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Top 10 Cheapest Cities In The World

Updated on April 12, 2015

Introduction

Ever wondered where would be a cheap place to live? Wonder no more as this page lists the cheapest major cities in the world in which to live as of February 2009.

The initial aim was for it to be a list of the top 10 cheapest cities in the world in which to live. However, as will become apparent there are more than 10 cities on the list, and this is due to there being more than one city at position number 10 on the list, and so they have all been listed below.

10 (Joint). Johannesburg

In joint tenth place on the list of cheapest cities in the world is the south African city of Johannesburg. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and has the largest economy of any city within Africa. This is due to the size of the city, as well as the resources which surround it which include both gold and diamonds. In addition, Johannesburg is the hub of Southern African travel. Despite this the cost of living in Johannesburg is very low and this could be due to many reasons. Firstly, due to the city being located in Africa labour is relatively cheap. In addition building for housing occurs quite a lot, and so housing cost can be cheap, especially when compared to cities of a similar size in western nations. Finally currency fluctuations at the time of compiling the stats led to South Africa being cheap. All of these factors combine to position Johannesburg joint tenth on a list of least expensive cities in the world in which to live.

Part of central Johannesburg.  Taken by Mister-E and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution v2.0 license.
Part of central Johannesburg. Taken by Mister-E and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution v2.0 license.

10 (Joint). Bucharest

Bucharest appears joint tenth on the list of least expensive cities to live in. Along with being the capital of Romania, Bucharest has the largest population of any Romanian city at 2 million, and is the political, cultural and economic heart of the country. Being the major city in Romania leads to the majority of large Romanian businesses being headquartered in the city. In addition many international companies have their national or regional offices in Bucharest or the surrounding regions. The economy grew in the lead up to, and after accession to the European Union, but recently the entire Romanian economy has been affected by the global credit crisis leading to exchange rate changes. As a result of Romania being one of the poorest regions within the European Union, local wages are relatively low, and therefore there is also a low cost for most goods and services which leads to Bucharest having the joint tenth lowest cost of living of any major city worldwide.

The Palace of the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest.  Taken by Mele22 and distributed under Creative Commons Attricution ShareAlike 3.0 license.
The Palace of the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest. Taken by Mele22 and distributed under Creative Commons Attricution ShareAlike 3.0 license.

10 (Joint). Pretoria

Pretoria appears joint tenth on the list, along with Bucharest and it's fellow South African city of Johannesburg. Pretoria is one of the three capitals of South Africa, and as such several major companies are located here although the city can sometimes be overshadowed by it's much larger neighbour, Johannesburg. Like Johannesburg, Pretoria is located near to many gold and diamond mines, and so this brings the city a certain degree of wealth. However, despite this the wages are still low by western standards. This combined with good infrastructure leading to low costs and plenty of land for building leads to Pretoria being joint tenth on a list of the least expensive cities in which to live.

A photograph of the central business district (CBD) of Pretoria.
A photograph of the central business district (CBD) of Pretoria.

8 (Joint). Kiev

The city of Kiev is the joint eighth on the list of inexpensive cities in which to live. Kiev is the capital city of Ukraine which is an eastern European country. A former Soviet nation, it has attempted to switch to a market based economy over the last few years. Heavy industry and agriculture play a big part in the Ukrainian economy, and Kiev is the location of many of these industrial sites. In addition to heavy industry Kiev also has many other economic drivers. As Kiev is by far the largest city in the Ukraine, many Ukrainian and international businesses have headquarters or regional bases in the city. Kiev also has very good infrastructure and this combined with the relatively low cost of property leads to cheap goods and services. As can be seen all of these factors combine to lead to Kiev being joint 8th on a list of the least expensive most expensive cities in the world to live in.

Motherland Statue at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev.  Photo by Marianivka and distributed under GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2.
Motherland Statue at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev. Photo by Marianivka and distributed under GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2.

8 (Joint). Asunción

Asunción is the largest city in the South American country of Paraguay, and is also this county's capital. It appears joint 8th on the list of most inexpensive cities in the world in which to live. Asunción is the shortened name for the city - the extended version is Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción which means Our Lady, Holy Mary of the Assumption. Like many other cities in the world, Asunción has grown in size until it's metropolitan area encompasses many other towns and cities. However, it is still relatively small in population size relative to many other South American cities, with a metropolitan population of less than 2 million. As with many capital cities, Asunción has a primarily service based economy, with over 80% of workers finding employment in fields such as teaching, banking and retail. However, considerable manufacturing does take place in Asunción, mainly dealing with the processing of agricultural goods such as cotton, flour and cattle. There has been relatively little economic growth across Paraguay for over 20 years and this has had an effect upon the city of Asunción, with the effect that it has depressed the cost of goods and property. This is a primary reason which leads to Asunción being the joint eighth cheapest city in the world.

Asunción at sunset.  Picture taken by Alex-S and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.
Asunción at sunset. Picture taken by Alex-S and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.

7. Manila

Manila appears seventh on the list of least expensive cities ranked in terms of the cost of living. Manila is the capital city of the Philipines, and is the centre of the country's largest metropolitan area. However, the population of 1.4 million means that Manila is only the second largest city in the Philippines, with Quezon City being first with over 2.5 million inhabitants. Despite the fact that the area where Manila now stands having been the location for settlements for possibly thousands of years, the city really grew under the colonial rule of various countries. These foreign powers included Spain, the UK, the USA and during World War II Japan. Even after independence for the Philippines from US rule in 1946 Manila was not made the capital city until 1976. Nowadays the greater Manila area is at the centre of the economy of the Philippines, and is very diversified. There are industrial plants which manufacture many things including, but not limited to consumer electronics, chemicals and clothing. Tourism is playing an increasing role in the economy of Manila, and each year in excess of a million visitors come. Manila is also the major port for the Philippines, and all forms of retailing from markets through to malls play a big part. Finally there are also all of the governmental offices, and company headquarters which add an additional strand to the city's economy. However, the cost of living in Manila is till relatively low. Goods and services are relatively cheap due to low labour costs. These are due to the large numbers of relatively poorer people who gravitate towards Manila from the more outlying areas of the Philipines every year. Also outside of a few premium areas, the cost of property is low. Finally the Philippines earned a lot of money from remittances sent back by people who worked abroad, but with the global downturn these are starting to fall. Finally recent exchange rate movements have led to it being cheaper when compared with the currencies used by some of the major world economies. All of these factors combine to make Manila the 7th cheapest city in the world to live in.

Night time view of the Manila skyline taken by Vanessa David and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.
Night time view of the Manila skyline taken by Vanessa David and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.

6. Tripoli

Tripoli appears sixth on the list of the cheapest cities in the world. Tripoli is both the largest and capital city of the north African country of Libya. The history of Tripoli stretches back thousands of years to before the Roman period. Tripoli has a population of over 1.5 million, and was an economic hub for the north African region for many years up until the mid 1980s. However, Libya was the recipient of various sanctions due to the sponsorship of terrorism which had an impact upon the capital city of Tripoli. However, more recently the country has opened up once again after the lifting of sanctions, leading to Tripoli experiencing increased economic growth. The local economy is multi-layered. Tripoli is the heart of the Libyan economy with the vast majority of major Libyan companies having their headquarters here. Tourism is also a rapidly growing part of the local economy. Tripoli has a relatively well developed infrastructure, with a major port and airport, and this leads to cheap costs associated with transporting of goods. It is this, coupled with the generous local taxation policies which leads to Triploli being the 6th least expensive place in the world in which to live.

This is a view of some of the buildings in Tripoli along with some of the coastline of the natural harbour.  It is produced by StartAgain and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 License.
This is a view of some of the buildings in Tripoli along with some of the coastline of the natural harbour. It is produced by StartAgain and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 License.

5. Kathmandu

The Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu appears fifth on the list of the least expensive cities in the world in which to live. In addition to being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is also the largest and most developed city within the country. It is nestled in Kathmandu Valley within the Himalayas mountain range. Until recently Nepal was in a state of war with armed communist insurgents operating throughout the country, which has led to economic growth being retarded. However within the last few years the country has become much more peaceful, leading to quite rapid economic growth. The main industry in Kathmandu is tourism, attracted to the city because of it's uniqueness, as well as the city being a useful gateway to the Himalayan mountain ranges. Within Kathmandu there are a large number of Buddhist Temples and palaces and these are very impressive, and unlike anything in most of the western world. Like the vast majority of cities on this list of the top 10 cheapest cities, Kathmandu had the best infrastructure in the country, and this is what partly explains the low cost of living. In addition, there is a low average wage, which leads to cheaper goods and services. These factors, along with others, lead to Kathmandu occupying 5th place in the countdown of the cheapest major cities in the world.

A view of Kathmandu City nestled in Kathmandu Valley with the Himalayan Mountains in the background.  Originallly produced by aNantaB and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.
A view of Kathmandu City nestled in Kathmandu Valley with the Himalayan Mountains in the background. Originallly produced by aNantaB and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.

4. New Delhi

New Delhi appears fourth on the list of the top 10 cheapest cities in the world to live in. The Indian capital, it is a relatively new city having been constructed primarily in the last 100 years. It was originally planned by the British as the seat of governance for the colony of India, and was designed by the distinguished English architect Edwin Lutyens. New Delhi is situated south of Delhi, and was originally separated. However, due to urbanisation, the two cities are now joined into one massive metropolis. The vast majority of statistics which are relevant for New Delhi are part of this wider region, and so this makes it hard to get solid figures for the city. However in population terms New Delhi is relatively small, with a population of just over 300,000 people, although the metropolitan area has the second highest population of any metropolis in India. Being the political heart of such a vast country means that the a large part of the economy of New Delhi is sustained by the administration of the nation. Despite being the political capital of India, the financial capital is Mumbai. However, commerce and services are playing an increasing part in the economy of New Delhi. The local wages within New Delhi are relatively high by Indian standards for many of the residents. In addition, the price of goods and services are low, partly due to low Indian labour costs and partly due to currency fluctuations. These two factors combined lead to New Delhi being the fourth most inexpensive major city in the world in which to live.

Gates and arches are major landmarks in many capital cities (for example the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) and this is New Delhi's version - India Gate.  Produced by Shashwat_Nagpal and produced under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.
Gates and arches are major landmarks in many capital cities (for example the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) and this is New Delhi's version - India Gate. Produced by Shashwat_Nagpal and produced under Creative Commons Attribution License Version 2.0.

3. Mumbai

The third most expensive city in the world in terms of living costs is Mumbai. Mumbai has the largest population of any city in India, and was previously known as Bombay. In addition, whilst New Delhi is the political capital of India, Mumbai is the commercial and cultural capital of the country. Mumbai is home to the main port in the country, the primary stock exchanges, and Bollywood which is the Indian equivalent of Hollywood. Mumbai is the location for many of the largest Indian companies, and many international companies co-ordinate their activities for the entire southern Asian region from here. All of these factors combine to result in Mumbai having a vibrant local economy with wages approximately three times greater than the Indian average. Goods and services in Mumbai have low costs realtive to local wages due to three primary factors. Firstly local wages are higher than other areas than India, which leads to more income available. Secondly transportation and production of goods is cheap due to the good local infrastructure which includes a major port. Finally, the low wages elsewhere in India leads to low prices for goods and services from outside the Mumbai region. In addition, these low wages lead to a large number of immigrants to Mumbai who often work in unskilled jobs, thus reducing the cost of such goods and services further. These three factors combine to make Mumbai the third cheapest major city in the world to live in.

View of the coastline of Mumbai.  Photo by Sajpics distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License.
View of the coastline of Mumbai. Photo by Sajpics distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 License.

2. Tehran

Tehran comes second on the list of the top ten cheapest major cities in the world. Tehran is the capital of Iran, and also has the largest population of any city within this country at over 7 million for the city proper and approximately 15 million for the metropolitan area. Tehran is a city in the shadow of the Alborz mountains, and so part of the local economy is dependent on tourism. However, the primary parts of the economy of Tehran are linked to manufacturing, construction and services. Tehran is the main base for the administration of Iran, and so this leads to many public sector jobs. In addition, Tehran is the business heart of Iran with many Iranian businesses based in the city. Due to the isolated nature of Iran due to it's political regime, very few major western companies do business in the country. This means that many items used in the country are manufactured in and around Tehran including textiles, consumer electronics and vehicles. Finally there are many private sector service based jobs, such as retailing, which account for a large percentage of the workforce in Tehran. This means that there is a relatively diversified economy in Tehran, with employment being across a wide range of industries. In Tehran the tax rate is low compared with many western countries, and so this decreases the cost of living. In addition, energy costs are also very low, partly due to the large fossil fuel reserves of Iran. Tehran also has relatively high wages, particularly compared with elsewhere in Iran and surrounding countries. The low cost of purchasing goods and services, coupled with these regionally high wages, leads to Tehran being the second most inexpensive major city in the world.

This is a photo of the north of Tehran with the mountains Alborz mountains to the rear.  Photo by Siamax and distributed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.
This is a photo of the north of Tehran with the mountains Alborz mountains to the rear. Photo by Siamax and distributed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

1. Karachi

The least expensive city in the world in which to live is the Pakistani city of Karachi. There are several large cities within Pakistan, but Karachi is the largest with a population which according to the United Nations is in excess of 12 million. Whilst the political capital of Pakistan is Islamabad, Karachi is definitely the economic centre. It is home to the largest port in Pakistan situated in a sheltered natural harbour, and it is this which originally provided the conditions for the city to grow. Whilst the port continues to play an important part in economy of Karachi, the economy has diversified. Karachi is the location for the headquarters for many of the largest Pakistani companies, as well as being the location for the Pakistani offices of many international firms. Manufacturing plays a big part in the local economy, and increasingly outsourcing of services from richer countries plays a part, particularly with call centres. All of these factors combine to result in Karachi having what has been claimed to be the highest average wage of any city in south Asia. However, despite the regionally high wages, Karachi is still located in south Asia, and so many of the prices for goods and services reflect this. In addition the excellent infrastructure links further reduce the price of imported goods. These high wages, coupled with low prices of goods and services, result in Karachi being the cheapest major city in the world in which to live.

One of the most iconic buildings in Karachi is the MCB Tower shown in this photo by Mohsin Hassan.
One of the most iconic buildings in Karachi is the MCB Tower shown in this photo by Mohsin Hassan.

If you could live in any of these cities, which one would you choose?

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    • BristolBoy profile image
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      BristolBoy 3 years ago from Bristol

      Travelholidays, ShaamCA, Arnab Roy and Toytasting (what a great name!); thank you all for taking the time to comment on this hub, I am glad you found it useful!

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Glad to know that Mumbai and Delhi are a part of this list. I wasn't knowing about the other places, so thanks for sharing the information :)

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      Arnab Roy 4 years ago

      Great list. Calcutta is definitely missing out.

      I do not think anyone would relocate to Karachi in Pakistan which is one of the most dangerous places to live in.

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      ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

      Interesting listing with stunning photos . Thanks for sharing such a great article about the cheapest cities in the world :)

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Cool Information "BristolBoy". Nice collection every traveler loves this but I have doubt with "New Delhi" is it comes under cheapest cities

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      BristolBoy 4 years ago from Bristol

      RR, thanks for taking the time to comment! Tehran is an unlikely place to visit now!

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      Great hub - I voted Mumbai to live, but I've always wanted to visit Iran and that photo of Tehran looks incredible. Sadly my Iran trip looks less and less likely these days... :(

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      donmanual 5 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

      Interesting article! I choose Manila :)

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      meer 5 years ago

      great article

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      Nanu (Ramos) 5 years ago

      Happy to find Kathmandu on the list.. Yeahhh, Kathmandu is more than good place to live in the earth.

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      Ajay 5 years ago

      Nice post.... i like the pictures

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      jowell 5 years ago

      wow manila cool

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      Bennett Camp 5 years ago

      I am an American and live in Trujillo. Peru..I love it here but you better be able to live on your pension as the average worker here gets @ $300 USD per month so if you are looking for part time work......

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      jamila sahar 5 years ago

      Interesting hub !

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      Osmond 5 years ago

      BristolBoy, cool writing, amazing pictures! I never thought that Tehran could have been that beautiful, from Google Map it seems just to be desert everywhere. I've been living in many different cities and my opinion is the living cost would be related so much with lifestyle and culture. I would like to visit all these cities you mentioned.

      You should try to research Jakarta and will find this city could be as cheap as the others. The beautiful point is we still have $1 beer here.

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      JoburgBoy 5 years ago

      Wow, very surprised that 19% of voters want to live in MY city! Great to know not everyone is afraid of a few lousy criminals. Personally, I would prefer Manila though but I think Tehran deserves more than 3%. Iran isn't as repressive as the Western media makes out.

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      Siraj Ahmed 5 years ago

      I like to see.very good.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great post..nice

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      random 5 years ago

      i thnk China is the top in the cheapest cities list!

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      Asad Malik 5 years ago

      Rahul please show some maturity, and do not start India-Pakistan war here.

      Good work done Bristolboy, I thought China was also cheap to live in.

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      prabes 5 years ago

      kathmandu is beautiful city of world to visit.......first kathmandu and second johannasburg I like to live........

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      Numan 5 years ago

      Woow, the city im living in is the cheapest in the world !!!!

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      Ranjan 6 years ago

      How kathmandu so cheapest ? I love nepal ....its wrong

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      Anuj Chaudhary (Veerpur.BSR.INDIA) 6 years ago

      I love india and i love indian population

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      Tourist in asia thanks for that comment on preferring Manila!

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      tourist in asia 6 years ago

      i find that manila is the best city ive ever visit in my entire life. philippines as i say

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      mmenting Brian, chinay and saadal baloch!

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      saadal baloch 6 years ago

      most definitely karachi is one the cheapest city, a place u can eat a good meal in few rupees.a nice work and most obviously other r as same as karachi.

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      chinay 6 years ago

      are you sure that manila is one of the cheapest country? oh come, maybe you wanna say manila is one of the number most expensive city,. :)

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      Brian 6 years ago

      I was in Kiev for one month last year. Yes, it is cheap to eat and live but renting a flat of hotel is expensive! Tallinn, Estonia would be better served on this list than Kiev.

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting everyone on this list of cheapest cities in the world - I hope you all enjoyed it!

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      SUBHASISH SENSARMA 6 years ago

      WHAT ABOUT KOLKATA?

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      Shah Funterzzz 6 years ago

      Please do your research again.... Karachi is not the Cheapest city....

      no..

      not at all...

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      raon 6 years ago

      yeah,karachi is the bigest city in the world and chespest also karachi is great.

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      sb 6 years ago

      Are we talking about living or just surviving in the cheapest cities in the world? Tehran is the city I was born and lived in for many years. And maybe it is one of the cheapest cities. But people dont live there. they just survive, looking forward for a better system,, that can give them permission to breath free. ya, you can live there very cheap, but you will live in a big prison.

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      Donald  6 years ago

      I would live in Romania, but there is no way on gods green earth I would live in Iran, or in the Philippines. Iran is to close to the war and the philippines is now the kidnapping capital of the world.

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      Bisma 6 years ago

      Go Karachi! The coolest city in the world is my Karachi!

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      wiqi  6 years ago

      karachi is the best

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      Sasha 6 years ago

      Was surprised to see the Ukrainian city you chose was Kiev, Lviv is much cheaper!. I would imagine an Indonesian city would be very high up the list also

      Good work though

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      brahma 6 years ago

      All are wrong. the cheapest city in the world is Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. here you will find a full delicious meal at Tk.25 US $.3 cent and you can buy a jeans pant @ US$ 2. in one dollar you can by 6 kilos of different vegetables and many services are free here those usually charged in other countries. If any one doesn't believe he is welcome to investigate the reality.

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      travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Great summary and lovely photos.

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      Jenna haze 6 years ago

      I prefer Bucharest! I love the iconic view of that building.

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      sanjay 6 years ago

      KOLKATA should be there...........

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      anil  6 years ago

      is great .......

      kathmandu

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      josephine 7 years ago

      Bristol boy you are so wrong about one thing for sure. Tehran is not the cheapest city to live. I am not sure what you are comparing it to but if you are a millionaire and like to get the most from your money maybe but for average middle class people this city is not how you rated.

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      adon 7 years ago

      very nice info. i hope you guys try JOGJAKARTA in Central Java, Indonesia. cheap food, sincere people, calm city, tons of silver and woodcraft.

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      Jimit S 7 years ago

      HI GR8!!!! Hub...

      Acc to my View the cities are compared to the cost of living IRRESPECTIVE of the currency translation VALUE...

      for ex.

      In Mumbai you do have a 2BHK appartment which wud cost $ 10,000 a month and also

      a 2BHK appt. in nother mumbai with $1000 for the same..

      Hence its pretty relative to your earnings as well

      SO if you consider India in this list

      Probably Mumbai wud have TOPPED the list in the expensive ones... ;-)

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Adam D - is that minimum wage you mention per hour, day, week, month or year? If per hour or day it isn't too bad! In London even a very cheap room would cost about 70%+ of the minimum wage!

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      Adam D 7 years ago

      Manila is a cheap place to live with salaries from western countries. I live in Manila now originally from chi-town, the minimum wage is 350peso= roughly $7. Many filipinos make this wage because of high unemployment. Even a very crappy room is going to cost $100 in a bad neighborhood. A city like Cebu, or Davao would be more affordable with similar salaries...but you are right about alcohol being cheap..I buy a liter of prety decent brandy (gran matador) for less than $2.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      anil saini it is good you are proud of where you come from. I assume it is one of the top 10 cheapest cities in the world (why else would you comment on this page) but wish you would have identified what your city was!

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      anil saini 7 years ago

      we proud for being here i love ths plc its a nice hub

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      bla bla - that is very interesting. Maybe that has something to do with why Paraguay is home to one of the cheapest cities in the world!

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      bla bla 7 years ago

      I don't think Paraguay is nice! I have been there and it's very dirty.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Sam according to the study carried out Karachi was the cheapest city in the world. Mirza, I am not sure what you mean by your comment - you say that you are sure that Karachi is the cheapest city in the world but then say it is expensive so not sure what I am supposed to confirm!

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      MIrza 7 years ago

      I am sure that karachi is cheapest city in the world. i live there for 1 year. its expensive city. pleaes confirm

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      SAM 7 years ago

      i dont agree with this. karachi is not the cheapest city. cheapest city is Dubai

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Harry! I am glad you found this hub on the cheapest cities in the world to be interesting!

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      HARRY FROM GREAT INDIA  7 years ago

      GREAT INFORMATION TO SEE WORLD.

      THANKS FOR SHARING THE PRECIOUS INFORMATION.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thank you to all of those who have commented on this page so far in 2010!

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      7 years ago

      Nice information, thank you for sharing!! At least i know that CHEAPEST-RIVER is one of top 10 the Cheapest Place In The World (I'm sorry to hear that)

      @ cecil: Or...Keep staying where you are...RIP!

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      sunny 7 years ago

      Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu I love Kathmandu.

      Not because it is cheap.

      You can feel home there, friendly, smiling people everywhere. And we can feel very safe and secure because Kathmandu is very generous for tourists....Thats why I love Kathmandu.

      Stay safe and Happy ;)

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      rzibit 7 years ago from Bals

      I am really surprised to see how many people would like to live in Bucharest...but they actually don't know what they mean:))

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      Tuomas 7 years ago

      I have been to new delhi, mumbai and kathmandu. Comparing these cities I have found that Mumbai is expensive than New Delhi.And Kathmandu is way cheaper than New Delhi.

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      Torry 7 years ago

      I have spent a good time in the capital city (New Delhi) of India.

      But it is not a cheapest city in the world at all.

      It is very expensive in comparison of Kolkata.

      The transportation and accommodation expenses are very high in this city.

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      Antonio 7 years ago

      I think Bogota should be in the list... Why? because of this

      taxis cost around 3 dollars

      Cinemas cost around 5 dollars and even 2 dollars

      Bogota has a population of more than 8million, with many residecial neibours, shopping centers, imax, cinemas, pubs, cclubs, lakes nearby, with average temperture of 20C.

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      Urvish 7 years ago

      MUMBAI is one of the finest city of the world.I am living there from years and the demand for mumbai is rising like a democracy.

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      samr 7 years ago

      interesting!karachi is beautifl

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      Filipino 7 years ago

      It is really surprising for me to see the name of Manila in this category ....... Are you sure?

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      Yus 7 years ago

      Hi.. I lived in Cape town for a year in 2008-2009. The city is beautiful, but definitely not that cheap. My capital city Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia is much cheaper and safer in general, and the food is marvelous

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      nida naveed 7 years ago from saudi arabia

      yeah really informative hub .but am so glad to know that karachi is the cheapest city to live because my karachi is very beautiful city and its good to live in a beautiful and huge city with very low cost.

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      lizy22 7 years ago

      I found your post really very interesting and informative. Thanks for this information. Keep posting...............

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      rashi 7 years ago

      well i m living in new delhi do i choose that only

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      Alton 7 years ago

      The very best and cheapest place in the world for me are Port Elizabeth...Hands down and the safest and have the best breathtaking land scapes...

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      madhu 7 years ago

      GOOD TO SEE IAM VERY EXICTED. THANK YOU.

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      june of ages 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. I am looking for a new place to live for a few years and I found this hub very helpful. I look fwd to reading about the most expensive cities (tho I could guess that a few are in Japan and Europe) to know where to avoid.

      Good work and thanks again.

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      Javaria 7 years ago

      Nice information , Thanks for sharing

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      Tim 7 years ago

      I agree quality research. However I would like to say even though they may be the cheapest cities in the world live in, they look just a beautiful as the most expensive cities to live in.

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      nettech 7 years ago from London (UK)

      Quality research, I'm surprised to see Karachi in top spot, its not actually that cheap from people who I know that live there. Excellent hub.

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      RATISH 7 years ago

      KATHMANDU IS THE CHEAPEST CITY

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      KellyEngaldo 7 years ago

      Faasinating! And I have a friend who has one residence in Karachi - did that surprize me! Great article.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Hi Samina. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It possibly is cheaper than any other cities. It may be the case that there are cheaper cities in Pakistan and elsewhere, but the research was only based on major world cities, and so some of these other cities in Pakistan may not have been included.

      P.R.Free I can't tell you much about Ethiopia other than it's a country in Africa! Saying anymore on an article of cheapest cities in the world will be going slightly off topic!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment JHOLLO74 and Zeeshan Zahid!

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      Zeeshan Zahid 7 years ago

      Now Karachi is a Beautiful City ow the world, Because last five years here have alot of construction and work by CDGK

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      P.R.Free 8 years ago

      Can anybody tell me something about Ethiopia??

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      JHOLLO74 8 years ago from USA

      Very nice hub on cheap cities now I know where I'm headed.

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      Samina 8 years ago

      I live in Karachi, and trust me its not the cheapest city to live in, considering Karachi a cosmopolitan city of Pakistan, its the most expensive city in the country, with people coming from every part of the country to find jobs. Wages which are at minimum starting as low as 3000 rupees which is only $40 a month. I have been to other cities in the world and found Bangkok, Beijing, relatively cheaper.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Mecheshier. I am glad that this article on the top 10 cheapest cities in the world fits in with an interest of yours!

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      mecheshier 8 years ago

      I realy liked this article... I love stats, especially best places for.....

      thanks

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on this hub of the cheapest cities in the world Jonty and also for your compliment.

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      Jonty 8 years ago

      Truly speaking .... you are awesome hubber .......

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting Sheryar and nj2k9_8. I agree that some of the cheapest cities in the world are those with slums, but many if not all of the cities mentioned here do have slums.

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      nj2k9_8 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I enjoyed this hub, but I think the title is a little deceiving. The cheapest cities in the world are most likely those filled with slums in which the residents live off pennies a day.

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      sheryar 8 years ago

      Hi Bristol,

      I have lived in Karachi all my life but now I am living in Paris and hell yes you are damn right, amongst major cities in the world it is very cheap, plus if you do end up with a good job, the wage is pretty high!

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting Emmayaf. Cairo would be such a city which was probably very close, but then there are many such cities worldwide.

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      Emmayaf 8 years ago

      I thought Cairo Egypt would be up there.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Kidgas - I am glad you enjoyed this hub on the top 10 cheapest cities in the world!

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      Kidgas 8 years ago from Indianapolis

      Wonderful list. You did a great job to compile this.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for commenting Jeff! I am sure many people will visit and explore the Philippines, especially after it was shown to be so cheap!

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      jeff 8 years ago

      go to manila! explore the places here in the philippines... ^_^

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      Dorrene R 8 years ago

      This was enjoyable! Thanks for sharing!

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Hi N0nz. I was using data provided by a team of international economists. However, it is likely that Karachi could be relatively cheap, for the reason outlined above. I am not an expert on the local property costs, but I should imagine that they are not as high throughout the entire city as for other cities. Also I should imagine other products are cheaper than cities in other countries.

      Thanks for commenting Propertyauction. The idea of the new hub does sound good, but it is seriously outside my expertise - but maybe you could create it?