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Haiti, All Areas

Haiti, All Areas

Cost of living in Haiti, 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 Haiti?

Climate: The climate is tropical but semi arid where the mountains in the east cut off the trade winds.

Language: The official languages are French and Creole. Creole is more widely spoken. Although many business people speak and write English, most prefer French.

Religion: Christianity.

Economy: The economy of Haiti is amongst the poorest in the world. Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agriculture sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country's widespread deforestation. The country was devastated by a powerful earthquake in January 2010 which destroyed much of the infrastructure.

Inflation: 39.8% for Haiti as at July 2023.

Money: The currency of Haiti is the Haitian Gourde (HTG). You can exchange US dollars for local currency in banks. Some hotels and shops accept payment in US dollars. Most credit cards are accepted in major hotels, and in some shops and businesses in the capital.

Tax: In Haiti is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.

Population: 11.4 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: In Haiti it is normal to shake hands at the beginning and end of business meetings. Expatriate dress code is generally casual but neat. The safety risk for expatriates in Haiti is high. Risks include violent crime, kidnapping, and violent protests. Other risks include the lack of infrastructure and healthcare, poor quality of roads, earthquakes and tropical storms. Expatriates should be met at the airport and notify the relevant embassy.

Health Care: Health care facilities are very limited and provide only basic care. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is common. Cholera is present.

Haiti covers all areas within the country other than Port-au-Prince.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Haiti?

The cost of living for expatriates in Haiti as at October 2023 is high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 74.48 (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 Haiti is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is average 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$670. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.66, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.77, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.32 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$6.71.

2) Clothing: Cost is very high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1180. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$48, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$89, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$95 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$50.

3) Communication: Cost is average 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$186. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$63, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$31.36 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average 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$23700. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,485 for Primary School, and USD$17,232 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$3175. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$868, and USD$745 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$1060. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.12, 1 kg oranges USD$2.52, 1 head lettuce USD$2.47, 1 kg potatos USD$3.06, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.69, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.22, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.83, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.34, 1 L full cream milk USD$5.94, and 1.5 L water USD$1.46.

7) Healthcare: Cost is average 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$660. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$53, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,640.

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$2700. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,730 in a central location, and USD$2,115 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$405. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.86, while an international newspaper is USD$2.42.

10) Personal Care: Cost is average for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$290. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$23, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$116.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$370. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$10.07, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$62 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average 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$640. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.85, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.78, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$11.47, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$69.66.

13) Transport: Cost is low 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$620. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$3.34, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$26,751.

How does the cost of living in Haiti compare?

Haiti is 32.9% more expensive than USA for groceries, -8.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 22.7% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Haiti?

Haiti is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for Haiti for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Haiti) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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