Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. Kingston, as the capital, is the financial, cultural, economic and industrial centre of Jamaica. Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba. The climate is tropical, hot and humid but temperate in the interior. The official language is English. This is the dominant and business language of the country Most Jamaicans understand English, but speak patois – a dialect derived from English and African languages. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Jamaica is a mixed economy with both state enterprises and private sector businesses. Major sectors of the Jamaican economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and financial and insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange. In Jamaica, North American business culture is prevalent. Jamaican men usually shake hands with other men, but will usually wait for women to initiate handshaking. Jamaican women do not usually shake hands with other women. Expatriate business dress is mostly formal and conservative. Lightweight suits for both men and women are acceptable. The security risk for expatriates in Jamaica is medium, but high in West Kingston and Spanish Town. Risks include violent crime, murder, rape, robbery and gang violence. The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD). Medical facilities vary throughout Jamaica and may not meet international standards. Medical treatment can be expensive often requiring immediate payment. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is common. The population of Kingston is 662,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.2% for Jamaica as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Jamaica is progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Kingston, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Kingston as at 1 April 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: High Kingston is for example 61.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 56% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 21.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Kingston for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Kingston) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Kingston is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Kingston? Register subscribe to your home location and Kingston and run your personalised reports.