Friday, September 23, 2011

Moving to Denver

Today we look at moving to Denver in USA from Montevideo in Uruguay. 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 Denver people speak English. In Montevideo people speak Spanish, Portunol or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix).

The City and County of Denver is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Colorado. Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. Denver's economy is based partially on its geographic position and its connection to some of the major transportation systems of the country. Because Denver is the largest city within 1,000 km, it has become a natural location for storage and distribution of goods and services to the Mountain States. Montevideo is the economic hub of Uruguay and is home to approximately one third of the population.
The overall cost of living rank in Denver is 218 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Montevideo to Denver will experience a change in cost of living of -12.7%.

In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Denver is ranked as a minimal hardship location with a hardship index of 10% compared to Montevideo with a hardship index of 20% which is a some hardship location.

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