Douglas (Manx: Doolish) is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man. Douglas is home to the High Courts and the Isle of Man Government. The town serves as the Island's main hub for business, finance, shipping, transport, shopping, and entertainment. The Isle of Man (British Crown Dependency) is an island in the Irish Sea, between Great Britain and Ireland. The climate is temperate with cool summers and mild winters. It is overcast about a third of the time. The official language is English. Manx is also spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of the Isle of Man is a "low tax economy" with no capital gains tax, wealth tax, stamp duty, or inheritance tax and a top rate of income tax of 18%. Offshore banking, manufacturing, and tourism form key sectors of the economy. The security risk for expatriates in the Isle of Man is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft, particularly in tourist areas. The currency of UK is the British Pound (GBP). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Douglas is 28,000 (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.7% for the Isle of Man as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for the Isle of Man is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%.
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 Douglas is as follows: Douglas 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$900. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$9.78, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.50, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.14 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$14.06. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$860. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$47, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$61, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$70 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$228. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$45, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.24 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$21300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$13,814 for Primary School, and USD$15,372 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$1600. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$626, and USD$538 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$650. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.53, 1 kg oranges USD$7.34, 1 head lettuce USD$1.22, 1 kg potatos USD$0.92, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.11, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.78, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.24, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.67, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.22, and 1.5 L water USD$1.00. 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$700. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$56, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,735. 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$3050. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,806 in a central location, and USD$1,758 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$365. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$7.08, while an international newspaper is USD$2.18. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$335. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$27, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$135. 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$10.39, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$37 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$730. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.10, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.74, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$8.56, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$61.13. 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$980. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.63, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$23,536. Douglas is 0.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 43.9% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 66.4% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Douglas for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Douglas) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Douglas is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Douglas? Register subscribe to your home location and Douglas and run your personalised reports.