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. The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation. 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. Puerto Rico is an overseas commonwealth of the USA, however it is advisable to refer to it as if it were an independent country. Expatriate business dress is relatively casual, though expatriates are advised to take direction from their counterparts. 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 currency of Puerto Rico is the US Dollar (USD). Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Zika virus has been reported. The population of San Juan is 2.4 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.1% (Mar 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In San Juan, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): San Juan as at 1 April 2017 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Average San Juan is for example 55.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 39% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 16.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for San Juan for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (San Juan) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. San Juan is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in San Juan? Register subscribe to your home location and San Juan and run your personalised reports.