Montserrat is located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. The climate is tropical with little daily or seasonal temperature variation. The official language is English. It spoken with a strong Montserratian accent. The main religion is Christianity. Since the devastations of Hurricane Hugo and the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano, the Montserratian economy has been effectively halted. Expatriate business dress is formal and lightweight suits are recommended. The security risk for expatriates in Montserrat is low. Risks include low levels of opportunistic petty crime, and frequent volcanic and seismic activity. The currency of Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Montserrat is largely a cash based economy, very few shops, hotels or restaurants accept credit cards. US Dollars are widely accepted. There are limited but modern banking facilities. Medical facilities are limited. Complex medical cases generally require evacuation. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. Airborne dust, volcanic ash and gases can affect people with asthma or other respiratory problems. The population of Montserrat is 4,900 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.5% for Montserrat as at 2017. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Montserrat is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Montserrat, 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): Montserrat as at 1 October 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: High Montserrat is for example 29.5% more expensive than USA for groceries, 46.9% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 119.1% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Montserrat for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Montserrat) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Montserrat is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Montserrat? Register subscribe to your home location and Montserrat and run your personalised reports.