Most expensive cities in the world for Americans to work

Could you afford to be an expat? These are the 10 most expensive cities you could end up in. We picked some of the highest costs in each city -- whether it was rent, jeans or gasoline -- to show you just how pricey it would be to live there.

1. Tokyo, Japan
1. Tokyo, Japan

Monthly rent (2-br, luxury apt.): $4,848

Movie ticket: $23

Pair of jeans: $147

Cup of coffee (incl. service): $8.29

Source: Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2012, conducted in 214 cities to help international companies assess the costs of relocating employees abroad. It looks at the cost in U.S. dollars of over 200 everyday items, such as monthly rent for a luxury, 2-bedroom unfurnished apartment, a movie ticket for an international release, a fast-food hamburger meal, and more. All cities are compared to New York City, where average monthly rent is $4,500, coffee is $4 and a liter of gasoline is $1.10.
By Blake Ellis @CNNMoney - Last updated June 20 2012: 5:13 AM ET
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