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Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic, Santo DomingoSanto Domingo, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo is the centre of economic activity in the Dominican Republic. Many national and international firms have their headquarters or regional offices in the city. The city attracts many international firms and franchises due to its geographic location, stability and vibrant economy.

The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, and consists of the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti. The climate is tropical maritime with seasonal variation in rainfall but little seasonal temperature variation.

The official language is Spanish. While most business is conducted in Spanish, English is widely spoken, particularly in the cities. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of the Dominican Republic is the largest in Central America and the Caribbean. It is a upper middle-income developing country.

Business introductions are usually formal but can differ depending on the organization. It is expected to use formal professional titles followed by surname. Expatriate business dress is formal. While business is male-dominated, expatriate women in management roles are generally accepted by Dominicans.

The security risk for expatriates in the Dominican Republic is medium. Risks include general crime such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, as well as risks related to demonstrations. Other risks include those related to hurricanes.

The currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican R. Peso (DOP). US Dollars are easily exchanged. Credit card cloning is common. It is generally safer to use cash.

Private medical facilities and medicines are generally of a good standard, however these can be expensive for expatriates. Cases of Zika virus, chikungunya virus, cholera and dengue fever have been reported.

The population of Santo Domingo is 2.9 Million (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.48% for the Dominican Republic as at October 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Dominican Republic is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 25%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Santo Domingo as at 1 November 2019 is average 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 Santo Domingo 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$700. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$12.62, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.06, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.98 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.11.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$780. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$51, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$86, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$92 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$53.
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$334. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$58, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.18 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$17,042 for Primary School, and USD$18,965 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$2425. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$751, and USD$645 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$620. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.88, 1 kg oranges USD$1.33, 1 head lettuce USD$1.12, 1 kg potatos USD$1.39, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.11, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.92, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.00, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.34, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.17, and 1.5 L water USD$1.57.
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$650. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$52, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,611.
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$3000. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,422 in a central location, and USD$1,371 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$435. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$8.52, while an international newspaper is USD$2.62.
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$285. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.82, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$25 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$430. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.71, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.89, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$6.79, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$38.82.
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$690. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.21, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$26,934.

Santo Domingo is -3.9% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 40.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 16.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Santo Domingo is ranked as a extreme hardship location.

The hardship premium for Santo Domingo for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Santo Domingo) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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