The cheapest city in the world to live is.....

Published: March 4, 2015
Karachi was declared the most affordable city to live in for the second consecutive time. PHOTO: PPI

Karachi was declared the most affordable city to live in for the second consecutive time. PHOTO: PPI

Karachi, along with the Indian city Bengaluru have been declared as the cheapest cities to live in.

According to the bi-annual cost of living index, published by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, Karachi was the most affordable city to live in for the second consecutive time.

Bengaluru replaces Mumbai as the joint least expensive city of the world. Mumbai has now dropped down to third spot, followed by Caracas and Chennai.



The index which surveyed 133 cities worldwide compares the cost of more than 160 services and products including food, clothing and utility bills using New York as a base line.

The report identifies Asia as home to many of the world’s cheapest cities as five out of six cheapest cities are in India and Pakistan.

Most expensive cities of the world

Singapore dethroned Tokyo to claim the crown of the most expensive city to live in the world in 2014.

While weak inflation and the devaluation of Japanese Yen pushed Tokyo and Osaka to 11th and 16th place respectively, Singapore climbed five spots from the last ranking to be declared the most expensive city.



According to the index, Paris and Oslo were the second and third most expensive cities of the world to live in, respectively.

Other cities that made the list include Zurich (4), Sydney (5), Melbourne (6), Geneva (7), Copenhagen (8) and Hong Kong (9).

Seoul was the surprise addition to the list of the world most expensive cities as it jump from 50th spot in 2012 to 9th place to tie with Hong Kong.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • I am a Khan
    Mar 4, 2015 - 10:54PM

    cheap and expensive is relative to the income earned by the residents of a city and Karachi is very expensive considering the earnings of the average karachite.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:56AM

    Another feather in the cap for this diverse cosmopolitan. I love my Karachi.Recommend

  • Blunt
    Mar 5, 2015 - 10:15AM

    @I am a Khan:
    Ohh really? Then definitely Economist’s Intelligence Unit, is missing out a lot by not letting you spearhead the said task.Recommend

  • huduga
    Mar 5, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Something not right about this Survey…Bangalore was cheap to live in till 2010 when compared to south east asian countries…not anymore…for instance having lived both in Singapore and Bangalore i can say the middle class lifestyle costs more less the same..infact sometime singapore is more cost effective because the system is more efficient..rents are compareable …everyday household products are almost the same may the cost a sligtly lesser in bangalore but not by much…saving are higher in Singapore because the salaries are higher atleast 2x…lesser visits to doctor helps make medical bills low…education for all permanent resident is highly subsidized in govt shcool which are as good as Indian pvt school which most Indians use back homeRecommend

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