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City Description: Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the financial capital of Pakistan.Economy: Karachi is Pakistan's premier centre of banking, industry, and trade. Karachi is also home to Pakistan's largest corporations, including those that are involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research.Major Languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Balochi.Major Religions: Islam.Population: 13.2 Mil (2013 est.).Currency: Pakistan Rupee (PKR)Inflation: 8.55% (2013 est.).
The cost of living in Karachi is very low 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 actual, senior, 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.The current cost of living overview for each basket is as follows Alcohol & Tobacco costs for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes are very low in comparison to other international locations. Note: Where alcohol is not legally available only tobacco products are included.Alcohol is not legally available and therefore not included. Reference price for a pack of 20 cigarettes in a store is USD$1.22.Clothing costs for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear are low in comparison to other international locations.Reference price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$23, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$46, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$30 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$41.Communication costs for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs are low in comparison to other places.Reference price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$27, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 per minute.Education costs for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$8,196 for Primary School, and USD$9,121 for High School.Furniture & Appliance costs for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas are average in comparison to other international locations.Reference price for a Blu-ray player is USD$125, and USD$1,233 for a 46 inch LED HD TV.Grocery costs for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.15, 1 kg oranges USD$0.89, 1 head lettuce USD$0.33, 1 kg potatos USD$0.29, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$3.10, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.87, 1 dozen large eggs USD$0.95, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.43, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.81, and 1.5 L water USD$0.42.Healthcare costs for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$40, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,243.Household Accommodation costs for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities are average in comparison to other international locations.Reference expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,719 in a central location, and USD$924 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.Miscellaneous costs for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps are low in comparison to other international locations.Reference price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.44, while an international newspaper is USD$1.98.Personal Care costs for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$16, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$78.Recreation and Culture costs for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.65, and an international fitness club membership cost for one adult is USD$21 per month.Restaurants, Meals Out and Hotel costs for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.31, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.39, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.98, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$16.03.Transport costs for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance are very low in comparison to other international locations.Reference average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.09, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$18,333.Hardship Hardship in the context of an expatriate and their family refers to the degree of hardship they are likely to experience and the relative impact on their lifestyle in a host location. Hardship pay is compensation for the hardship likely to be endured during an international assignment in order 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. Karachi is ranked as a extreme hardship location.ReferenceThe information on this page is updated quarterly using data collected over the previous 12 months. Premium data such as cost of living comparisons, hardship pay and salary comparisons are only available using the calculators.Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 November 2013.Are you moving / considering a move to Karachi? 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 Karachi to have a similar spending power to what you have now. 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