Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. Castries houses the government and head offices of many businesses both foreign and local. It also has a sheltered harbour which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. Saint Lucia is an island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August. Volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys. The official language is English. French-based patois is also spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Saint Lucia depends primarily on tourism, banana production, and light manufacturing. The security risk for expatriates in Saint Lucia is low. Risks include petty street crime, violent crime, and murder. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The population in Castries is 0.067 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.03% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Castries as at 1 April 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Castries, 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: High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Castries is for example 49.1% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 20.3% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -8.8% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. Castries is ranked as a some 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 Castries for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Castries) premium of 20% 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 Castries? Register subscribe to your home location and Castries and run your personalised reports.