Cost of Living in Karachi ranked #132

Economist - Mar 12th 2009

Economist - Mar 12th 2009

The Economist in its latest issue published a report measuring the cost of living across various cities of the world, Karachi ranks 132 on its list. There are some list / rankings that you wish your city to be graded at a higher level but this is one list that I’d not mind being near the bottom.

Sharp exchange-rate movements since the autumn have affected the relative cost of living in the world’s main cities. The strengthening dollar has pushed American cities up in the rankings compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist. Chicago now shares the ranking as the world’s 23rd most expensive city, up from 39th place in September 2008. Meanwhile, the plunging pound means that, for the first time since 2002, London is cheaper than New York. Asia is home both to the cheapest city in the survey, Karachi, as well as the priciest, Tokyo, which has grabbed the top spot from Oslo on the back of a stronger yen. Living in Tokyo is 52% more expensive than living in New York.

Happy to be a Karachitte ;)

16 Comments so far

  1. sdjb on March 18th, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    Yes, this is something surely to be proud and grateful of. The humble Karachi can accommodate everyone! It’s not the "mini-Pakistan" for nothing!

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  3. fasee on March 18th, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

    I belive raheem yar khan is much cheaper than karachi….why it was not ranked

  4. بستنی (wasiq) on March 18th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    @fasee sab….because Nadia don’t get out of the house these day…student biryani sey khana ata hai…aur laptop pey research kar kay…

  5. odin on March 19th, 2009 @ 2:07 am

    Karachi is anyway a shitty place to live in. It’s congested, filthy, extremely hot in summer and its people are mostly uneducated, bad-mouthed and ill-mannered – but life in some posh localities is ok. Islamabad is the only Pakistani city where I can imagine to live, or Abbottabad or Murree :-). Building my own house in Abbottabad or Murree has been my dream lets see if it ever comes true.

  6. firstofficer on March 19th, 2009 @ 7:54 am

    Good yar … Hum tu sastay may choout gahay ;)


    May be i will choose moving to a better locality but i will never leave karachi… It’s like only place in pakistan for me . And forget talking about people i have been to most of the cities in pakistan " Kaha bhi kohee bhi dood ka dhula nahi hota " So jasa dasee wasa baase

  7. fasee on March 19th, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    @ Odin,

    sir muree choriyee aisa kertay hain swiszerland try kiya gai.

    hamray ustaad keh gai chorni hu ya khuwab dkehna hu tu woh tu unchaa dekho.

    bcoz on practicle ground..meray naam pe tu layari me ik kamray ka flat tak nai hai

  8. khaled90 on March 19th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    People don’t like karachi should leave my city and don’t try to interfere in city affairs

    Thank You.

  9. fasee on March 19th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

    @ khalid.

    cant agree with you more on that one.

    as i also belive…either do somethign about it or shutup…salay objection nikalnay hun tu apni shalwar sambhaltay saray bahar a jatay hain…….aur agar kaam kerna paray tu sab ko bathroom yaad ajata hai.

    recent example…all around me i hear bout the tax imposed by govt.

    and i say..jub mufat ka GST pay kertay hu….income tax bhartay hu jis pe tum ko "dumr’ri" bi wapis nai militi us per kisi ko koi problem nai.

    salay jahan koi dhang ka kaam hu raha hoo wahan sab ke peet me dard hu jati hai.

    pls excuse my i use such language only when i am angry ( or breathing )

  10. kabirdas on March 19th, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

    KD law says: Value of life is directly proportional to cost of living.

    So KD would rather live in a place where cost of living is high and life not so cheap.

  11. kabirdas on March 19th, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

    @ fasee
    " i use such language only when i am angry "

    Fair enough but don’t forget to do the ‘kulli’ afterwards when you have calmed down.

  12. kabirdas on March 19th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

    @ khaled90 on March 19th

    " People don’t like karachi should leave my city"

    Sir, if you don’t mind may I read ‘my city’ as ‘this city’ ??

  13. kabirdas on March 19th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    @ odin on March 19th

    Sir, pardon KD for saying so but the places you have mentioned where you would like to live are not cities. They are towns and villages. Karachi is a city and a cosmoplitan city on top of that. And thats what a city is going to be like whereever you go.
    If you prefer to live in a town or village instead of a city it is fair enough and nobody should mind that.

  14. fasee on March 20th, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    @ KD on 19.

    correction sir….i sadi i use this language only when i am angry ( or when i am breathing )

    kulli fasee does, only when using mouthwash….and while aiming at wash basin…( abhi itni civilisation baki hai apnay main ) …

  15. MB (kar_munib) on March 20th, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    Do these take into account the currency rates when converting economic figures as well as uncountable issues like security etc.??

  16. ramzzi on March 21st, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

    Is it me or anyone else also noticed there are ppl fuming with hatred when ever there is something positive about khi is published on this suggestion for them is loud and clear "GET A LIFE GUYS!!"

    Karachi Zindabad!
    Pakistan Paindabad!


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