Last week we published the top cities in the world for high cost of expat living. Now it’s time to flip it around and show you the lowest-cost cities. I explained the methodology here.
While most of the high cost-of-living cities are in the Pacific Rim and Europe, most of the lowest cost cities are in Africa.
So, without further ado, here are the least expensive cities for expats in the world.
- Sanaa, Yemen
- NukuAlofa, Tonga
- Tripoli, Libya
- Thimpu, Bhutan
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- La Paz, Bolivia
- Tunis, Tunisia
- Kampala, Uganda
- Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The question is, would you want to actually live in any of them?
I confess I don’t know much about these cities. I’m quite sure I wouldn’t be happy in Libya, Yemen or Tajikistan.
Other notable low-cost cities include Pyongyang, Korea (287), Tianjin, China (284), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogovina (282), Kathmandu, Nepal (281) and Quito, Ecuador (280). In the United States, Indianapolis, IN (285), Memphis, TN (272) and El Paso, TX (270) are the least expensive cities ranked.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ranks at 264.
Low-cost cities in countries already popular with expats include Belmopon, Belize (256), Panama City, Panama (216), San Jose, Costa Rica (206), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (198), Bangkok, Thailand (181), Mexico City, Mexico (180) and Manila, Phillipines (177).
The lowest-ranked western European city is Gibraltar (183).
Could you see yourself living in any of the the lowest-cost cities?