When my family and I moved to Zurich, Switzerland, in 2019, locals there would often ask how I was coping with the high cost of, well, everything. After all, Zurich is famously costly — ranking as one of the world’s most expensive cities for expats.
I’d reply that in fact I wasn’t finding it pricier than the city we’d moved from: San Francisco, another exorbitant metropolis. At least in terms of rent and bags of groceries, the cost of living in Zurich seemed very similar to that of San Francisco . Zurich wasn’t that expensive, I thought.