Istanbul most expensive city of Turkey in 2012
Istanbul had the highest price level in 2012. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜRELThe Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) revealed the results of its regional purchasing power parity study for 2012 yesterday.
Istanbul had the highest price level at 113.1, whereas the southeastern cities of Siirt, Batman, Mardin and Şırnak had the lowest price level at 94.4, according to the study. Price level indices for the region of Istanbul were thus 13.1 percent higher than the Turkish average and 19.8 percent higher than the region with the lowest prices.
Istanbul also had the highest price level index at 108.0 for the food and non-alcoholic beverages group, whereas the southeastern cities of Gaziantep, Adıyaman and Kilis had the lowest for this group at 94.7.
The Turkish capital Ankara had the highest price level index with 106.3 in the transportation group, while Mardin, Batman, Şırnak and Siirt were the lowest for this group at 91.4, according to the TÜİK study.
In the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels main group, Istanbul also had the highest price level index at 148.5. The region with the lowest price level index for the same group was the region comprised of Mardin, Batman, Şırnak and Siirt at 86.2.
In hotels, cafes and restaurants Ankara had the highest price level index at 117.2, while the Central Anatolian cities of Konya and Karaman had the lowest price level index with 91.2.