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    Sydney and Melbourne are near the top of the most expensive cities to live in list

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    The world’s five most expensive cities for 2013 per the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Country City WCOL index (New York=100) Rank
    Japan Tokyo 152 1
    Japan Osaka 146 2
    Australia Sydney 137 3
    Norway Oslo 136 4
    Australia Melbourne 136 4


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    Melbourne being in the top 5 doesn't surprise me, this year has felt expensive to live in..

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    That's all great, but it is not an affordability index. That is, it is not adjusted for the incomes of the residents of the cities listed. Rather, this index is sometimes used by firms with o/s employees to work out what sort of a wage supplement their employees need. Certainly relevant to tourists as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    The world’s five most expensive cities for 2013 per the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Country City WCOL index (New York=100) Rank
    Japan Tokyo 152 1
    Japan Osaka 146 2
    Australia Sydney 137 3
    Norway Oslo 136 4
    Australia Melbourne 136 4


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    Tell us something we were unaware of Java, this is the reason so many Aussie's shop offshore via the internet.

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    Melbourne in the top 5 is no surprise, the only surprise being that it's not in the top 2...

    most liveable city my butt as well, I wouldn't call it 'liveable' when everything is so expensive... can't afford to 'live' only to 'exist'...

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    Ah, good people, quality living comes at a price

    But Phrostyboi, why the whinge? Where would you like to live and what do you find expensive here that eats into your wallet?

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    Melbourne expensive?? Try living in regional Australia where everything is not only more expensive, but, choice is limited.
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    Do you still have 'Abracadabra' in Bangalow? You know 'Biggest Bunch o' baskets under the sun'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangalowBarista View Post
    Try living in regional Australia where everything is not only more expensive, but, choice is limited.
    And the quality of life is superior in almost every way.

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    Sydney and Melbourne are near the top of the most expensive cities to live in list

    Speaking as someone who came to live here about 8 years ago, there's nowhere else in the world that compares. Yes it's friggin expensive here, but you can choose to live an expensive lifestyle or not.

    Nowhere is perfect, but Australia is closer to perfect than anywhere else I've been. (And Melbourne especially!)

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    I got here about 8 years ago too. My wife lives in Australia so it's worth the money to stay here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Do you still have 'Abracadabra' in Bangalow? You know 'Biggest Bunch o' baskets under the sun'?
    Sure do, never been in though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    And the quality of life is superior in almost every way.
    Agreed Yelta. Love the slower pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangalowBarista View Post
    Sure do, never been in though.
    Me neither, but they had this really daggy TV add many years ago......the song still haunts me (I grew up on the North Coast).

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    wouldn't call what I have to say a 'whinge', more like being realistic with how expensive melbourne is to live in (or any capitol city for that matter)

    rent is higher, rego is higher, insurance is higher, entertainment costs more pretty much everything costs more

    in the few occasions i've been out to the country areas everything is generally cheaper than in the city

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    Sorry mate. Rent is higher? Rent is determined, generally by supply and demand. I live near Byron Bay, try finding cheap rent here. Rego is higher? Nope. In NSW we have to get a safety certificate every year for a car that is more than a couple of years old. $50 just for the inspection and that's if nothing is found to be in need of repair. Insurance is higher? That depends on what you are insuring. Entertainment costs more? So if you go out in Melbourne and have a few drinks you can maybe get the train home, if before last train. There is very limited public transport options in the country so expensive cab rides it is. I always found that when I lived in Melbourne there were so many more things at your doorstep, so you take advantage of them ie you spend more money. I don't think its cheaper in the country, people just learn to live cheaper through necessity.

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    If you really live "in the country", there are no taxis.

    Interested in where perth made the list. Last I heard it was on par with London, just short of Oslo. Surprises me tjat it wouldnt be worse than melbourne and sydney, given income isnt considered. Food and beer are definitely more expensive here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    If you really live "in the country", there are no taxis.
    Or trains, or buses or even planes (as in RPT) We rely on what we have out here in the outback.




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