Moving to another city is an exciting step. A new culture, new cuisine, new language and a whole new world of opportunities greet you. But how do different cities around the globe compare to one another in terms of cost?
To calculate how much a family with kids would spend during one month abroad, we chose 13 global cities and rounded up local "basic expenses"(food, household goods and clothing) and local "expat extras" such as rent in a two-bedroom furnished apartment, tuition for international school for the children, household help twice a month and a language course.
Read our ranking, from the most expensive city to the most affordable (all figures in US dollars).
Basic costs are the highest of any city on our list, and accommodation is especially expensive (2397.80 per month).
Accommodation is significantly cheaper in the Belgian capital than in Geneva, but school fees (2,356.76 per month) and the cost of language courses (678.43 per month) can add up.
As in Geneva, the biggest expenditure here is for accommodation (2,745.60 per month).
Accommodation is more affordable than in all previous cities, but international school fees can reach 1,756.71 a month.
Accommodation expenses here exceed those of all other cities on our list (2,867.54).
High accommodation costs (1,751.57) and international school fees (1,339.72).
Pricy international school fees (2,036.99).
High basic expenditures (behind only Geneva) and significant accommodation cost (1,957.64).
Very low accommodation cost (685.78).
Low accommodation costs (842.41).
Low accommodation (674.10) and basic costs.
The accommodation carries a 1,167.37 price tag but the international school is very affordable.
As in Santiago de Chile, accommodation here is very cheap at USD 658.71 and basic costs are even cheaper.
Note: The cost of a basket is based on the average consumption of a family with 1-2 children.