Mapping the World’s Immigration Trends with Facebook

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We have addressed how social media is effecting the relocation industry on this blog several times. Recently Facebook.com, the leading social networking site, released an interactive map of connections between people in different countries. Some of the connections are pretty interesting. In many instances the most common connections are between people who have immigrated from their previous country to a new country. In addition, as you might expect, many connections are made between countries that do a considerable amount of business together which relates to the relocation industry.

To read about and use Facebook’s World Friendship Interactive Map click here: Mapping the World’s Friendships.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Geneva, Switzerland

geneva switzerland cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Geneva, Switzerland, which is one of the largest cities in Switzerland behind Zurich and is one of Europe’s largest financial centers.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Geneva, Switzerland?

Geneva vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 31% less than Geneva, Switzerland. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 174% more in Geneva than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Geneva is 44% more than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Geneva vs. San Francisco.

Geneva vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 129% less than Geneva, Switzerland. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 232% more in Geneva than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 20% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Geneva vs. Shenzhen.

Geneva vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 57% less than Geneva, Switzerland. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 137% more in Geneva than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 5% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Geneva vs. Moscow.

Geneva vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 11% less than Geneva, Switzerland. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 258% more in Geneva than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 37% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Geneva vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshot: Miami, Florida

miami florida relocation company cost of living 300x200 Cost of Living Snapshot: Miami, FloridaCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Miami, Florida, which is known for beautiful beaches but is also known for being a gateway to Latin America.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Miami, Florida?

Miami vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 19% more than Miami, Florida. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 18% less in Miami than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Miami is 1% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Miami vs. San Francisco.

Miami vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 41% less than Miami, Florida. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 57% more in Miami than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 40% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Miami vs. Shenzhen.

Miami vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is about the same as Miami, Florida. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 26% more in Miami than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 18% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Miami vs. Moscow.

Miami vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 32% more than Miami, Florida. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 73% more in Miami than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 13% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Miami vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Beijing, China

Beijing cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Beijing, China, which is the location of the country’s capital and the location of many expats working on assignment.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Beijing, China?

Beijing vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 40% more than in Beijing, China. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 106% more in Beijing than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Beijing is 61% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Beijing vs. San Francisco.

Beijing vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 5% less than Beijing, China. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 69% more in Beijing than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 28% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Beijing vs. Shenzhen.

Beijing vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 28% more than Beijing, China. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 4% more in Beijing than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 20% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Beijing vs. Moscow.

Beijing vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 49% more than Beijing, China. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 9% more in Beijing than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 22% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Beijing vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Los Angeles, California

los-angeles_ cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Los Angeles, California, which is one of the largest cities in the United States. Los Angeles has always been a center for culture and business because of its year round climate and location which leads to a high demand for housing.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Los Angeles, California?

Los Angeles vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 9% more than in Los Angeles, California. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 10% less in Los Angeles than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Los Angeles is 8% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Los Angeles vs. San Francisco.

Los Angeles vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 60% less than Los Angeles, California. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 100% more in Los Angeles than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 38% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Los Angeles vs. Shenzhen.

Los Angeles vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 10% less than Los Angeles, California. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 37% more in Los Angeles than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 23% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Los Angeles vs. Moscow.

Los Angeles vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 23% more than Los Angeles, California. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 62% more in Los Angeles than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 3% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Los Angeles vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

rio_de_janeiro_brazil cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is one of Brazil’s largest cities and home to the 2016 summer olympic games.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

Rio vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 20% more than in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 41% more in Rio than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Rio is 5% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rio vs. San Francisco.

Rio vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 39% less than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 65% more in Rio than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 24% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rio vs. Shenzhen.

Rio vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 4% more than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 7% more in Rio than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 15% more than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rio vs. Moscow.

Rio vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 33% more than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 124% more in Rio than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 58% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rio vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Dallas, Texas

Dallas texas cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Dallas, Texas, which is one of America’s fastest growing cities. Also, Paragon has one of its offices in the Dallas metro area as well.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Dallas, Texas?

Dallas vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 28% more than in Dallas, Texas. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 21% less in Dallas than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Dallas is 32% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Dallas vs. San Francisco.

Dallas vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 25% less than Dallas, Texas. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 23% more in Dallas than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 47% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Dallas vs. Shenzhen.

Dallas vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 14% less than Dallas, Texas. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 7% more in Dallas than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 28% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Dallas vs. Moscow.

Dallas vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 39% more than Dallas, Texas. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 62% more in Dallas than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 22% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Dallas vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Vancouver, Canada

Canada-vancouver relocation company cost of livingCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Vancouver, Canada, which is one of Canada’s largest cities in western Canada.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Vancouver, Canada?

Vancouver vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is about the same in Vancouver, Canada. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 48% more in Vancouver than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Vancouver is 17% more than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Vancouver vs. San Francisco.

Vancouver vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 69% less than Vancouver, Canada. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 95% more in Vancouver than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 34% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Vancouver vs. Shenzhen.

Vancouver vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 17% less than Vancouver, Canada. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 55% more in Vancouver than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 22% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Vancouver vs. Moscow.

Vancouver vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 18% more than Vancouver, Canada. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 99% more in Vancouver than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 1% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Vancouver vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Chicago, Ilinois

Chicago cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Chicago, Illinois, which is America’s “second city” and one of the world’s leading global business centers.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Chicago, Illinois?

Chicago vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 16% more than in Chicago, Illinois. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 4% less in Chicago than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Chicago is 25% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Chicago vs. San Francisco.

Chicago vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 46% less than Chicago, Illinois. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 52% more in Chicago than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 40% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Chicago vs. Shenzhen.

Chicago vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is about the same as Chicago, Illinois. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 21% more in Chicago than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 32% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Chicago vs. Moscow.

Chicago vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 29% more than Chicago, Illinois. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 61% less in Chicago than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 22% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Chicago vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Rome, Italy

Cost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Rome, Italy, which is Italy’s largest city as well as the country’s capital.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.

What does it cost to live in Rome, Italy?

Rome vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 13% more than in Rome, Italy. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 121% more in Rome than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Rome is 14% more than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rome vs. San Francisco.

Rome vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 52% less than Rome, Italy. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 108% more in Rome than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 30% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rome vs. Shenzhen.

Rome vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 5% less than Rome, Italy. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 99% more in Rome than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 17% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rome vs. Moscow.

Rome vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 26% more than Rome, Italy. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 132% more in Rome than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 36% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Rome vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam-Netherlands cost of living relocation companyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we analyze Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which one of Europe’s most popular destinations for international assignments.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands?

Amsterdam vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is about the same in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 155% more in Amsterdam than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Amsterdam is 36% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Amsterdam vs. San Francisco.

Amsterdam vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 72% less than Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 106% more in Amsterdam than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 11% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Amsterdam vs. Shenzhen.

Amsterdam vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 18% less than Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 140% more in Amsterdam than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 8% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Amsterdam vs. Moscow.

Amsterdam vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 17% more than Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 122% more in Amsterdam than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 54% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Amsterdam vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Seattle, Washington

Seattle Washington Relocation CompanyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a continue a series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we begin with Seattle, Washington, which beautiful location of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Seattle is known for having a lot of large corporations who do business in the area which leads to a high demand for desirable housing.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Seattle, Washington?

Seattle vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 14% more than Seattle, Washington. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 15% less in Seattle than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Seattle is 10% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Seattle vs. San Francisco.

Seattle vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 50% less than Seattle, Washington. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 63% more in Seattle than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 39% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Seattle vs. Shenzhen.

Seattle vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is about the same as Seattle, Washington. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 26% more in Seattle than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 21% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Seattle vs. Moscow.

Seattle vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 27% more than Seattle, Washington. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 61% more in Seattle than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 29% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Seattle vs. Hong Kong.

Cost of Living Snapshots: Paris, France

Paris France Relocation CompanyCost of living differences are a major issue when considering an international assignment. For an employee to have an equal standard of living in their new location companies will often provide additional compensation based on a formula of the differences in cost between the old and the new location called a “Cost-of-Living Differential”. Today to get a sense of the differences in cost between locations we are going to start a new series of posts called “Cost of Living Snapshots” to compare the cost of living in different locations around the world at a glance.

With today’s comparison we begin with Paris, France, which has one of the highest costs of living in the world. Paris is a romantic destination that is also a popular hub for business, tourism and art. This all contributes to a high demand for space.

To gather the cost of living data we use, Expatistan.com. Expatistan.com is something we’ve written about in the past. It is a free web-based collaborative tool that lets users enter local prices to compare with other locations around the world.


What does it cost to live in Paris, France?

Paris vs. San Francisco: The overall cost of living in San Francisco, California is 8% less than Paris, France. The cost of a pair of 501 Levi’s is 134% more in Paris than in San Francisco, while cold medicine in Paris is 22% less than what it costs in San Francisco. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Paris vs. San Francisco.

Paris vs. Shenzhen: The overall cost of living in Shenzhen, China is 88% less than Paris, France. The cost of a 900 sq. ft. furnished apartment costs 195% more in Paris than in Shenzhen, while a Volkswagen Golf is 47% less than what it costs in Shenzhen. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Paris vs. Shenzhen.

Paris vs. Moscow: The overall cost of living in Moscow, Russia is 30% less than Paris, France. The cost of the daily menu in the downtown business district is 95% more in Paris than in Moscow, while a 40″ flat screen TV is 14% less than what it costs in Moscow. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Paris vs. Moscow.

Paris vs. Hong Kong: The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 9% more than Paris, France. The cost of a combo meal at a fast food restaurant is 132% more in Paris than in Hong Kong, while a liter of milk costs 49% less than what it costs in Hong Kong. Check out the full costs comparison breakdown between Paris vs. Hong Kong.

75% of Corporations expect Global Mobility to become more important over next 3-5 years

World_FlightLines Global MobilityFinancial Times is reporting that 75% of corporations are expecting Global Mobility to be more important over the next 3 to 5 years. However, 40% of corporations believe that their Global Mobility functions are ill prepared for this influx of employees going on international assignment saying that the programs need to be radically changed to meet this demand. While the relocation industry has been steadily establishing itself within the HR departments of many global companies over the last 30 years it seems that there are areas that still need growth as part of a number of corporations continue to develop their presence in emerging markets. In addition the article references that Global Mobility departments are structured in a way that is often reactionary.

Perhaps the recent movement of Global Mobility integrating into an overall corporate Talent Management strategy will offer opportunities to be less reactive and more proactive. Here are some ways that Global Mobility can be more proactive:

1. Better integration of technologies – Talent Management, HRIS and third-party relocation information systems need to speak to each other so that Global Mobility can optimize the talent already within an organization. This might offer opportunities to proactively recommend candidates to go on assignment within an organization.

2. Pre-Decision Consulting/Relocation Cost Estimates – Having a robust Pre-Decision program as part of a relocation program helps sort out who is the best candidate for an international assignment based on a number of factors including cost. In addition, using this process before a candidate is chosen significantly lowers the amount of failed assignments which end earlier than expected which raises the return-on-investment.

3. Logical/Flexible Program Design – For Global Mobility programs to be less reactionary they need to build relocation programs that fit the needs of the global organization as a whole but also be built to address the very specific needs of each family that is going on assignment. One-size-fits-all relocation programs are no longer the norm, and can’t adapt quickly enough for changing dynamics on the ground. In addition, needs assessments within the general guidelines of a relocation program can help contain cost and provide a greater level of satisfaction for employees relocating.


What are some other things Global Mobility departments can do to be more proactive (rather than reactive) in the coming years? Let us know on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter!

Expatistan: Collaborative Cost-of-Living Tool

expatisan relocationAt Paragon Relocation we are always on the lookout for exciting new web-based tools to help make relocation easier on our customer’s families. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Expatistan.com. Expatistan is a collaborative tool which lets users compare the costs of goods and services between two cities. The basic premise behind the site is that Cost-of-Living data can be compared between two cities from around the world based on data that they have received from published reports on Cost-of-Living in various regions and based on actual prices of goods and services entered manually by local users. Then Expatistan combines this data together to give an average price for those goods and services in each location. The more often data is inputed the smarter and more accurate the data becomes. This is a neat concept that could really help relocating families get a sense of how far their money will go in their new location. We encourage you to check it out and input data from your location to make it even more accurate.

Compare the Cost-of-Living around the World

What are America’s Fastest Growing Cities

Dallas RelocationAmerican’s are relocating to cities where there are better job opportunities and or lower taxes. In the past we’ve posted on the Happiest Places to Relocate to in the United States (and in the world). Now we’re posting on the fastest growing cities according to Forbes.com‘s methodology which combines population grow with economic growth to determine the fastest growing cities. Some you might expect to be growing at a faster rate because of lower taxes and a better business environment however, there are also some cities that are growing in spite of their higher taxes due to being popular locations to live.


What are the fastest growing cities in the US?

Here are the top ten fastest growing cities in the United States:

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. San Jose, CA
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Raleigh, NC
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. San Antonio, TX
  10. Atlanta, GA

View slideshow with data on each city.


Why are some cities growing faster than others?

Forbes writes “Seven of the top 10 cities are in the South, supporting the idea that low taxes and inexpensive real estate are still drawing jobs and economic activity from other parts of the country.” In addition, 4 of the top 10 cities are in Texas which has no income tax and much lower property values than other states which makes it a popular landing spot for corporations. Also, corporations like that fact that Texas is centrally located in the United States and international airports in Houston and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area offer easy access to new markets in Latin America as well.