Kingstown is the chief port of Saint Vincent, and the capital of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Kingstown is a centre for the island's agricultural industry and a port of entry for tourists. Exports include bananas, coconuts, and arrowroot. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. The climate is tropical with little seasonal temperature variation. The official language is English. An English-based Vincentian dialect is also extensively spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is largely based on agriculture which is dominated by banana production. The services sector, based mostly on a growing tourist industry, is also important. Expatriate business dress is relatively casual in the form of a short or long-sleeved shirt and tie for men and business suits for women. The security risk for expatriates in St. Vincent & the Grenadines is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime. Other risks include hurricanes and tropical storms. The currency of St. Vincent & the Grenadines is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). Medical facilities are generally below international standards and can be expensive. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is endemic. The population of Kingstown is 16,500 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.9% for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as at April 2017. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is progressive up to 40%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Kingstown, 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): Kingstown 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: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: High Kingstown is for example 83.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 89.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 33% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Kingstown for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Kingstown) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Kingstown is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Kingstown? Register subscribe to your home location and Kingstown and run your personalised reports.