Saturday, September 3, 2011

Moving to San Juan

Today we look at moving to San Juan in Puerto Rico from Karachi  in Pakistan. 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 San Juan people speak Spanish and English (both official). In Karachi  people speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi.

San Juan is the capital and largest municipality in Puerto Rico. Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the financial capital of Pakistan. San Juan is one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. Karachi is Pakistan's premier centre of banking, industry, and trade. Karachi is also home to Pakistan's largest corporations, including those that are involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research.

The overall cost of living rank in San Juan is 141 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with middle cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Karachi  to San Juan will experience a change in cost of living of 36.6%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, San Juan is ranked as a high degree of hardship location with a hardship index of 30% compared to Karachi  with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living San Juan, Puerto Rico as at July 2011.