Two Pakistani Cities Ranked Among World’s Cheapest Cities

Pakistan’s federal capital, Islamabad, and largest city, Karachi, have been ranked amongst the world’s cheapest cities in 2021 for expatriates.

Karachi has been ranked the ninth cheapest city in the world, while Islamabad has been ranked the eleventh cheapest city in the 2021 rankings.

Mercer, an American asset management firm, analyzed data from 209 cities across five continents to compile the list of the most expensive and most affordable cities in the world in its twenty-seventh annual Cost of Living Survey.


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It analyzed the comparative cost of over 200 items, including accommodation, transportation, food, and household essentials, to rank each city.

Ashgabat, Hong Kong, and Beirut have been ranked as the top three most expensive cities in the world for overseas workers, while Bishkek, Lusaka, and Tbilisi have been ranked as the least expensive cities for expatriates in 2021.

Here is the list of the top 20 most expensive cities in the world:

Ranking  City Country 
1 Ashgabat Turkmenistan
2 Hong Kong Hong Kong (SAR)
3 Beirut Lebanon
4 Tokyo Japan
5 Zurich Switzerland
6 Shanghai China
7 Singapore Singapore
8 Geneva Switzerland
9 Beijing China
10 Bern Switzerland
11 Seoul South Korea
12 Shenzhen China
13 Ndjamena Chad
14 New York City US
15 Tel Aviv Israel
16 Copenhagen Denmark
17 Guangzhou China
18 London UK
19 Lagos Nigeria
20 Libreville Gabos



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Here is the list of the top 20 cheapest cities in the world:

Ranking City Country
209 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
208 Lusaka Zambia
207 Tbilisi Georgia
206 Tunis Tunisia
205 Brasilia Brazil
204 Windhoek Namibia
203 Tashkent Uzbekistan
202 Gaborone Botswana
201 Karachi Pakistan
200 Banjul The Gambia
199 Islamabad Pakistan
198 Algiers Algeria
197 Minsk Belarus
196 Managua Nicaragua
195 Yerevan Armenia
194 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
193 Almaty Kazakhstan
192 Skopje North Macedonia
191 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
190 Blantyre Malawi