And the most expensive city in the world is...
Singapore. If you don't plan to read the full top 10, or the rest of the article for that matter, the answer is Singapore.
But the land of swanky skyscrapers, expensive luxury malls, and transport that triples NYC's in cost ranks as the most expensive place to live on the planet, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living 2014 report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The report collected data from 131 cities around the world, factoring in the price of food and drink, domestic and personal items, clothing, housing and rent, and bills, among other costs. Other important criteria included the cost of a bottle of wine (which would typically set you back $25 in Singapore, but only $4 in Bucharest), a carton of cigarettes (around the same price in Tokyo and Bucharest, one of the most affordable cities), and a loaf of bread, which costs as much as $11 in Caracas!
Other pricey places to live include Paris, Geneva and Zurich (yes, unsurprisingly, two Swiss cities appeared in the top 10), Sydney, and Tokyo -- which held the top spot in 2013.
On the flip side, India dominates in affordability, having two cities in the top 10 least expensive. Probably has something to do with it being a a billion degrees there most of the year.
Check out that graphic below and peruse more of the report here.