World’s Most Expensive Cities (21-30)

21. Los Angeles (United States)

The US’ second largest city Los Angeles is also popularly known as the City of Angels. It used to be part of Mexico, before it was then purchased in an agreement after a war between Mexico and America ended. The city is famous for its diverse range of activities including culture, film-making, media, education, entrepreneurship and international relation.

The house of Hollywood’s economy is also driven by technology and top jobs can be found in many different fields such as petroleum, telecommunication, finance, law, medicine, logistic and transportation. A host of multi-million corporations also have their headquarters in the Los Angeles city.

22. Madrid (Spain)

MadridSpain’s capital Madrid is the third largest city in the Europe after London and Berlin. It plays an important role as a center of administration, residence, political, cultural and industrial activities. The city, which has a combined outlook of modern and traditional architecture, is a headquarter for a number of the world’s largest corporations.

Madrid is also a host to one of the world’s most successful football clubs, Real Madrid FC. Among of the world famous football players who played for the team are Raul Gonzalez, Robinho, David Beckham, Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Van Nistelrooy, Fernando Hierro and Alfredo Di Stefano. The team has won the league for a record 31 times.

23. Rome (Italy)

RomeRome, Italy’s largest city, is the capital of Italy, as well as the mostly populated city in the country with close to 3 million residents. Rome, in its prime era, was known as one of the most feared conquering empires. Under the Roman empire, the army was almost undefeated in every single war. It spread its wing and ruled most of Europe and the Mediterranean world.

During the World War I, Italy became the Germany’s ally where Rome became the center of Benito Mussolini’s ruling. It escaped major bombings and was eventually liberated after Mussolini’s execution. The city started to grow rapidly soon after the end of the war.

24. Toronto (Canada)

TorontoToronto, Canada’s largest city, is populated by some 2.5 million citizens. It is one of the country’s most important cities due to its role as an economic drivers and centers. It is also a place where major industries like telecommunication, finance, aerospace, logistics, transportation, media, art, publishing, publication and sports are booming.

Some of the positive characteristics of Toronto is its low crime rate, friendly citizens, clean environment and city, and high standard of living. This is despite the fact that the town being one of the cities in the world with the most diversified background. The city has a high percentage of non-native residents.

25. Montreal (Canada)

MontrealAs one of the five biggest French-speaking cities in the world, it comes as a little surprise to learn that French is the official language of Montreal. The city was ruled under the French colonial authority for more than a decade before it was handed to the British. During the stock market crash in the 20s and the great depression, Montreal became one of the cities which was hit the most.

The town also holds reputation as a clean and very much livable city, and was induced in the World’s Cleanest Cities list by Forbes in 2007. The city also become an attraction due to the presence of strong art community, and the booming of technology, including wireless internet application and the aerospace industry.

26. Barcelona (Spain)

BarcelonaBarcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a rough population of about 1.6 million and today plays an important role as a center of heritage, historical and cultural events, apart from being an attractive tourist destination. While the establishment of the city is still subject to debates and speculation, it is often being related to the mythical discovery by Hercules.

Barcelona is another Spanish city synonym with football and the passion for the sport. World’s best footballers and legends have come and play for the world famous FC Barcelona club including Johann Cruyff, Maradona, Gary Lineker, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Javier Saviola, Deco, Riquelme and Thierry Henry, amongst others.

27. Nicosia (Cyprus)

Nicosia, CyprusIn case you never heard of Nicosia, it is the capital city of Republic of Cyprus, and if you’re wondering where the country is, it is located somewhere around the Mediterranean neighborhood of Turkey, Egypt and Greece. Cyprus was formerly occupied by the British before achieving its independence in 1960, and later absorbed into the Commonwealth federation.

The city has been in existence since the 10,000 BC and progressively grew through staggered set ups of settlements. Prior to being captured by the British, the country itself has been ruled by few empires including the Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman Republic. The country and city remains as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

28. Lyon (France)

Lyon, FranceApart from the capital Paris, Lyon is also another world center for fashion, as well as an industrial center for pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology fields. It is populated by close to 2 million people, made up mostly by mid-level working class citizens, business owners and entrepreneurs. Lyon is also known as ‘the city of silk’ due to the mushrooming of the silk industry.

The city, which was founded by a Roman colony, is the third largest city in France, after Paris and Marseille. It took center stage during the French revolution, which saw a series of public massacres involving a few thousand people. It was also a key stronghold for the German during the World War II (WWII).

29. Istanbul (Turkey)

IstanbulIstanbul was known by different names in the past including Byzantium and Constantinople before it stays as the Istanbul we know today. The Turkey’s financial and cultural center is the most populous city in Europe, and rich with its history and heritage. It was also occupied and ruled by different rulers such as the Roman Empire, Latin and the Ottoman Caliph.

The diversified background of the rulers makes Istanbul such a unique city with limitless number of architectural buildings, cultures and ethnics to be witnessed. Some of the most prominent monuments were built by Constantinople during the Roman Empire ruling such as the Column of Constantine, the Valens Aqueduct and the Hippodrome.

30. Berlin (German)

BerlinBerlin, the capital of German is the country’s largest city by size, and is one of the most populated town in the whole of Europe. The name Berlin itself can’t run far away from the many stories during the World War II (WWII), where the city was split into two, and separated by the infamous Berlin wall. The wall was brought down in 1989, which began a new era for their countrymen, and became a catalyst for the German reunification.

The Berlin city is a well know center for a wide range of activities including cultural, political, economic, media and scientific events. The city’s economy is propelled by a number of industries including vehicle manufacturing, health care, biomedical, opto-electronic, traffic engineering and biotechnology.