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Ecuador is in Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru.
The climate is tropical along the coast and in the Amazonian jungle lowlands but cooler inland at higher elevations.
The official languages are Spanish and Quechua. Quechua is spoken by Amerindians. English is spoken in some business circles, but a knowledge of Spanish is recommended and appreciated. Spanish is a necessity outside the main cities.
The main religion is Christianity.
The economy of Ecuador is dominated by natural resources which include petroleum, fish, shrimp, timber and gold. In addition, it has rich agriculture: bananas, flowers, coffee, cacao, sugar, tropical fruits, palm oil, palm hearts, rice, roses, and corn. The country´s greatest national export is crude oil.
Conversations take place at a much closer physical distance and often involve more physical contact than expats may be accustomed to at home. Expatriates are generally expected to dress conservatively at work, although more casual dress code may be seen in coastal cities due to the hot and humid climate. Expatriate dress code for women is typically standard Western clothing, although short skirts are not recommended. The safety risk for expatriates in Ecuador is low, but medium in Quito and Guayaquil, and high near the Colombian border. Risks include petty / street crime such as bag snatching, abductions / kidnapping for ransom, protests and demonstrations, as well as high levels of corruption. Other risks include active volcanoes.
The currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD). Credit cards are generally accepted.
Health care facilities are good but expensive in the main cities. Private hospitals require up front payment or a credit card guarantee for admission. Cases of Zika and the Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever occurs.
The population is 16.4 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.04% for Ecuador as at November 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Ecuador is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.
Within Ecuador we also cover Quito.
The cost of living for expatriates in Ecuador as at January 2020 is low 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 Ecuador 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$760. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$13.65, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.55, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.07 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$7.15.2) 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$62, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$98, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$94 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$48.3) 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$188. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$39, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.14 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$22500. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,528 for Primary School, and USD$16,167 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$1925. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$674, and USD$578 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$520. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.64, 1 kg oranges USD$1.70, 1 head lettuce USD$0.73, 1 kg potatos USD$1.50, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.32, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$6.83, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.17, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.92, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.24, and 1.5 L water USD$1.40.7) 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$560. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$45, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,386.8) 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$1400. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,650 in a central location, and USD$1,019 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$385. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.52, while an international newspaper is USD$2.31.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$225. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$18, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$91.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$325. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$7.80, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$54 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$420. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.69, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.94, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$7.80, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$39.00.13) 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$730. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.53, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$27,000.
Ecuador is -30.5% cheaper than USA for groceries, -49.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 86% more expensive for transport costs than India.
Ecuador is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Ecuador for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Ecuador) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.