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Kazakhstan, All Areas

Kazakhstan, All Areas

Cost of living in Kazakhstan, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at January 2020.

What is it like to live in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is in Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural (Zhayyq) River in eastern-most Europe.

The climate is continental with cold winters and hot summers. It is arid and semi arid.

The official language is Russian. It is the language used in business. The use of even basic phrases in the Kazakh language by a foreigner is likely to be appreciated. The Cyrillic alphabet is commonly used for public notices such as road signs and street names. English is not widely spoken fluently, but a rapidly increasing number of people have a basic grasp of the language. Interpreters can be hired locally.

The main religions are Islam and Christianity.

The economy of Kazakhstan is the largest economy in Central Asia. It possesses enormous fossil fuel reserves as well as minerals and metals. It also has considerable agricultural potential with its vast steppe lands accommodating both livestock and grain production, as well as developed space infrastructure, which took over all launches to the International Space Station from the Space Shuttle. Energy is the leading economic sector which includes the production of crude oil and natural gas condensate.

The dress code is usually conservative, however during the hot summer months, men often remove jackets and ties. Women may be required to wear headscarves in rural areas, which tend to be more conservative. The safety risk for expatriates in Kazakhstan is medium. Risks include petty crime, particularly in Almaty, Aktau and Atyrau, terrorism (typically targeted at government buildings rather than expatriates), and traffic accidents. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour.

The currency of Kazakhstan is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT).

Health care facilities are not generally comparable to those of Western Europe and North America. Haemorrhagic fever and lead pollution has been reported.

The population is 18 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.4% for Kazakhstan as at November 2019.

The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Kazakhstan is based on the current personal income tax rate which is a flat rate of 10%.

Within Kazakhstan we also cover Almaty.

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What is the cost of living in Kazakhstan?

The cost of living for expatriates in Kazakhstan as at January 2020 is very low in comparison to other places in the world. 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 Kazakhstan is as follows:
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$560. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$6.67, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$0.81, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$1.57 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$1.34.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$970. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$49, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$74, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$86 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$37.
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$82. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$11, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 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$16800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$10,823 for Primary School, and USD$12,044 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$2575. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$773, and USD$664 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$490. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.52, 1 kg oranges USD$1.98, 1 head lettuce USD$1.18, 1 kg potatos USD$0.51, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.16, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$6.90, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.14, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.33, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.96, and 1.5 L water USD$0.60.
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$530. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$43, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,315.
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$1450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,662 in a central location, and USD$982 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$285. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.58, while an international newspaper is USD$1.72.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$270. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$22, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$109.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$260. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$5.01, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$54 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$410. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.25, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.61, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.50, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$33.36.
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$390. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.42, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$16,680.

How does the cost of living in Kazakhstan compare?

Kazakhstan is -34% cheaper than USA for groceries, -46.8% cheaper for household costs than UK, and -1.1% cheaper for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Kazakhstan?

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

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