The 10 Cheapest Cities For Luxury Living Around The World

By Julia Austin Published: July 18, 2013, 11:00 am

Have you ever thought of giving up your hustle-and-bustle life in a town that you love but can’t totally afford for a place where your dollars could take you a little or a lot further? You don’t have to live in the middle of nowhere to do so. These places have a lot to offer, and it may not cost as much.



Karachi, Pakistan
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $292
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 94 cents
Situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Karachi is Pakistan’s economic hub, main port and biggest city. Karachi has been named cheapest city in the world for two consecutive years.



Managua, Nicaragua
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $800
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: $1.23
Although Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in the world, Managua is home to multinational companies like Walmart and is the financial center of the country. However, the crime rate is up there.



La Paz, Bolivia
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $650
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 68 cents
At 11,800 feet above sea level, you can get a home with a view in La Paz. The city is the center of finance, industry and commerce for the country. The government is one of the main employers of the residents.



Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $200 (outside the city center)
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 99 cents
Right in the heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is a major producer of food, beverages, tobacco, plastics and textiles.



Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $700
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 78 cents
The capital of Kyrgyzstan hosts two free economic zones and accounts for a large portion of annual foreign direct investment.



Islamabad, Pakistan
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $800
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 94 cents
Islamabad is the second least expensive city in Pakistan. The city is experiencing a rapid increase of residents and is home to the Islamabad Stock Exchange. However, the city does have security concerns.



Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $582
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: $1.09
The city that was originally intended to be a mining center is now the capital of Honduras. Although it is a rapidly growing urban area, Tegucigalpa suffers from poverty and limited financial resources.



Tunis, Tunisia
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $458
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: $1.05
Tunis is the country’s capital and largest city, home to most of Tunisia’s political and economical structures. The residents enjoy many job opportunities through various local industrial companies.



Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $500
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: 22 cents
Ashkhabad, the capital of Turkmenistan, functions mainly as the country’s government center. The city hosts a promising array of investment opportunities in oil and gas, agriculture and construction.



Nouakchott, Mauritania
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $529
One liter of unleaded 95-octane gas: $1.26
Nouakchott is one of the main import centers for the country, including wheat, cement, flour and sugar. These goods come through a Chinese-built deep-water port and local wharf. Oil was discovered near the city in recent years, attracting hoards of young workers from around the country.

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  • Brandon

    Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, not the world. I have been there several times, and I would not be afraid of any violent crime per se.

  • Iqbal

    Karachi is my home town. It is nice to see that it is number one when it comes to live cheap. I wish it become a peace full city as it was few years ago, so I can go back there to retire.

    • brianjconway

      I recently came back from there. They hate Americans.

      • Nick Thomas

        I wonder why?

        • brianjconway

          Because they are flea bitten, ignorant, dirty heathens left behind by the modern era and are kept that way by their bullshit religion which encourages them to read only one book.

        • themirror

          maybe because to them, people like you represent america?

        • brianjconway

          Guess what? We win because we don’t care what they think.

        • sas

          bullshit ?

        • surj

          Nick just see 3w’sdot thereligionofpeace dotcom ” thereligionofpeace ”’ 1 word

    • surj

      Iqbal. It would be nice if you go back and take your brother with you.

  • Andrew Woburn

    I live in Nanaimo, British Columbia. You can rent a two-bedroom apartment for $1,000 per month and petrol is about $1.40 per litre. The scenery is spectacular, you can speak English and you never have to learn the vernacular for “Don’t shoot me!”

    • Warren Reality

      Seriously dude? You can rent a two bedroom apartment for the same price here in Victoria which makes your town look like a dump.

    • iduh steve

      did you say “a two-bedroom apartment for
      $1,000 per month? that’s outrageous. its three times more costlier than what is obtainable in Abuja, the most expensive place to live in Nigeria.

      • brianjconway

        Yeah but you are talking grass shack or mud hut.

        • Thorburn

          Its people like you that make me wonder about, if we as a species have truly evolved from apes.

        • brianjconway

          GFY Half-wit. Go move in with them.

      • geofly

        Yes, but you’re not surrounded by Nigerians.

    • Gbenga

      That’s 1/3 the price I pay annually for my 2 bedroom in Lagos, Nigeria and the fuel price is 1/3 of that! cheap indeed!

  • bathroomnegro

    third world shitholes all of them

    • Kristine Walker

      …where some very poor people work for next to nothing to produce products that we can consume very cheaply here in the ‘first world.’ What a shameful attitude.

      • brianjconway

        Send em a check. Put your money where your mouth is. Typical liberal.

        • cometboy

          So it’s ‘typical liberal’ for calling someone out when they refer to another person’s country as a shithole? I guess I’m guilty then.

          BTW, given your other comments on this thread, I don’t think that its Americans in general they hate in these countries, it’s you.

        • brianjconway

          Might as well pick ujp one more fan. GFY

        • Kristine Walker

          What a frighteningly ignorant attitude.

        • brianjconway

          GFY. I win because I don’t care what you inadequate little whiners squall about.

    • Guest

      Why do you lot keep invading these 3rd World Shit-holes if you hate them so much?

      • Mary Hinge

        They’ve got oil ?

  • Retired Teacher

    How about Fresno, CA? The rent for a 1 bedroom apt is $700, and gas is 94 cents a liter ($3.76/gal.) It’s in the heart of the Great Central Valley, fruits & vegetables grow here year-round, & food is cheap- especially at the roadside stands. Summer is 103 F. and winter is 35 F. Rain is 7 inches annually, and solar power is on the rise. At least you don’t have to shovel snow!

    • boricua

      I live in Sacramento and Fresno has NOTHING there. It’s in the middle of nowhere.

      • Craig Bohmont

        I’ve been to Fresno, AND Sacramento. Both are simply survivable.

    • ionatrailer

      Yeah, but then you’re living in Fresno.

  • Paul Armstong

    need to know how much you have to pay the police and or the taliban to keep your head in pakistan

    • geofly

      your life

  • Merlin007

    That is not a picture of Islamabad

    • I’m pretty sure it’s Mussoorie, Uttararkhand India.

  • Nena

    The title of this article is misleading and makes the rest of the list void. “10 cheapest cities for “luxury” living around the world” The luxury would be getting out of those places unmolested and alive. Karachi has 600 motorcycle assassins on the street. Addis Ababa is desperately poor as with many of the other cities on the list. Not for “luxury” living.

    • Guest

      Addis Ababa is actually very nice. Not luxurious, but really nice. And if you want “luxury” go to Monaco. Addis is called “Africa’s Geneva” because of so many diplomatic missions and agencies that are in the city — mainly because of how safe it is. The weather, 25c macchiatos, and the great food, along with aforementioned low rent make Addis a great place to live! Go Addis! Oh – and Swiss Cafe is the best!

  • worldtraveler

    ROFLMAO! Nobody in their right mind would want to move to Karachi, unless they’re either a terrorist or some Islamic fundamentalist nutjob!

    • Jackie

      Ummwhy? Like i said. I LOVE KARACHI!!!!

      • Shanti

        Not for Hindus or other religious followers

  • worldtraveler

    Islamabad? LMAO! Yeah, if you’re a terrorist!

    • surj

      worldtraveler. Just see 3w’sdot faithfreedom dotorg

  • worldtraveler

    Whoever put together this list must have either drunk or “high” when they wrote this article…LOL…Either that or this is a satirical piece not meant to be taken seriously!

    • worldtraveler

      excuse me for the typo-should read “must have been either drunk or “high”

  • Anne

    I appreciate the information but I wouldn’t even want to visit these cities, let alone live there, and I like to travel.

  • disqus_1isM0p2WwL

    Crazy list to me…you can live in China cheaply if you sort a long-term visa….

    • TellinglySo100

      Problems with pollution, however. Other than that, yes you’re right.

  • peterknight

    S.E Asia is lot cheaper. In Udon Thani, Thailand average rent for a 2 bedroom house is $300-400. It is a small town with large expat population and seeing a boom.

    • Ionatrailer

      And the Thai’s are mostly Buddhist, so while you may get your stuff stolen, but they won’t cut your head off.

  • Craig Bohmont

    Cheap, maybe, but they all had issues…shall we say, that make them challenging for survival, or acceptance. Well, enough money CAN *BUY* tolerance or pseudo acceptance, but then it wouldn’t be cheap. Would it?

  • Polydeuces

    Surprised that Manila is not on this list. I heard cost of living is very low there

  • geofly

    Most of these place are miserable shitholes that nobody in their right mind would want to move to or even visit.

  • bobby62

    Well these places are cheap for a reason … No one wants to live there! Karachi? really? We wouldn’t live there if you paid us….

  • antiquestrad

    Anybody here stay in Tunis for any length of time? I passed thru it once on a tour, seemed like a nice city. I have known people who lived in some of those other places and currently they wouldn’t move there no matter how much you paid them.

  • majdq8 .

    Cheap for a good reason! Who would want to live in such a dump! The only place remotely decent is maybe Tunisia, all the other places would be crap to live in even if it was for free. Either too much crime or too much poverty, or just nothing happening there. The Far East has much better places to live in for cheap without at least the crime!

  • Guillermo Calamity

    The headline is extremely misleading; probably concocted so you’d click through and get sucked into one of their other ridiculous stories.

  • ionarailer

    Who would want to live in any of these places???

  • Jo

    I wouldn’t live in any of those places if you paid me.

    • Richie

      South Africa you can get a 4 bedroom house with double garage, swimming pool and much more for 500US a month. Fuel is +- 1.5 USD a liter, and prime beef steak about 7 USD a kilogram. Beer is 11 USD a case for top class beer

      • Mary Hinge

        Just don’t try and live in the inner cities !
        In ZA, live has very little value, especially if you are seen to have something of value.

  • ediba ngambo

    And Cape Town?