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Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John's
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Antigua and Barbuda, Saint John'sSt John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda. St John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua. St. John's is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan municipalities in the Lesser Antilles. The city is famous for its various shopping malls as well as boutiques throughout the city, selling designer jewellery and haute-couture clothing. There are also many independent, locally-run establishments, selling a variety of fashions. The investment banking industry has a strong presence in the city. Many major world financial institutions have offices in St. John's.

Antigua and Barbuda are Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico. The climate is tropical and maritime with little seasonal temperature variation.

The official language is English which is generally used in Business. Antiguan Creole English and Barbuda Creole English are also spoken. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Antigua and Barbuda's is service-based, with tourism and government services representing the key sources of employment and income. Tourism accounts directly or indirectly for more than half of GDP and is also the principal earner of foreign exchange in Antigua and Barbuda.

In Antigua and Barbuda people are relatively casual regarding agendas and time schedules. Swimming attire should not be worn in public places, only at the beach or pool and camouflage clothing is forbidden. Business attire usually comprises a lightweight suit/dress for business meetings. Expatriate women should exercise caution at all times and avoid travelling alone at night.

The security risk for expatriates in Antigua and Barbuda is low. Risks include petty street crime, and to a lesser extent violent crime and armed assault, particularly when walking alone at night in urban areas. St Johns has a higher crime rate than the rest of Antigua and Barbuda. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms.

The currency of Antigua and Barbuda is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

Medical facilities are good but limited and generally expensive. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever occurs. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported.

The population of Saint John's is 81,800 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.97% for Antigua and Barbuda as at 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Antigua and Barbuda is based on the current personal income tax rates which are 0% as there is no personal income tax.


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Saint John's as at 1 November 2019 is very high in comparison to other places in the world.

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 Saint John's is as follows:
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$830. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.03, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.00, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.00 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.59.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$930. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$44, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$111, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$56 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$56.
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$346. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$74, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.30 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$26100. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,962 for Primary School, and USD$18,876 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$2675. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$788, and USD$676 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$970. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.00, 1 kg oranges USD$3.00, 1 head lettuce USD$4.44, 1 kg potatos USD$3.70, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$8.14, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$3.00, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.70, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.48, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.85, and 1.5 L water USD$1.48.
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$800. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$65, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,998.
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$3300. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,728 in a central location, and USD$1,836 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$395. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.74, while an international newspaper is USD$2.38.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$375. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$30, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$150.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$370. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.83, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$43 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$660. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.85, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.85, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.66, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$18.50.
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$990. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.22, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$25,901.

Saint John's is 50.6% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 55.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 68% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Saint John's is ranked as a some hardship location.

The hardship premium for Saint John's for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Saint John's) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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