Global Cost of Living Index Rankings

We all know that Dubai can be an expensive city to live in.  But just how does the cost of living in Dubai compare to other large cities around the world?

Fortunately, there's some great data that already exists that we can use to pull some key insights from.  We'll take a look at the most recent Cost of Living Index Rankings from Expatistan, Mercer, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Numbeo.

Dubai is ranked...

49/323 cities

Dubai is ranked...

19/209 cities

Dubai is ranked...

64/133 cities

Dubai is ranked...

206/511 cities


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If you want to explore the details of specific Cost Categories for Dubai or other cities, then you can do that by digging into the average cost data in each of the surveys:

- Expatistan - Cost of Living in Dubai

- Numbeo - Cost of Living in Dubai

- Mercer - Cost of Living Rankings

- The Economist Intelligence Unit - Cost of Living Rankings

 

Cost of Living Index - Weighted Ranking

Below, I've done an analysis on the Cost of Living Index Rankings from Expatistan, Mercer and The Economist Intelligence Unit.  (I excluded Numbeo from the analysis because it seems like such an outlier ... ranking Dubai as less expensive than the tiny town of Akron, Ohio!)

You can see that I've calculated a weighted average of the Cost of Living Index Rankings and then re-sorted and ranked all the cities based on their average cost of living.

 

The result of this analysis is that Dubai is the 34th most expensive city to live in anywhere in the world.  More expensive than Rome, Miami and Kuala Lumpur.  Less expensive than London, New York and Singapore.  Makes sense to me!  What do you think?

 

Please explore the rankings below and see how other cities stack up against Dubai.  Enjoy!

Last updated: 10/01/2017  |  All table columns sortable.
CityCountryExpatistan RankMercer RankEconomist Rank# of RankingsAvg of RankingsWeighted AvgRank Based on Avg
ZurichSwitzerland2433311
LuandaAngola41-22.51.32
GenevaSwitzerland177351.73
Hong KongChina152236.32.14
New York, New YorkUnited States59937.72.65
Grand CaymanCayman Islands3--1336
SingaporeSingapore235139.73.27
TokyoJapan2534310.73.68
BernSwitzerland1210-2115.59
SydneyAustralia142414317.35.810
ReykjavikIceland6-18212611
OsakaJapan-205212.56.312
CopenhagenDenmark242710320.36.813
Tel AvivIsrael321613320.36.814
San Francisco, CaliforniaUnited States72134320.76.915
LondonUnited Kingdom102924321716
Los Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States292311321717
OsloNorway84812322.77.618
ShenzhenChina-1221216.58.319
Washington DCUnited States93928325.38.420
MelbourneAustralia2847153301021
ParisFrance2263833110.322
Chicago, IllinoisUnited States403127332.710.923
LausanneSwitzerland11--1111124
Honolulu, HawaiiUnited States173549333.711.225
DublinIreland186625336.312.126
AucklandNew Zealand31611933712.327
Mountain View, CaliforniaUnited States13--1131328
PerthAustralia20505034013.329
SeoulSouth Korea11266341.313.830
VictoriaSeychelles-14-1141431
BrisbaneAustralia27713134314.332
Boston, MassachusettsUnited States215158343.314.433
DubaiUnited Arab Emirates49196434414.734
NdjamenaChad-15-1151535
WellingtonNew Zealand34872034715.736
Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates582262347.315.837
San Jose, CaliforniaUnited States16--1161638
Miami, FloridaUnited States504154348.316.139
HelsinkiFinland448817349.716.640
Seattle, WashingtonUnited States307646350.716.941
KinshasaDem. Rep. of the Congo-17-1171742
Oakland, CaliforniaUnited States19--1191943
AdelaideAustralia607738358.319.444
ShanghaiChina152816358.719.645
AmsterdamNetherlands388556359.719.946
Minneapolis, MinnesotaUnited States678626359.719.947
MunichGermany4798353602048
StockholmSweden3310645361.320.449
MilanItaly897329363.721.250
NoumeaNew Caledonia-4342242.521.351
GuangzhouChina-18702442252
FrankfurtGermany6311723367.722.653
VancouverCanada521094336822.754
LuxembourgLuxembourg3610763368.722.955
ViennaAustria10778223692356
Houston, TexasUnited States9774363692357
RomeItaly93803737023.358
DohaQatar35811003722459
Atlanta, GeorgiaUnited States73837537725.760
Maui, HawaiiUnited States26--1262661
QingdaoChina-45592522662
HamburgGermany7812533378.726.263
BrusselsBelgium921044137926.364
TianjinChina-37712542765
BeijingChina18511473812766
Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaUnited States901084838227.367
Sao PauloBrazil1402681382.327.468
CanberraAustralia4272-25728.569
TorontoCanada54119883872970
AmmanJordan178593038929.771
LyonFrance7513855389.329.872
BrazzavilleCongo-30-1303073
BarcelonaSpain11012140390.330.174
BerlinGermany10012052390.730.275
DalianChina--321323276
LibrevilleGabon-32-1323277
NanjingChina-32-1323278
MontevideoUruguay1576567396.332.179
Rio De JaneiroBrazil1465690397.332.480
TaipeiTaiwan2112557397.732.681
MadridSpain147113443101.333.882
NagoyaJapan-34-1343483
Cleveland, OhioUnited States1311017431023484
MoscowRussia19613983102.334.185
MontrealCanada120129653104.734.986
ManamaBahrain17455873105.335.187
AbidjanCôte d'Ivoire-42101271.535.888
JeddahSaudi Arabia991181063107.735.989
St.PetersburgRussia-36-1363690
ManchesterUnited Kingdom96-51273.536.891
San Diego, CaliforniaUnited States37--1373792
Dallas, TexasUnited States8762-274.537.393
BangkokThailand21867533112.737.694
Buenos AiresArgentina22140823114.338.195
Newark, New JerseyUnited States39--1393996
Detroit, MichiganUnited States183957331173997
SantiagoChile20168893119.339.898
LagosNigeria-281322804099
DusseldorfGermany-12239280.540.3100
Kuwait CityKuwait149112102312140.3101
Panama CityPanama172901143125.341.8102
RiyadhSaudi Arabia220531123128.342.8103
San JoseCosta Rica198110783128.742.9104
Boulder, ColoradoUnited States43--14343105
DhakaBangladesh28438663129.343.1106
MuscatOman197921053131.343.8107
ShenyangChina-44-14444108
LisbonPortugal169137913132.344.1109
NairobiKenya214114763134.744.9110
BristolUnited Kingdom45--14545111
Guatemala CityGuatemala22811172313745.7112
JerusalemIsrael46--14646113
ChengduChina-46-14646114
AthensGreece18414492314046.7115
San JuanPuerto Rico10979-29447116
BirminghamUnited Kingdom41147-29447117
BeirutLebanon13652-29447118
OxfordUnited Kingdom48--14848119
JakartaIndonesia26089853144.748.2120
Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei-1009429748.5121
Phnom PenhCambodia-1157929748.5122
LimaPeru248105863146.348.8123
DjiboutiDjibouti-49-14949124
IstanbulTurkey238142683149.349.8125
TashkentUzbekistan-124772100.550.3126
QuitoEcuador247123843151.350.4127
Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam27797803151.350.4128
DakarSenegal-93109210150.5129
Portland, OregonUnited States51--15151130
PragueCzech Republic233133953153.751.2131
ManilaPhilippines2739693315451.3132
HanoiVietnam301102603154.351.4133
MumbaiIndia282581293156.352.1134
Anchorage, AlaskaUnited States53--15353135
CalgaryCanada71143-210753.5136
AccraGhana-54-15454137
CorkIreland55--15555138
CasablancaMorocco2621301073166.355.4139
Sacramento, CaliforniaUnited States56--15656140
BogotaColombia25415397316856141
Saint Louis, MissouriUnited States122103-2112.556.3142
New DelhiIndia-991262112.556.3143
Kuala LumpurMalaysia24916596317056.7144
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaUnited States57--15757145
AshkhabadTurkmenistan-57-15757146
Mexico CityMexico255177833171.757.2147
OttawaCanada81152-2116.558.3148
BudapestHungary2411761103175.758.6149
WarsawPoland245180103317658.7150
Denver, ColoradoUnited States59--15959151
JohannesburgSouth Africa2251911173177.759.2152
AbujaNigeria-60-16060153
ColomboSri Lanka3041321083181.360.4154
StuttgartGermany102141-2121.560.8155
ChristchurchNew Zealand61--16161156
Lexington, KentuckyUnited States--6116161157
AsuncionParaguay2571781163183.761.2158
The HagueNetherlands62--16262159
Port of SpainTrinidad and Tobago17575-212562.5160
BelgradeSerbia2631981113190.763.6161
SofiaBulgaria275185113319163.7162
BrightonUnited Kingdom64--16464163
White Plains, ConnecticutUnited States-64-16464164
BelfastUnited Kingdom88170-212964.5165
BucharestRomania276181125319464.7166
Baltimore, MarylandUnited States65--16565167
ChennaiIndia-1351282131.565.8168
AlgiersAlgeria2781871273197.365.8169
GothenburgSweden66--16666170
KievUkraine3081631243198.366.1171
CairoEgypt319183993200.366.8172
BangaloreIndia306166131320167173
AlmatyKazakhstan2971751333201.767.2174
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaUnited States68--16868175
Hartford, ConnecticutUnited States69--16969176
SuzhouChina--6916969177
YangonMyanmar-69-16969178
MississaugaCanada70--17070179
YaoundeCameroon-70-17070180
GlasgowUnited Kingdom124161-2142.571.3181
GalwayIreland72--17272182
EdinburghUnited Kingdom74--17474183
LusakaZambia-1791222150.575.3184
BrasiliaBrazil176127-2151.575.8185
CologneGermany76--17676186
Austin, TexasUnited States77--17777187
LeedsUnited Kingdom79--17979188
EdmontonCanada80--18080189
HarareZimbabwe166156-216180.5190
Tacoma, WashingtonUnited States82--18282191
Morristown, New JerseyUnited States-82-18282192
PretoriaSouth Africa205-123216482193
KarachiPakistan-2011302165.582.8194
Newcastle Upon TyneUnited Kingdom83--18383195
RotterdamNetherlands84--18484196
BanguiCentral African Republic-84-18484197
New Orleans, LouisianaUnited States85--18585198
Burlington, VermontUnited States86--18686199
LjubljanaSlovenia182162-217286200
RigaLatvia219128-2173.586.8201
Santo DomingoDominican Republic208150-217989.5202
Saint PetersburgRussia244-1152179.589.8203
LimassolCyprus189174-2181.590.8204
ConakryGuinea-91-19191205
NiceFrance91--19191206
Port LouisMauritius202171-2186.593.3207
Nashville, TennesseeUnited States94--19494208
DoualaCameroon-94-19494209
KingstonJamaica222155-2188.594.3210
BratislavaSlovakia229148-2188.594.3211
VictoriaCanada95--19595212
ZagrebCroatia224159-2191.595.8213
TallinnEstonia226160-219396.5214
Addis AbabaEthiopia252136-219497215
Providence, Rhode IslandUnited States98--19898216
VilniusLithuania232167-2199.599.8217
San SalvadorEl Salvador243157-2200100218
KathmanduNepal285-1182201.5100.8219
Fort Worth, TexasUnited States101--1101101220
Dar Es SalaamTanzania246164-2205102.5221
Salt Lake City, UtahUnited States103--1103103222
Madison, WisconsinUnited States104--1104104223
Al KhobarSaudi Arabia--1041104104224
LimerickIreland105--1105105225
Ann Arbor, MichiganUnited States106--1106106226
KampalaUganda240186-2213106.5227
Riverside, CaliforniaUnited States108--1108108228
Cape TownSouth Africa237199-2218109229
WindhoekNamibia235207-2221110.5230
Grand Rapids, MichiganUnited States111--1111111231
TegucigalpaHonduras250197-2223.5111.8232
AntwerpBelgium113--1113113233
Milwaukee, WisconsinUnited States114--1114114234
Charlotte, North CarolinaUnited States115--1115115235
La PazBolivia268193-2230.5115.3236
Portland, MaineUnited States-116-1116116237
Fresno, CaliforniaUnited States116--1116116238
MonterreyMexico264203-2233.5116.8239
Reno, NevadaUnited States117--1117117240
GaboroneBotswana274196-2235117.5241
TiranaAlbania281190-2235.5117.8242
Eugene, OregonUnited States118--1118118243
Tampa, FloridaUnited States119--1119119244
TehranIran--1191119119245
DamascasSyria--1201120120246
SarajevoBosnia And Herzegovina279202-2240.5120.3247
WinnipegCanada121--1121121248
CaracasVenezuela--1211121121249
HalifaxCanada123--1123123250
BakuAzerbaijan311182-2246.5123.3251
SkopjeMacedonia289206-2247.5123.8252
YerevanArmenia300195-2247.5123.8253
KolkataIndia315184-2249.5124.8254
ManaguaNicaragua305194-2249.5124.8255
Las Vegas, NevadaUnited States125--1125125256
Virginia Beach, VirginiaUnited States126--1126126257
BamakoMali-126-1126126258
Cincinnati, OhioUnited States127--1127127259
Asheville, North CarolinaUnited States128--1128128260
TbilisiGeorgia309204-2256.5128.3261
KelownaCanada129--1129129262
GenoaItaly130--1130130263
TunisTunisia314209-2261.5130.8264
Pointe A PitreGuadeloupe-131-1131131265
Little Rock, ArkansasUnited States132--1132132266
Jacksonville, FloridaUnited States133--1133133267
Fort Collins, ColoradoUnited States134--1134134268
Port Au PrinceHaiti-134-1134134269
Kansas City, MissouriUnited States135--1135135270
Phoenix, ArizonaUnited States137--1137137271
Orlando, FloridaUnited States138--1138138272
NottinghamUnited Kingdom139--1139139273
CotonouBenin-139-1139139274
Winston Salem, MassachusettsUnited States-140-1140140275
BolognaItaly141--1141141276
FlorenceItaly142--1142142277
Oklahoma City, OklahomaUnited States143--1143143278
Buffalo, New YorkUnited States144--1144144279
Quebec CityCanada145--1145145280
LomeTogo-145-1145145281
AberdeenUnited Kingdom-146-1146146282
LiverpoolUnited Kingdom148--1148148283
KigaliRwanda-149-1149149284
WaterlooCanada150--1150150285
HavanaCuba-151-1151151286
Colorado Springs, ColoradoUnited States151--1151151287
Columbus, OhioUnited States153--1153153288
Tulsa, OklahomaUnited States154--1154154289
OuagadougouBurkina Faso-154-1154154290
Richmond, VirginiaUnited States155--1155155291
Raleigh, North CarolinaUnited States156--1156156292
Birmingham, AlabamaUnited States158--1158158293
NiameyNiger-158-1158158294
Indianapolis, IndianaUnited States159--1159159295
Albuquerque, New MexicoUnited States160--1160160296
Wichita, KansasUnited States161--1161161297
San Antonio, TexasUnited States162--1162162298
Memphis, TennesseeUnited States163--1163163299
Knoxville, TennesseeUnited States164--1164164300
BilbaoSpain165--1165165301
Louisville, KentuckyUnited States167--1167167302
NurnbergGermany-168-1168168303
El Paso, TexasUnited States168--1168168304
RabatMorocco-169-1169169305
VallettaMalta170--1170170306
Greenville, South CarolinaUnited States171--1171171307
LeipzigGermany-172-1172172308
IslamabadPakistan-173-1173173309
Flint, MichiganUnited States173--1173173310
Boise, IdahoUnited States177--1177177311
Omaha, NebraskaUnited States179--1179179312
TurinItaly180--1180180313
SalvadorBrazil181--1181181314
Tucson, ArizonaUnited States186--1186186315
ThessalonikiGreece187--1187187316
MaputoMozambique-188-1188188317
CataniaItaly188--1188188318
NouakchottMauritania-189-1189189319
ValenciaSpain190--1190190320
CampinasBrazil191--1191191321
NicosiaCyprus192--1192192322
BanjulGambia-192-1192192323
Porto AlegreBrazil193--1193193324
FlorianopolisBrazil194--1194194325
Santos, Sao PauloBrazil195--1195195326
Belo HorizonteBrazil199--1199199327
RecifeBrazil200--1200200328
MinskBelarus-200-1200200329
GoiâniaBrazil203--1203203330
CuritibaBrazil204--1204204331
BlantyreMalawi-205-1205205332
SevilleSpain206--1206206333
SuvaFiji207--1207207334
BishkekKyrgyzstan-208-1208208335
NiteróiBrazil209--1209209336
MalagaSpain210--1210210337
BelémBrazil212--1212212338
São José dos CamposBrazil213--1213213339
FortalezaBrazil215--1215215340
Ribeirão PretoBrazil216--1216216341
Caxias do SulBrazil217--1217217342
SplitCroatia223--1223223343
JoinvilleBrazil227--1227227344
OportoPortugal230--1230230345
ManausBrazil231--1231231346
CoimbraPortugal234--1234234347
VitóriaBrazil236--1236236348
GuayaquilEcuador239--1239239349
NatalBrazil242--1242242350
DurbanSouth Africa251--1251251351
BrnoCzech Republic253--1253253352
RosarioArgentina256--1256256353
PodgoricaMontenegro258--1258258354
KrakowPoland259--1259259355
GdanskPoland261--1261261356
Kazan'Russia265--1265265357
MedellinColombia266--1266266358
CordobaArgentina267--1267267359
WroclawPoland269--1269269360
AnkaraTurkey270--1270270361
IzmirTurkey271--1271271362
PoznanPoland272--1272272363
CuencaEcuador280--1280280364
Cluj-napocaRomania283--1283283365
GurgaonIndia286--1286286366
Georgetown, PenangMalaysia287--1287287367
NovosibirskRussia288--1288288368
AntalyaTurkey290--1290290369
PueblaMexico291--1291291370
IasiRomania292--1292292371
TimisoaraRomania293--1293293372
QueretaroMexico294--1294294373
Santiago de CaliColombia295--1295295374
ChihuahuaMexico296--1296296375
GuadalajaraMexico298--1298298376
PrishtinaKosovo299--1299299377
DelhiIndia302--1302302378
Novi SadSerbia303--1303303379
ChisinauMoldova307--1307307380
ChandigarhIndia310--1310310381
PuneIndia312--1312312382
MadrasIndia313--1313313383
AhmedabadIndia316--1316316384
HyderabadIndia317--1317317385
CoimbatoreIndia318--1318318386
BhubaneswarIndia320--1320320387
KochiIndia321--1321321388
OdessaUkraine322--1322322389
KharkivUkraine323--1323323390

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