Amman is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Amman is a regional hub in communications, transportation, medical tourism, education, and investment. Jordan is in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia. The climate is mostly arid desert with a rainy season in the west. The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken at all levels of society, including by taxi drivers and hotel staff. Other European languages are less commonly understood. It is appreciated if an attempt is made to use a few basic greetings and other words. Visitors are advised to learn the pronunciation of place names, particularly districts of Amman. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Jordan is small with limited natural resources, but has improved much since its inception as a country. Jordan's economic resource base centres on phosphates, potash, and their fertilizer derivatives; tourism; overseas remittances; and foreign aid. Jordanians are generally happy to act as hosts and guides, and are most willing to inform visitors about their traditions and culture. Attitudes towards businesswomen are conservative and female expatriates may occasionally encounter patronising attitudes from Jordanian male counterparts. Business meetings are formal and business suits are appropriate for expatriates. Businesswomen can travel alone on business to Jordan. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The security risk for expatriates in Jordan is low, but medium in the North-eastern border area with Iraq and the border area with Syria. Risks include petty crime in crowded areas, car theft, burglaries, traffic accidents, protests (that do not impact expatriates much), and terrorism. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour. The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). ATMs are available in Amman but less so in the rest of the country. Medical facilities outside Amman are basic. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been reported. The population of Amman is 4 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.3% for Jordan as at September 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Jordan 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 Amman is as follows: Amman 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$1870. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$21.86, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$5.01, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$6.88 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.53. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1360. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$71, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$98, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$97 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$73. 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$234. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$43, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.05 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$27900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$18,127 for Primary School, and USD$20,172 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$3325. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$887, and USD$762 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$890. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.07, 1 kg oranges USD$1.43, 1 head lettuce USD$0.65, 1 kg potatos USD$1.03, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.72, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$8.07, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.29, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.49, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.66, and 1.5 L water USD$0.59. 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$740. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$60, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,847. 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$2700. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,157 in a central location, and USD$1,309 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$515. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$10.08, while an international newspaper is USD$3.10. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$420. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$34, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$168. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$450. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.28, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$63 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$680. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.30, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.55, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$7.05, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$42.31. 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$690. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.21, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$33,850. Amman is 37.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 26% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 16.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Amman for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Amman) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Amman is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Amman? Register subscribe to your home location and Amman and run your personalised reports.