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Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan
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Northern Mariana Islands, SaipanCity Description: Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Commonwealth's centre of government is located in the village of Capital Hill on the island. Saipan is often referred to as the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Economy: Tourism has long been a vital source of the island's revenue. In years past, the main economic driving force in Saipan was garment manufacturing, however there are no garment manufacturers left on the island.

Major Languages: English, Chamarro, Carolinian.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Population: 0.048 Mil (2013 est.).

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Inflation: 2% (2013 est.).


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates in Saipan is average in comparison to other places in the world.


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

Saipan is ranked as a extreme 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.

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The 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 to registered users using the Mobility Calculators.

Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 April 2014.

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