The City of Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention centre in the Caribbean region. Barbados is a Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. Tropical; rainy season (June to October). Relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region. The official language is English. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Barbados has transformed itself from a low-income economy dependent upon sugar production, into an upper-middle-income economy based on tourism and the offshore sector. The security risk for expatriates in Barbados is low. Risks include petty crime such as theft, street crime, and vehicle theft particularly in Bridgetown. Other risks include those associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. The population in Bridgetown is 0.097 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.69% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Bridgetown as at 1 July 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Bridgetown, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Bridgetown is for example 83.3% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 15.2% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 47.8% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Bridgetown is ranked as a some hardship location. Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered. The hardship premium for Bridgetown for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Bridgetown) premium of 20% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%. Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Bridgetown? Register subscribe to your home location and Bridgetown and run your personalised reports.