27 cities around the world where expats are happy, rents are affordable, and jobs are plentiful

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Madrid, Spain Flickr/ajgelado Madrid, Spain took the third spot on the list of best cities for expats.

  • InterNations recently released its 2017 list of best cities for living and working abroad.
  • City rankings are based on survey responses from n early 8,000 people in 40 countries.
  • For each city, we also compiled cost of living estimates from Numbeo's database .

If you're thinking about living abroad, the best people to ask for tips might be the people who have already done it: expats.

Expatriate network and global guide InterNations put together a list of the best international cities for living and working abroad, according to expats they surveyed.

To compile the data, InterNations surveyed 7,985 expats living across 40 countries. At least 45 respondents were required for a city to be included in the list. City rankings were determined based on the quality and cost of urban living, quality of work life and finances, and ease of settling into the city.

Below, the overall best cities for expats in 2017. We also noted how much basic necessities (and beer) would cost there, based on figures from Numbeo . All amounts are in US dollars and are current as of November 2017.

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1. Manama, Bahrain

1. Manama, Bahrain

Cost of living compared to New York City: 42.11% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $940.43 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $84.00

Commuter pass: $39.74

Cappuccino: $4.59

Domestic beer: $9.27

2. Prague, Czech Republic

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Cost of living compared to New York City: 49.46% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $703.08 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $184.45

Commuter pass: $25.09

Cappuccino: $2.12

Domestic beer: $1.60

3. Madrid, Spain

3. Madrid, Spain

Cost of living compared to New York City: 35.22%

Monthly:

Rent: $919.92 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $138.04

Commuter pass: $63.65

Cappuccino: $1.97

Domestic beer: $3.26

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cost of living compared to New York City: 55.58% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $540.08 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $52.45

Commuter pass: $29.85

Cappuccino: $2.53

Domestic beer: $3.58

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost of living compared to New York City: 16.12% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,646.41 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $179.19

Commuter pass: $104.92

Cappuccino: $3.18

Domestic beer: $5.25

6. Barcelona, Spain

6. Barcelona, Spain

Cost of living compared to New York City: 33.96%

Monthly:

Rent: $990.58 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $153.77

Commuter pass: $58.35

Cappuccino: $2.01

Domestic beer: $3.27

7. Johannesburg, South Africa

7. Johannesburg, South Africa

Cost of living compared to New York City: 56.80% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $636.70 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $83.45

Commuter pass: $30.25

Cappuccino: $2.18

Domestic beer: $2.01

8. Bangkok, Thailand

8. Bangkok, Thailand

Cost of living compared to New York City: 45.73% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $636.70 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $83.45

Commuter pass: $30.25

Cappuccino: $2.18

Domestic beer: $2.01

9. Basel, Switzerland

9. Basel, Switzerland

Cost of living compared to New York City: 29.89% higher

Monthly:

Rent: $1351.15 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $208.64

Commuter pass: $80.30

Cappuccino: $5.29

Domestic beer: $8.03

10. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

10. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Cost of living compared to New York City: 21.19%

Monthly:

Rent: $1059.52 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $242.30

Commuter pass: $101.23

Cappuccino: $3.28

Domestic beer: $4.67

11. Mexico City, Mexico

11. Mexico City, Mexico

Cost of living compared to New York City: 62.83%

Monthly:

Rent: $482.29 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $39.07

Commuter pass: $15.70

Cappuccino: $2.02

Domestic beer: $1.57

12. Muscat, Oman

12. Muscat, Oman

Cost of living compared to New York City: 48.52% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $755.79 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $59.87

Commuter pass: $25.97

Cappuccino: $4.39

Domestic beer: $7.79

13. Budapest, Hungary

13. Budapest, Hungary

Cost of living compared to New York City: 52.20% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $499.23 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $180.43

Commuter pass: $35.56

Cappuccino: $1.51

Domestic beer: $1.68

14. Auckland, New Zealand

14. Auckland, New Zealand

Cost of living compared to New York City: 17.04% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1208.88 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $131.34

Commuter pass: $138.01

Cappuccino: $3.11

Domestic beer: $6.04

15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

15. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Cost of living compared to New York City: 34.50% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1816.94 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $103.92

Commuter pass: $21.78

Cappuccino: $4.90

Domestic beer: $9.53

16. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

16. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Cost of living compared to New York City: 8.76% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1610.99 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $268.13

Commuter pass: $46.67

Cappuccino: $3.71

Domestic beer: $5.83

17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cost of living compared to New York City: 27.96% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1882.28 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $172.85

Commuter pass: $66.66

Cappuccino: $4.45

Domestic beer: $10.67

18. Berlin, Germany

18. Berlin, Germany

Cost of living compared to New York City: 29.74% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $874.85 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $270.39

Commuter pass: $94.49

Cappuccino: $3.06

Domestic beer: $3.62

19. The Hague, Netherlands

19. The Hague, Netherlands

Cost of living compared to New York City: 18.72% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $987.94 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $149.17

Commuter pass: $81.67

Cappuccino: $3.10

Domestic beer: $4.67

20. Hamburg, Germany

20. Hamburg, Germany

Cost of living compared to New York City: 22.98% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $854.88 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $259.92

Commuter pass: $102.92

Cappuccino: $3.34

Domestic beer: $4.43

21. Seoul, South Korea

21. Seoul, South Korea

Cost of living compared to New York City: 16.98% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $824.89 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $149.51

Commuter pass: $49.11

Cappuccino: $4.10

Domestic beer: $3.13

22. Vienna, Austria

22. Vienna, Austria

Cost of living compared to New York City: 25.82% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $922.85 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $195.74

Commuter pass: $52.51

Cappuccino: $3.64

Domestic beer: $4.20

23. Zurich, Switzerland

23. Zurich, Switzerland

Cost of living compared to New York City: 36.36% higher

Monthly:

Rent: $1842.98 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $167.61

Commuter pass: $84.36

Cappuccino: $4.93

Domestic beer: $7.03

24. Munich, Germany

24. Munich, Germany

Cost of living compared to New York City: 21.77% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1,057.55 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $257.57

Commuter pass: $75.83

Cappuccino: $3.36

Domestic beer: $4.43

25. Kampala, Uganda

25. Kampala, Uganda

Cost of living compared to New York City: 65.43%

Monthly:

Rent: $234.87 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $51.57

Commuter pass: $29.90

Cappuccino: $2.10

Domestic beer: $1.10

26. Cape Town, South Africa

26. Cape Town, South Africa

Cost of living compared to New York City: 59.06% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $716.30 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $58.33

Commuter pass: $24.20

Cappuccino: $1.62

Domestic beer: $2.07

27. Stockholm, Sweden

27. Stockholm, Sweden

Cost of living compared to New York City: 12.76% lower

Monthly:

Rent: $1406.43 for a 1-bedroom in the city center

Utilities: $74.58

Commuter pass: $98.96

Cappuccino: $4.33

Domestic beer: $7.15

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