The 10 Most Expensive Places to Live

As a full service Boulder moving company, we can help you move anywhere — even to one of the most expensive cities in the world. While the cost of living in these cities is pretty high, there might be some reasons why you’d want know how to plan a more there, and we can help. What are the most expensive cities, you ask? Well, Forbes has just published an article titled ‘The Most Expensive Cities in the World,’ and here are some of the choices from that list.

  • Luanda, Angola
  • N’Djamena, Chad
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Shanghai, China

What’s the Deal With Switzerland?

Switzerland is listed three times above, but why is Switzerland so expensive? The cost of living is high in Switzerland, that’s for sure. However, most Swiss workers bring home around the equivalent of $5,000 per month, and that’s an average to low salary. So, really, Switzerland is just an expensive place to visit. If you’re planning to move to Switzerland, and you have a job lined up, you should be fine with the high rents and high costs of everyday things, since your salary should be in line with the overall cost of living in Switzerland.

The Most Expensive Places to Visit

Let’s say that you’re moving to Thornton, CO, but directly after your move you decide that you need to take a vacation (and why not?). If you are planning to travel on a budget, here are the places that you may not want to visit, or only visit for a day, since they are the most expensive towns and cities for travelers to check out.

  • Zurich, Switzerland (there’s Switzerland again!)
  • London, England
  • New York City, New York
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hong Kong

If you do plan to visit any of those cities, make sure to budget in advance — a beer at a pub could cost you more than $9 in some cities! If you’re moving to Colorado, you’ll have a much easier time affording basic things in this state that you would if you move to, say, Singapore or London. Still, it’s nice to visit some expensive cities, just make sure that you don’t stay too long, or you could wind up completely broke!

Most of the cities in this article are expensive due to high taxes, but the people that live in those cities tend to make comparative salaries. The only exceptions to this rule might be London and NYC where people often struggle to make ends meet. So, why do people live in expensive cities that they can’t really afford? It’s all about the city itself.

Some cities are just magical and full of history, and that’s hard to replace or ignore. In other cases, some cities offer job opportunities that can’t be found elsewhere, even if those job vacancies are scarce. Whatever the reason might be, once you’ve found a city that you love, it’s hard to live anywhere else — regardless of the cost!

Moving Advice and Help

If you are planning a move and need help with how to plan a move or with anything else that involves your upcoming move, take a look around this blog for information and ideas. Of course, if you need to hire movers, contact Exodus Moving and Storage today. We offer complete moving services from start to finish, and we even have storage space available — call today for a free quote. Have you ever lived in one of the cities on this list? Where is the most expensive place that you’ve ever called home? Let us know on Facebook!

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