Majuro is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Majuro is built on an atoll of 64 islands, the Majuro Atoll. Majuro has a port, shopping district, hotels, and an international airport. The Marshall Islands are in Oceania. They consist of two archipelagic island chains of 29 atolls, each made up of many small islets, and five single islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and Australia. Tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November; islands border typhoon belt. Low coral limestone and sand islands. The official languages are Marshallese and English The main religion is Christianity. The government of the Marshall Islands is the largest employer, employing 30.6% of the work force. Direct U.S. aid accounted for 60% of the Marshalls' $90 million budget. The security risk for expatriates in the Marshall Islands is low. Risk is primarily low levels of petty crime. The population in Majuro is 0.0254 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 12.9% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Majuro as at 1 January 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Majuro, 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: High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: 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: Average Majuro is for example 13.8% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 45.5% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 4.6% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Majuro 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 Majuro for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Majuro) 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 Majuro? Register subscribe to your home location and Majuro and run your personalised reports.