India cheapest country to live in after South Africa
HOUSTON: India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries. The survey by GoBankingRates ranked nations on the bases of four key affordability metrics provided by online pricing database Numbeo. The metrics are local purchasing power index, rent index, groceries index, and consumer price index. With the second lowest rent index among the 50 cheapest countries, after neighbour Nepal, living in India can be cheaper compared to most of the countries. India also has some of the lowest prices for consumer goods and groceries, with typical monthly expenses for these priced around US S285 for a single person living in Kolkata. The Survey says that India, home to 1.25 billion residents, is the most populous among the 50 cheapest countries. Its major industries include textiles, chemicals and food processing. India also has a relatively high local purchasing power in the major cities that were surveyed.India’s local purchasing power is 20.9 percent lower, rent is 95.2 percent cheaper, groceries are 74.4 per cent cheaper, local goods and services are 74.9 per cent cheaper, the survey said. India is cheaper than its neighbouring countries like Colombia ranked at 13, Pakistan (14), Nepal (28), Bangladesh (40). The local purchasing power index measures the relative purchasing power of a typical salary in that country compared to New York City. A lower purchasing power buys fewer goods, while a higher purchasing power buys more. While the rent index compares typical rental prices in the country to New York City, the groceries index holds a similar comparison for typical grocery prices. The consumer price index compares costs of local goods and services – including restaurants, groceries, transportation and utilities – to New York City. According to the survey, even among the 50 cheapest countries, rent is at least 70 percent cheaper than in New York City, groceries are at least 40 per cent cheaper, and consumer goods and services cost less by 30 percent or more.
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