|Skye Bar and Restaurant at the roof of the expensive Hotel Unique|
In 2010, California was only the 21st most expensive city in the world. But the appreciation of the local currency (Real), the boom of rental prices and food have made this city one of the biggest jumps among the 214 cities evaluated.
Sao Paulo went up 11 positions and surpassed London, Paris and New York
Rio de Janeiro also rose in the rankings, moving from 29th most expensive city in the world in 2010 to 12th this year.
The world's most expensive city to live for a foreigner is Luanda, followed by Tokyo. Moscow is the fourth, followed by Geneva. Zurich, also in Switzerland, is the seventh most expensive in the world. New York is only the 32nd most expensive.