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El Salvador is in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras.
The climate is tropical on the coast and temperate in the uplands.
The official language is Spanish. It is the language that most official business is conducted, many government officials and business personnel speak English. US English is increasingly spoken in tourist areas, restaurants, bars, taxis, etc.; although visitors should not rely on this.
The main religion is Christianity.
The economy of El Salvador has been hampered by natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, but El Salvador currently has a steadily growing economy. The service sector is the largest component of GDP at 64%, followed by the industrial sector at 25%. Agriculture represents only 11% of GDP.
Conversations take place at a much closer physical distance and often involve more physical contact than expatriates may be accustomed to at home, however, be aware that stepping back from someone could be regarded as unfriendly. Expatriates are generally expected to wear light cotton suits at work. Expatriate dress code for women is typically standard Western clothing, although short skirts are not recommended. The safety risk for expatriates in El Salvador is medium. Risks include petty / street crime and violent crime including murder. Other risks include landmines and explosives near the Honduran border, tropical storms and hurricanes, and those associated with poor infrastructure.
The currency of El Salvador is the US Dollar (USD). Although some prices are still quoted in the Salvadoran Colon, payment is expected in dollars. ATMs are widely available.
Health care facilities outside San Salvador are generally basic. There are better private clinics and hospitals, but they generally require health care insurance or immediate payment. Cases of Zika and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is common.
The population is 6.3 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.58% for El Salvador as at November 2019.
The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for El Salvador is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.
Within El Salvador we also cover San Salvador.
The cost of living for expatriates in El Salvador as at January 2020 is very 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 El Salvador 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$650. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$17.23, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.31, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.02 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$4.23.2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$690. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$49, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$77, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$82 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$39.3) 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$184. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$45, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.10 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$19800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$12,811 for Primary School, and USD$14,256 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$1675. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$638, and USD$548 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$590. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.95, 1 kg oranges USD$3.34, 1 head lettuce USD$1.25, 1 kg potatos USD$1.87, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$7.87, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$10.04, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.60, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.16, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.85, and 1.5 L water USD$1.03.7) 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$520. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$42, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,297.8) 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$1450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,741 in a central location, and USD$1,230 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$295. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.78, while an international newspaper is USD$1.78.10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$205. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$16, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$82.11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$6.50, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$40 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$470. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.19, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.17, 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$750. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.92, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$18,000.
El Salvador is -21% cheaper than USA for groceries, -48% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 90.4% more expensive for transport costs than India.
El Salvador is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for El Salvador for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (El Salvador) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.