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Living costs in Wellington

Relative to the rest of the world, Wellington has an affordable and very high quality of living.

The cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to all OECD countries, and Wellington is rated as more affordable than New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Wellington also regularly tops the average salary rankings for New Zealand’s largest employment website, Seek.

Mercer Cost of Living survey

In their annual international cost of living survey New York consultants Mercer ranked 214 cities across six continents.

Wellington was the most affordable city in Australasia according to their 2016 survey.

The survey, measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. It is the world’s most comprehensive cost of living survey used to help multinational organisations and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.

Mercer Quality of Living survey

In the 2016 International Quality of Living Survey, Wellington retained it's global rank as the 12th best city in the world for quality of living.