Monday, September 19, 2011

Moving to Atlanta


Today we look at moving to Atlanta in USA from Kampala in Uganda. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.

In Atlanta people speak English. In Kampala people speak English (official), Swahili (official), Luganda as well as various Bantu and Nilotic languages.
Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the state of Georgia. Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda. Atlanta ranks third in the number of Fortune 500 companies, behind New York City, and Houston. Several major national and international companies are headquartered in Atlanta or its nearby suburbs. Atlanta is considered to be one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Kampala is the economic hub of Uganda and is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning.
The overall cost of living rank in Atlanta is 226 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Kampala to Atlanta will experience a change in cost of living of 29.5%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Atlanta is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Kampala with a hardship index of 30% which is a high degree of hardship location.

Source: Cost of Living Atlanta USA as at July 2011.