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India, All Areas

India, All Areas

Cost of living in India, 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 India?

Climate: The climate varies from tropical monsoon in the south to temperate in the north.

Language: The official languages are Hindi and English. Business is conducted in English. Indian business associates may speak to one another in Hindi or their local language, it is not expected of foreign business executives to speak or understand a local language. Hotel and airline staff speak English.

Religion: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Economy: The economy of India is the twelfth largest economy in the world by nominal value and the fourth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). In the 1990s, following economic reform from the socialist-inspired economy of post-independence India, the country began to experience rapid economic growth, as markets opened for international competition and investment. In the 21st century, India is an emerging economic power with vast human and natural resources, and a huge knowledge base.

Inflation: 6.83% for India as at August 2023.

Money: The currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).

Tax: In India is based on the current personal income tax rates of up to 30%, plus additional surcharges of up to 37% for high income earners, progressive up to a combined 67% (30% income tax + 37% surcharge).

Population: 1.4 Billion (2022 est.)

Expat Life: The dress code is smart, conservative and discreet. Business is generally best conducted by maintaining an even conversational tone and to restrain any signs of impatience, frustration or anger. Indians prefer to be addressed by their professional titles or by Mr, Mrs, Miss. It is best not use their first names unless invited to do so. The safety risk for expatriates in India is generally medium to high, but varies across the country. Risks include petty crime, such as pickpocketing, mainly in crowded tourist areas, crime against women (including rape), risks associated with protest action (which can become violent), and terrorism by separatist groups and guerrillas, although the risk to expatriates is relatively low.

Health Care: Health care facilities are not generally comparable to those of Western Europe and North America, especially in rural areas. In major cities private health care care is available, but it is expensive. Dengue fever is common.

India covers all areas within the country other than Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, and Surat.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in India?

The cost of living for expatriates in India as at October 2023 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 46.15 (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 India 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$740. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.12, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.38, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.97 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$5.40.

2) Clothing: Cost is very low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$27, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$45, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$33 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$28.

3) Communication: Cost is very low 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$82. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$9, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$3.65 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is low 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$13200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$8,650 for Primary School, and USD$9,626 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average 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$1925. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$676, and USD$580 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low 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$510. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.13, 1 kg oranges USD$0.61, 1 head lettuce USD$0.66, 1 kg potatos USD$0.22, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$1.87, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$3.00, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.22, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.57, 1 L full cream milk USD$3.37, and 1.5 L water USD$0.46.

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$580. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$47, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,449.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low 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$1450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,780 in a central location, and USD$997 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$385. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.47, while an international newspaper is USD$2.30.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$285. 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$114.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is low for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$230. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.76, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$23 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is low 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$360. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.16, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.57, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.24, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$15.87.

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$510. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$4.82, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$12,209.

How does the cost of living in India compare?

India is -36.1% cheaper than USA for groceries, -51.4% cheaper for household costs than UK, and -45.8% cheaper for transport costs than Australia.

What is the quality of life / hardship in India?

India is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for India for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (India) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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