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Compare cost of living between midsize town in US and Singapore

Post by starrylove » Tue, 17 Jun 2008 1:05 am

I was browsing this blog and it talked about the cost of living in Singapore in 2007 and 2008: http://spadhye.blogspot.com/search/labe ... 0singapore

However, I was curious if anyone did a comparison between a midsize town in the US and Singapore? Maybe someone with experience can chime in here. I know it varies among different people, but hopefully I can get an average for someone that loves to stay at home.

Thanks in advance!

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Post by road.not.taken » Tue, 17 Jun 2008 5:45 pm

These are just my experiences, you can take it with a grain of salt :wink: Others may chime in:


Your car and the petrol to fill it will be much higher in Singapore. Also the cost to park it around town, some days I go through another S$20. for parking and ERP charges.

The price for comparable housing will be much higher. If you wanted to rent a 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath house in Singapore -- it would cost USD $20K/month, however a tidy little condo could be found for $3K- $6K, fairly close to town with amenities.

Any imported food is much higher in cost than in the US. Even for an item imported to the US from Australia vs. the same item imported to Singapore. Think double.

Liquor and tobacco prices are double, or more.

Books and magazines are 25 - 50% higher (so there are lots of good used books stores around).

If you have kids: International School and their private bus contractors will seriously dent your savings compared to free public US schools.

Depending on your size and taste, clothes and shoes are much more expensive in Singapore. If you want a Polo shirt you have to go to the mall and pay full retail (plus about an additional 20% mark up) at Ralph Lauren, there are no 'outlets' really. If you want a lovely cheongsam made, well -- that will be cheaper. Nine West shoes are at least double.

Live concerts are at least double. When the Poilce came to Singapore a few months ago, the retail for the best tickets (not the scalped price) was around USD$400.

Things that are cheaper in Singapore:

Public transportation

'Local' food, really more like 'regional' food -- Singapore fast food, sold at hawker stands provides a complete meal for under USD $5.

Healthcare (for pets too).

Cinema tickets

Anything that utilizes manual labour (domestic help, gardeners, tailors, plumbers, electricians, etc...)

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Post by starrylove » Wed, 18 Jun 2008 12:12 am

Thank you for your input.

Since public transportation in Singapore is good, we can probably do without a car. I would also be happy with a 4 room HDB flat. Our (future) kids will go to public school in Singapore (I do not mind at all). I have been shopping online a lot and noticed that after shipping, prices are comparable to clothing in Singapore.

So based on what you mentioned, it looks like we are good to go on living in Singapore! :)

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