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Living in Cameroon

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 07, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Cameroon is 24.2 million people. The largest cities in Cameroon are Douala, Yaoundé, Garoua, Maroua, and Bafoussam. Expats love living in Cameroon for its diverse culture, friendly people, and beautiful landscapes. People describe life in Cameroon as vibrant and full of life. Popular foods in Cameroon include plantains, cassava, yams, and fufu. Popular meats include beef, chicken, and fish. The cons of living in Cameroon include a lack of infrastructure, high crime rates, and a lack of access to basic services. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month. This includes rent, food, transportation, and other basic necessities.

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What do I need to know about living in Cameroon?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cameroon, they said:

"1. Expats should research the cost of living in Cameroon before retiring there, as it can vary significantly depending on the city and lifestyle. 2. It is important to understand the local laws and regulations, as well as the cultural norms, before retiring in Cameroon. 3. Expats should also consider the availability of healthcare and medical facilities in the area they plan to retire in. 4. It is important to research the availability of banking and financial services, as well as the local currency exchange rate. 5. Expats should also consider the availability of transportation, as well as the safety of the area they plan to retire in. 6. It is important to research the availability of housing and rental options, as well as the cost of living in the area. 7. Expats should also consider the availability of leisure activities and entertainment options in the area they plan to retire in," said one expat in Cameroon.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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