Hagatna is the capital of the American island territory of Guam. Hagatna is one of the island's major commercial districts in addition to being the seat of government. Guam is an island in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. Tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season (January to June), rainy season (July to December); little seasonal temperature variation. Volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in centre, mountains in south. The official languages are English and Chamorro. Japanese is also spoken, particularly by older people. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Guam is supported by its principal industry, tourism, which is primarily composed of visitors from Japan. Guam’s second-largest source of income is the United States military. The security risk for expatriates in Guam is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and the possibility of terrorism due to the presence of the US military bases. The population in Hagatna is 0.011 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.5% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Hagatna as at 1 July 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Hagatna, 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: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very High Hagatna is for example 45.3% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 26.1% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 40% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Hagatna is ranked as a high degree of 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 Hagatna for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Hagatna) premium of 30% 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 Hagatna? Register subscribe to your home location and Hagatna and run your personalised reports.