The world’s most expensive cities to live in have been revealed in a major survey of almost 300 population hubs.
The destinations are named in the 14th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2018.
It analysed 293 metropolitan housing markets in nine countries — Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, and the US — in the third quarter of 2017.
Using the “median multiple” approach, which involves taking an area’s median house price and dividing it by — the median household income. So if the average income was $50,000 and the average house cost $250,000, the median multiple would be 5.
The method found 26 “severely unaffordable” locations, with the worst offenders in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and China.
The survey also looked at all cities, non-major markets included — which is the data we’ve compiled below.
Scroll down to see the 10 most expensive cities to live in around the world in 2018.
10. Tauranga, Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
New Zealand’s housing is severely unaffordable with an overall median multiple of 5.8, and in Tauranga the average home costs 8.9 times the average income.
=9. Salinas, Monterey, California, USA
Located in the county of Monterey, Salinas — a city with a population of less than 150,000 — has a median multiple of 9.1.
=9. San Francisco, California, USA
Tied with Salinas is hilly, much more populous San Francisco, also with a median multiple of 9.1.
8. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
The beachy Hawaiian capital, which sits on the south coast of the island of Oahu, has an unaffordable median multiple of 9.2.
=7. Los Angeles, California, USA
LA is the second least affordable city in the US, with a median multiple of 9.4.
=7. Santa Barbara, California, USA
The fourth — but not the last — Californian city to reach the top 10, Santa Barbara has a median multiple of 9.4.
6. Melbourne, Australia
With a median multiple of 9.9, Melbourne has deteriorated from 6.3 in 2001, and under 3.0 in the early 1980s. Since 2001, median house prices have increased the equivalent of more than three years in pre-tax median household income.
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5. San Jose, California, USA
The least affordable housing market in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose has a median multiple of 10.3.
4. Santa Cruz, California, USA
Also located in the Bay Area, Santa Cruz is the least affordable market in the US with a median multiple of 10.4.
3. Vancouver, Canada
The least affordable market in Canada with a median multiple of 12.6, Vancouver has experienced the greatest housing affordability deterioration among major markets in the survey, rising by more than 2.35 times from 5.3 in 2004.
2. Sydney, Australia
The country’s least affordable market, Sydney has a median multiple of 12.9, a rapid deterioration considering the rate was 6.3 in 2001. The UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index rates Sydney as having the world’s fourth worst housing bubble risk (tied with Vancouver).
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1. Hong Kong, China
The least affordable housing for the eighth straight year with a median multiple of 19.4 — the highest ever reported in the survey, up from 18.1 last year.
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