Castries is the capital city of Saint Lucia. Castries houses the government and head offices of many businesses both foreign and local. It also has a sheltered harbour which receives cargo vessels and ferry boats as well as cruise ships. Saint Lucia is an island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. The climate is tropical moderated by northeast trade winds with a dry season January to April, and a rainy season May to August. The official language is English. French-based patois is also spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Saint Lucia depends primarily on tourism, banana production, and light manufacturing. Expatriate business dress in St Lucia is relatively formal requiring a short or long-sleeved shirt and tie for men, and a suit or a dress for women. The security risk for expatriates in Saint Lucia is low. Risks include petty street crime, violent crime, and murder. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of Saint Lucia is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Medical facilities are limited. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever is endemic. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of Castries is 70,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -1.7% for Saint Lucia as at December 2016. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Saint Lucia 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 Castries, 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): Castries as at 1 October 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Average Castries is for example 75.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 53.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 35.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Castries for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Castries) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Castries is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Castries? Register subscribe to your home location and Castries and run your personalised reports.