San Juan is the capital and largest municipality in Puerto Rico. San Juan is one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism centre. Puerto Rico (Territory of the USA with Commonwealth status) is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic. Tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation. Mostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas. The official languages are English and Spanish. Spanish is more commonly used outside the San Juan metropolitan area. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Puerto Rico is dynamic with a diverse industrial sector that has surpassed agriculture as the primary focus of economic activity and income. The security risk for expatriates in Puerto Rico is low overall, but medium in San Juan. Risks include petty crime (particularly expatriates), violent crime and homicide (mostly drug or gang related). The population in San Juan is 2.5 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.3% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in San Juan as at 1 January 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In San Juan, 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: Average 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Average San Juan is for example 32.7% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 2.1% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -4% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. San Juan 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 San Juan for an expat from Zurich is for example 20%, i.e. host location (San Juan) 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 San Juan? Register subscribe to your home location and San Juan and run your personalised reports.