George Town, Grand Cayman, is the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial industry, with over 600 banks located there. Most of these are small one room operations, some having no physical location on the island at all. It also has cruise ship facilities and several shopping plazas. The Cayman Islands (Overseas Territory of the UK) are a three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica. The climate is tropical marine with warm, rainy summers and cool, relatively dry winters. The official language is English. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of the Cayman Islands is mainly fuelled by the tourism sector and by the financial services sector, together representing 70-80 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Caymanians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. Business dress is generally conservative, comprising a lightweight suit for business meetings. Business meetings are generally conducted in English. Women hold position at the highest levels. The security risk for expatriates in the Cayman Islands is low. The risk of crime is low. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD) which is fixed to the US Dollar. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and local shops. 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. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of George Town is 31,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.5% for the Cayman Islands as at March 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for the Cayman Islands is based on the current personal income tax rate of 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in George Town is as follows: George Town as at 1 November 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1100. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$25.77, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.16, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$4.23 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$10.79. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1110. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$55, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$145, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$151 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$42. 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$412. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$141, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.36 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$33300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$21,684 for Primary School, and USD$24,130 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2350. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$740, and USD$635 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1270. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$10.56, 1 kg oranges USD$11.28, 1 head lettuce USD$3.58, 1 kg potatos USD$1.59, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$29.96, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.18, 1 dozen large eggs USD$6.59, 500g loaf white bread USD$4.99, 1 L full cream milk USD$3.07, and 1.5 L water USD$4.19. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$820. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$66, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,036. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$4350. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,912 in a central location, and USD$3,766 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$405. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.91, while an international newspaper is USD$2.43. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$400. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$32, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$161. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$470. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$14.38, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$72 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1020. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.89, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.73, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$10.19, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$101.87. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1580. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.43, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$35,953. George Town is 96.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 104.4% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 167.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for George Town for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (George Town) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. George Town is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in George Town? Register subscribe to your home location and George Town and run your personalised reports.