Thursday, September 29, 2011

Moving to Harare

Today we look at moving to Harare in Zimbabwe from St Louis in USA. 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 Harare people speak English (official), Shona and Sindebele. In St Louis people speak English.
Harare is the capital of Zimbabwe and largest city and its administrative, commercial, and communications centre. St. Louis is an independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city is the principal municipality of Greater St. Louis which is the largest urban area in Missouri and 16th-largest in the United States. Harare is a trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactures include textiles, steel, and chemicals, and gold is mined in the area. St. Louis has 8 Fortune 500 companies. During the late 20th and early 21th century several corporate pillars left the city. The greater St Louis region is known as an academic and corporate center for the biomedical sciences, has built up a formidable health care industry and is home to some of the country's largest privately held corporations.

The overall cost of living rank in Harare is 271 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with low cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from St Louis to Harare will experience a change in cost of living of -3.4%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Harare is ranked as an extreme hardship location with a hardship index of 40% compared to St Louis with a hardship index of 10% which is a minimal hardship location.
Source: Harare Cost of Living as at July 2011.

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