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City Description: Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province's second-largest city.Economy: Edmonton is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta and a major centre for the oil and gas industry. Despite the focus on oil and gas, Edmonton's economy is one of the most diverse in Canada with strong industrial, technology, biotech, research and education sectors.Major Languages: English, French (both official).Major Religions: Christianity.Population: 1.04 Mil (2013 est.).Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)Inflation: 1.1% (2013 est.).
The cost of living in Edmonton is very high in comparison to other places in the world. This is based on a comparison of locally collected prices for goods and services applicable to expatriates, converted to USD. The goods and services have been grouped together into categories (baskets) and the cost calculated for each basket in each location. Futhermore, these baskets have been weighted based on extensive research of white collar expatriate spending habits. As a result the cost of living comparisons are applicable to internationally mobile senior staff such as specialists, professionals, managers and executives. In Edmonton, of the 13 cost of living baskets, the cost of no basket is very low, education low, no basket average, healthcare high, and restaurants very high in comparison to other international locations. Hardship Hardship 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. Edmonton is ranked as a minimal hardship location.ReferenceThe information on this page is updated quarterly using data collected over the previous 12 months. Premium data such as the cost of living indexes for all 13 baskets for each location, hardship premiums and salary comparisons are only available using the calculators.Published by Xpatulator.com on 15 January 2014.Are you moving / considering a move to Edmonton? Would you like to know if your salary offer is higher or lower than what you earn now? Calculate how much you need to earn in Edmonton to have a similar spending power to what you have now. Register, Purchase and Run the Salary Purchasing Power Parity Calculator.