Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River, the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department in south-western France. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. Other industries include the aeronautic industry, laser and plasma technologies, and tourism. France is in Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain. The climate is generally cool in winter and mild in summer, but with mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean. The official language is French. English is commonly spoken in major cities and in business circles. Visitors, particularly native English speakers, should try to speak at least a few words of French. Do not use the familiar 'tu' form of address unless invited to do so. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of France is a mixed economy which is the fifth largest economy in the world, by measurement of GDP (nominal), behind the United States, Japan, China and Germany. It is the second largest economy in Europe. Business in France tends to be on the formal side. It is expected to use formal terms of address such as ‘mademoiselle' for young women, ‘Madame' for other women, ‘monsieur' for men, plus the surname (for example, Madame DuPont). If a professional title is used (for example, ‘monsieur le president'), expatriates should follow the example. France has a conservative business culture, which although is changing, continues to be male dominated, particularly in large domestic companies. The security risk for expatriates in France is generally low. Risks include petty / street crime in major urban areas, especially in tourist areas, disruptions related to strikes, and particularly in recent years extremist terrorism. The currency of France is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Credit cards are widely accepted. The standard of healthcare in France is good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Bordeaux is 1.2 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.7% for France as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for France is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 45%. Note: For income tax purposes, France covers mainland France, the coastal islands and Corsica; and overseas départements (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion and Mayotte).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in 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 Bordeaux is as follows: Bordeaux as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 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$740. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$6.61, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.20, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.20 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$8.82. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1200. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$85, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$90, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$128 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$35. 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$170. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$28, 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$24300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,778 for Primary School, and USD$17,558 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$636, and USD$546 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$750. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.65, 1 kg oranges USD$2.76, 1 head lettuce USD$1.21, 1 kg potatos USD$1.73, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$11.81, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$16.81, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.55, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.61, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.07, and 1.5 L water USD$0.64. 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$600. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$49, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,499. 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$2600. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,453 in a central location, and USD$1,557 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$375. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.33, while an international newspaper is USD$2.26. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$190. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$15, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$75. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$350. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.02, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$30 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$780. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.42, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.48, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$9.37, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$44.09. 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$1030. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.57, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$24,117. Bordeaux is 15.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 21.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 75% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Bordeaux for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Bordeaux) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Bordeaux is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Bordeaux? Register subscribe to your home location and Bordeaux and run your personalised reports.