MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report ranks the city of lakes at the top of a list once again — although this one may not inspire much pride.

The Economist released the results of its Worldwide Cost of Living Survey last week, and Minneapolis ranked 26th worldwide and third among the North American cities surveyed. Only New York and Los Angeles beat Minneapolis, with notoriously expensive cities like San Francisco, Washington, Chicago and Seattle just below.

The survey is compiled using the prices of 160 products and services in each city, including, “food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs.”

This is the first year a U.S. city hasn’t appeared in the top 10, with New York and Los Angeles ranked at 13th and 14th, respectively. The Economist cites a weakening dollar as the chief cause for the American cities’ fall.

Comments (3)
  1. I’m sorry, but this seems fairly unlikely.


    I can’t imagine that Minneapolis would be higher than San Fransisco, especially when housing is taken into account.

  2. I think it could be possible, especially with the data they are using. I am from San Jose, and rents in the twin cities are getting closer to what they are in the bay area. House prices here are lower than California as well. But several other things are similar in cost or higher here than in the bay area. Gas is a bit cheaper here, but mass transit is a little higher here in the cities, but only during peak hours and express fares. Heating and cooling bills should be much higher here as well

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