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Latin America & Caribbean: cities with the highest cost of living index 2021

Most expensive cities to live in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021

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Release date

September 2021


Central and South America

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As of mid-year

Supplementary notes

* The source uses New York City as the base for the calculation, which ranks first as the most expensive city with a 100 cost of living index. The difference between New York City's score and each listed city's indicates the difference in percentage between grocery prices of both cities. For example, the cost of living in San José de Puerto Rico according to this ranking is 27.82 percent lower than the cost of living in New York City.
The source defines the cost of living index as "a relative indicator of consumer goods prices, including groceries, restaurants, transportation, and utilities. The cost of living index doesn't include accommodation expenses such as rent or mortgage."
Further information about the index methodology can be found here.
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