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Jamaica, Kingston
Overview

Jamaica, KingstonKingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. Kingston, as the capital, is the financial, cultural, economic and industrial centre of Jamaica.

Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba. Tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior. Mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain.
The main languages are English (official), English patois. The main religions are Christianity.

The economy of Jamaica is a mixed economy with both state enterprises and private sector businesses. Major sectors of the Jamaican economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and financial and insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange.

The population is 0.938 Mil (2014 est.), while the iinflation rate is 8% (2014 est.).


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates in Kingston as at 1 July 2014 is average in comparison to other places in the world.


In Kingston, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows:
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: High
3) Communication: Very Low
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: High
6) Groceries: High
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: High
9) Miscellaneous: Very Low
10) Personal Care: Average
11) Recreation & Culture: Average
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low
13) Transport: High

Kingston is for example 18.7% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 11.1% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 7.5% more expensive for transport costs than Athens.

Kingston 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 Kingston for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Kingston) 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.

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