPanama32.3
CuritibaBrazil32.3
SantiagoChile32.1
GuayaquilEcuador31.4
AgadirMorocco31.4
TiranaAlbania31.2
MinskBelarus31.2
Porto AlegreBrazil31.2
CaliColombia31.1
Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam30.9
MontevideoUruguay30.8
CuencaEcuador30.8
HanoiVietnam30.7
BucaramangaColombia30.4
MarrakechMorocco30.0
Chiang MaiThailand29.9
BangkokThailand29.8
QuitoEcuador29.7
YerevanArmenia29.7
AmmanJordan29.5
TbilisiGeorgia29.5
IslamabadPakistan29.5
FlorianopolisBrazil29.3
Sao PauloBrazil29.2
NairobiKenya29.2
KarachiPakistan29.2
LimaPeru28.9
IstanbulTurkey28.7
MaleMaldives28.5
BakuAzerbaijan28.0
AgraIndia27.9
AsuncionParaguay27.4
PhuketThailand27.3
BarranquillaColombia27.0
Buenos AiresArgentina26.9
KigaliRwanda26.4
KingstonJamaica26.1
BogotaColombia26.1
PeshawarPakistan26.0
JakartaIndonesia25.3
MultanPakistan25.1
UlaanbaatarMongolia25.0
Guatemala CityGuatemala24.4
CairoEgypt24.4
LahorePakistan24.4
TunisTunisia24.2
DhakaBangladesh23.8
SurabayaIndonesia23.6
PattayaThailand23.3
KathmanduNepal23.2
DakarSenegal23.1
BishkekKyrgyzstan23.1
RawalpindiPakistan22.9
Isfahan (Esfahan)Iran22.8
KabulAfghanistan22.8
MashhadIran22.7
TashkentUzbekistan22.6
Santo DomingoDominican Republic22.2
ManilaPhilippines22.2
San SalvadorEl Salvador21.8
BandungIndonesia21.8
AlgiersAlgeria21.8
AccraGhana21.1
Belo HorizonteBrazil21.0
MakatiPhilippines20.6
AlexandriaEgypt20.3
Quezon CityPhilippines19.7
Rio de JaneiroBrazil18.9
BaguioPhilippines18.7
ColomboSri Lanka18.6
HarareZimbabwe17.6
CebuPhilippines17.6
ParamariboSuriname16.4
CaracasVenezuela15.9
BeirutLebanon15.4
Phnom PenhCambodia14.8
TehranIran14.6
BaliIndonesia14.1
Dar es SalaamTanzania13.5
YogyakartaIndonesia12.2
Addis AbabaEthiopia9.8
KampalaUganda9.8
LagosNigeria8.3
AbidjanIvory Coast6.3
DamascusSyria5.0
HavanaCuba1.6

In contrast, the average consumer in Hamilton, Bermuda has a relatively low purchasing power. Based on the average net salary in the city, consumers can afford about 30% less than people in New York City.

Inflation Continues to Drive Prices Up

Amidst rising inflation and increased prices for consumer goods, cost of living has become top of mind for many people around the world.

Since late 2021, the world has been experiencing a cost of living crisis, largely because of pent-up demand following the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with supply chain issues and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

But according to UBS Chief Economist Paul Donovan, we’ve likely seen the worst of it, and inflation is likely to decrease across the globe in the second half of the year.

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Mapped: Minimum Wage Around the World

This infographic shows the net minimum wage across 67 countries, as of January 2023. A breakdown by U.S. state is also included.

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Mapped: Minimum Wage Around the World

The purpose of a minimum wage is to establish a baseline income level for workers in a given jurisdiction. Ideally it’s enough to cover basic needs like food and housing, but this isn’t always a guarantee.

To see how the minimum wage differs around the world, we’ve visualized data from Picodi, which includes values for 67 countries as of January 2023.

Monthly Minimum Wage, by Country

The following table includes all of the data used in this infographic.

Each value represents the monthly minimum wage a full-time worker would receive in each country. Picodi states that these figures are net of taxes and have been converted to USD.

CountryIncrease compared to Jan 2022Minimum wage as of Jan 2023 (full-time, USD)
Argentina104.5%$336
Turkey100.0%$457
Moldova32.5%$180
Latvia27.1%$555
Malaysia25.8%$289
Pakistan24.6%$111
Romania24.5%$393
Germany21.9%$1,594
Belarus21.2%$189
Lithuania18.8%$646
North Macedonia18.5%$298
Mexico17.4%$315
Chile17.1%$369
Russia16.9%$224
Kazakhstan16.6%$131
Colombia16.4%$249
Hungary16.0%$383
Netherlands15.3%$1,895
Poland14.6%$584
Belgium14.3%$1,509
Serbia14.3%$347
Estonia14.2%$704
Azerbaijan14.2%$186
Albania13.3%$265
Slovenia12.9%$896
US12.6%$1,550
Croatia12.0%$571
Uzbekistan11.9%$72
Paraguay11.4%$323
Armenia11.4%$138
Peru10.3%$233
Bosnia and Herzegovina10.0%$324
Bulgaria9.9%$315
Luxembourg9.3%$2,140
Philippines9.2%$141
Uruguay9.0%$424
Brazil8.9%$232
India8.5%$95
Indonesia8.1%$173
Greece7.9%$626
Portugal7.8%$690
UK7.3%$1,705
Slovakia7.2%$572
South Africa6.9%$226
France6.6%$1,380
Czechia6.6%$643
Vietnam6.0%$162
Ecuador5.7%$407
New Zealand5.6%$1,866
Ireland5.4%$1,753
Canada5.1%$1,545
Thailand5.0%$195
Australia4.8%$2,022
South Korea4.7%$1,333
Taiwan4.6%$800
Bolivia4.0%$284
Guatemala3.9%$383
Malta3.6%$788
Ukraine3.1%$146
Israel0.0%$1,389
Puerto Rico0.0%$1,328
Hong Kong0.0%$959
Saudi Arabia0.0%$958
Spain0.0%$925
Montenegro0.0%$459
Nigeria0.0%$68
Cyprus--$854

Generally speaking, developed countries have a higher cost of living, and thus require a higher minimum wage.

Two outliers in this dataset are Argentina and Turkey, which have increased their minimum wages by 100% or more from January 2022 levels.

Turkey is suffering from an ongoing currency crisis, with the lira losing over 40% of its value in 2021. Prices of basic goods have increased considerably as the Turkish lira continues to plummet. In fact, a 2022 survey found that 70% of people in Turkey were struggling to pay for food.

Argentina, South America’s second-biggest economy, is also suffering from very high inflation. In response, the country announced three minimum wage increases throughout 2022.

Minimum Wage in the U.S.

Within the U.S., minimum wage varies significantly by state. We’ve visualized each state’s basic minimum rate (hourly) using January 2023 data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

US minimum wage

2023-03-17 Update: This map was updated to fix several incorrect values. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

America’s federal minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2009 at $7.25 per hour.

Each state is allowed to set their own minimum wage, as long as it’s higher than the federal minimum. In states that do not set their own minimum, the federal minimum applies.

If we assume someone works 40 hours a week, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 translates to an annual figure of just $15,080 before taxes. California’s minimum wage of $15.50 translates to $32,240 before taxes.

For further perspective, check out our 2022 infographic on the salary needed to buy a home across 50 U.S. cities.

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