World’s Most Expensive Cities to Live: Top 10

Tokyo

Courtesy Forbes.com

Chicago Post-Tribune published this deansguide article 7-11-09

Forbes.com is the master of lists and Top 10 offerings. One of the most compelling is their Top 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live. The following is the list and each city’s 2008 ranking. Notes of interest shows Japan dominating the Top 10 list with #1 and #2, New York City vaulted from #22 to #8, and Copenhagen, Denmark is in the Top 10- remains a mystery.

World’s Most Expensive Cities to Live

1. Tokyo, Japan: 2008 ranking #2, Cost of Living index 2008: 127; Cost of Living index 2009: 147

2. Osaka, Japan: 2008 ranking #11. COL index 2008 110; COL index 2009 119.2

3. Moscow, Russia: 2008 ranking #1, COL index 2008 142.4; COL index 2009 115.4

4. Geneva, Switzerland: 2008 ranking #8, COL index 2008 115.8; COL index 2009 109.2

5. Hong Kong: 2008 ranking #6, COL index 2008 117.6; COL index 2009 108.7

6. Zurich, Switzerland: 2008 ranking #9, COL index 2008 112.7; COL index 2009 105.2

7. Copenhagen, Denmark: 2008 ranking #7, COL index 2008 117.2; COL index 2009 105.0

8. New York City: 2008 ranking #22, COL index 2008 100.0; COL index 2009 100.0

9. Beijing, China: 2008 ranking #20, COL index 2008 101.9, COL index 2009 99.6

10. Singapore: 2008 ranking #13, COL index 2008 101.9; COL index 2009 98.0

Newsflash: Monster 7.8 Earthquake Kills 9,000–Many More Feared Dead In China

Reuters.com published this deansguide article May 12, 2008

A monster 7.8 earthquake rocked central China killing an estimated 9,000 people, leaving 900 students trapped inside a school, and wreaking havoc. The quake centered in the hilly Sichuan region of China, was felt as far away as Thailand . In Beijing, according to Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen, “80 percent of the buildings had collapsed in Sichuan province‘s Beichuan county after the quake.”

In addition, reports from state media out of China, report that a chemical plant in Shifang city had “cratered, burying hundreds of people and spilling more than 80 tons of toxic liquid ammonia from the site.”

Further reports are forth coming with the news a grim reminder of the realities faced in earthquake countries every day.