Tunis is among the ten least expensive cities in the world, as ranked by Mercer HRC a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and investment services in the light of the results of its survey on the cost of living for expatriates in 2008.
Out of 143 cities covered by the survey , the Tunisian capital ranks 133. Its cost of living index posts 64.4
The index covers a sample of cities on 6 continents and measures the comparative costs of more than 200 criteria (housing, transport, food, clothing, household appliances, leisure, etc.).. This survey allows multinational companies and the governments determine compensation allowances granted to their expatriate employees.
New York was used as the reference city, with the index of 100.
As far as the index of the quality of living is concerned, Tunis is ranking100th with 81.6 points out of 215 cities
Mercer’s study is based on detailed assessments and evaluations of 39 key quality of living determinants, grouped in categories including:
Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)
Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc)
Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)
Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc)
Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc)
Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc)
Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)
Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc)
Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)