Last year, Nairobi was ranked number 97. The latest ranking have seen Kenya’s capital city listed as the 15th most expensive in Africa, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey by consultancy firm Mercer and which was conducted in March.
The survey ranks cities based on an international basket of goods and services, including rental accommodation costs, taking into account exchange rates.
Governments and major companies use data from such studies to set compensation of their employees transferred abroad.
“New York City is used as the base city for all comparisons and currency movements are measured against the US dollar,” Mercer said of its rankings.
The survey examines over 400 cities throughout the world. This year’s ranking includes 209 cities in five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.