Cost of Living in The Americas 2024


Cost of living The Americas
Cost of Living USA
Cost of Living San Francisco
Cost of Living Manhattan
Cost of Living San Jose

In the ever-evolving landscape of global living costs, the latest Worldwide Cost of Living survey conducted by Xpatulator in January 2024 provides a nuanced glimpse into the economic realities within The Americas. This comprehensive survey, covering 780 global locations, reveals intriguing trends and challenges, particularly in the context of the United States and locations utilizing the US Dollar.

The Americas, home to economic powerhouses like the United States, grapples with the repercussions of economic challenges in Europe and China, coupled with the specter of deglobalization. Remarkably, the USA, with its currency dominating the region, claims the top three spots in the global ranking for the most expensive places for expatriates to live. The latest survey underscores the sway of the US Dollar in global investment, as it stands approximately 12% overvalued against leading currencies.

This overvaluation translates into a significant impact on the cost of living. The 13 cost of living baskets, compared globally in US Dollars, catapult numerous US Dollar locations to the summit of the rankings, posing challenges for expatriates and locals alike.


In 2024, San Francisco retains its title as the most expensive location for expatriates in The Americas, boasting an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI) of 113, with New York serving as the benchmark at 100. Globally, San Francisco secures the fourth position, trailing only Monaco, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and preceding Zurich and Manhattan.

Housing costs, constituting approximately 30% of expatriates' overall living expenses, emerge as a pivotal factor in San Francisco's top-ranking status. The convergence of limited space and a concentration of high earners propels living costs to unprecedented heights, making San Francisco a challenging city for expatriates to navigate.

Following San Francisco in The Americas ranking, Manhattan claims the second spot with a COLI of 108, while San Jose secures the third position with a COLI of 104. These cities exemplify the broader trend of high living costs in US Dollar-dominated locations, reinforcing the survey's findings on the influence of currency valuation.

Interestingly, Panama City emerges as a notable climber in the survey, soaring 157 places to the 349th spot globally. While this might raise eyebrows, it is crucial to recognize that Panama's cost of living remains relatively lower than its regional counterparts, especially when juxtaposed against economic giants like the USA, Canada, and Western Europe.

Bogota in Colombia claims the second-highest climber position, rising 138 places to the 586th spot globally. This ascent suggests dynamic shifts in the Colombian capital, possibly driven by evolving economic conditions and local dynamics.

On the flip side, cities in Chile, Canada, and Mexico have experienced the steepest declines in the cost of living rankings for The Americas. Toronto, while still ranking 108th most expensive in the world, sees a decline, with Santiago at 586th and Tijuana at 448th. These fluctuations underline the intricate interplay of economic factors and local dynamics shaping the international cost of living at the close of 2023.

As we navigate the complexities of global living costs, the specter of deglobalization, currency fluctuations, and persistent inflation looms large on the horizon. Nations in The Americas, and indeed worldwide, face the ongoing challenge of striking a delicate balance between economic growth and the well-being of their residents as we step into the uncertainties of 2024.