SBP Launches Latest Ranking of Cheapest and Costliest Major Pakistani Cities

Cheapest and Costliest Major Pakistani Cities – Check The Latest Ranking

State Bank of Pakistan has launched the latest ranking of cheapest and costliest major Pakistani Cities. However, the ranking was so shocking as it is totally different from the previous years ranking. According to SBP, the ranking totally depends on Consumer Price Index Inflation (CPI). Therefore, SBP has conducted the ranking for 5 major cities; Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, and Karachi. They rank the cities of Pakistan every year based on CPI. The ranking for this year starts from June 2017 to June 2018.

What is CPI:

Consumer Price Index Inflation (CPI) is the measure of the expenses that the people spent to gain facilities. The facilities may include both food and nonfood groups. The food group is related to the expenses that people spent to gain food facilities such as water, wearables, and electricity. Non-food includes education, transport, fuel, and others.

Cheapest and Costliest Major Pakistani Cities:

The ranking of Cheapest and Costliest Major Pakistani Cities depends upon the price of living, food, housing, education and other expenses. The below Ranking is from the top (Expensive) to bottom (Inexpensive)


The capital of Baluchistan, Quetta is ranked as the costliest city in Pakistan with highest CPI. The living expenses of Quetta is far high than any other city. The CPI of Quetta is June 2017 was 2.7% but in June 2018, it is 9.3 percent. However, the CPI gets the highest due to the cost of living and the highest food inflation. The food inflation of Quetta is 8.5% and nonfood is 9.8% which is the highest inflation.Quetta Major Pakistani Cities


The city which is costliest at number 2nd in Lahore, the capital of Punjab. The inflation rate in Lahore is 5.2% as compared to previous years’ inflation that was 4.9%. The previous year, Lahore was ranked number one costliest city due to the high cost of living but now it’s on second.

The affordability of various areas of Lahore, the capital of Punjab, Pakistan, varies significantly due to the city’s vastly varied spectrum of living standards. Shahdara and Sanda are two examples of more inexpensive communities that provide low- to middle-income families with good housing alternatives and reasonable living costs.

Affluent folks, expatriates, and corporate leaders mainly inhabit these places because of the premium housing options, high-end amenities, and lavish lifestyles they provide. The city of Lahore is able to suit a wide range of financial levels and lifestyle preferences thanks to its vast array of neighborhoods.

Lahore Major Pakistani Cities


The capital of KPK is at the third number in term of costliest cities of Pakistan. Hence, the CPI in Peshawar has been raised as compared to the previous year due to living and other expenses. The previous inflation rate was about 3.2% and now its 4.8%.Peshawar Major Pakistani Cities

4. Karachi:

The capital of Sindh, Karachi is ranked at number 4 when we talk about costliest cities. The current inflation rate of Karachi is 4.8% approx. And previous is 3.1%. the inflation rate has been increased with the remarkable amount.

The biggest city in Pakistan, Karachi, has a cost of living that varies substantially from one neighborhood to another. Houses in Orangi Town, Korangi, and Landhi tend to be on the cheaper side, making them ideal for middle-class and lower-class families. Affordable, basic amenities are available to inhabitants in these places, which are a combination of residential clusters and industrial zones.

Karachi Major Pakistani Cities


That’s something shocking as compare to previous years’ inflation. Islamabad is ranked as the cheapest city to live in Pakistan. However, the Islamabad has the lowest food inflation, nonfood inflation, and cost of living among all the major cities. Whereas, The food inflation rate is approx. 3.1% whereas the non-food inflation is 5.1%.Islamabad Major Pakistani Cities

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