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Bahamas, All Areas

Bahamas, All Areas

Cost of living in the Bahamas, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023.

What is it like to live in the Bahamas?

Climate: The climate is tropical and marine, moderated by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

Language: The official language is English. English is mainly spoken in business circles.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: The economy of The Bahamas is that of a stable, developing nation heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.

Inflation: 3.1% for Bahamas as at June 2023.

Money: The currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), fixed to the US dollar.

Tax: In Bahamas is based on the current personal income tax rate which is 0% as there is no personal income tax.

Population: 392,800 (2022 est.)

Expat Life: In the Bahamas, North American business culture prevails, although the pace of business may be a little slower. While casual light clothing is generally worn outside of work, expatriate dress code can vary. Generally conservative dress is recommended for both men and women. The use of titles in business is also on the conservative side; the use of first names is regarded as informal and may be reserved for friends and family. Women are well represented in most professions at the highest level. The safety risk for expatriates in the Bahamas is low overall, but medium in the southern neighbourhoods of Nassau. Risks include petty theft and street crime. Other risks include those associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.

Health Care: Health care facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported.

The Bahamas covers all areas within the country other than Nassau.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Bahamas?

The cost of living for expatriates in Bahamas as at October 2023 is very high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 95.83 (New York =100). 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 Bahamas is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very high for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1030. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$24.05, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$5.20, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$5.85 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$13.00.

2) Clothing: Cost is high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1000. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$61, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$114, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$116 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$47.

3) Communication: Cost is very high 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$278. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$84, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$71.49 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is very high for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$30300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$19,723 for Primary School, and USD$21,948 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very high for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$3450. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$909, and USD$780 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is very high for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1110. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.25, 1 kg oranges USD$2.29, 1 head lettuce USD$3.61, 1 kg potatos USD$2.28, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.97, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.98, 1 dozen large eggs USD$6.51, 500g loaf white bread USD$5.40, 1 L full cream milk USD$20.71, and 1.5 L water USD$2.87.

7) Healthcare: Cost is high for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$920. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$75, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$2,295.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$3000. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,873 in a central location, and USD$3,517 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$420. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.17, while an international newspaper is USD$2.51.

10) Personal Care: Cost is high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$420. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$34, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$168.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$590. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$20.15, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$124 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is very high for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1000. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$6.72, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.96, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$11.70, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$130.00.

13) Transport: Cost is very high for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1190. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$5.78, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$37,500.

How does the cost of living in Bahamas compare?

Bahamas is 39.2% more expensive than USA for groceries, 2.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 134.5% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Bahamas?

Bahamas is ranked as a some hardship location.The hardship premium for Bahamas for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the Bahamas) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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