According to the latest Worldwide Cost of Living Survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver is the most expensive city to inhabit in North America ahead of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I wasn’t surprised to see Vancouver on this list, but didn’t expect it to come up ahead of these major U.S. cities.
According to the survey, there are 20 cities worldwide that are more expensive to live in than Vancouver. I thought it would be interesting to know what a million dollars would buy you in the top five most expensive cities…as we know in YVR it gets us a crack shack on a tiny pile of dirt.
5. Melbourne, Australia
Just over a million dollars will get you this charming half-duplex in sunny Melbourne:
4. Oslo, Norway
In Oslo, Norway, you won’t get a house for a million dollars. You can, however purchase a modern 1000 square foot apartment on the outskirts of the city:
3. Sydney, Australia
In Sydney, a million dollars can get you a small condo in the city or a three bedroom townhouse like this one in popular (and noisy) Kings Cross:
2. Osaka, Japan
Not feeling too bad about the crack shacks here after seeing what a million dollars will buy you in Osaka…one of these apartments (looks more like a storage locker!):
1. Tokyo, Japan
In Tokyo, the best you can do for a million dollars is a three bedroom apartment like this one:
Suddenly, our Vancouver crack shacks aren’t looking so bad…guess it could be worse!