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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Singapore, Singapore is 5.6 million people. People often describe Singapore as a vibrant, modern city with a diverse culture and a strong economy. Expats love living in Singapore for its excellent infrastructure, efficient public transportation, and its safe and clean environment. The weather in Singapore is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit (24-32 degrees Celsius). The average cost of living in Singapore for an expat is around $3,000-$4,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $3,000-$4,000 USD per month.

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

"Try to negotiate a good expat package here - including generous housing, medical and school fees. These items are all exensive and can make the difference between making the posting worthwhile financially. Once you're here, try to live below your means. It's easy to live the high life and there's lots to spend your money on. Many expats leave with nothing to show for the time they spent here," wrote one member in Singapore.

"Before retiring in Singapore, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally higher than in many other countries. It is important to research the different types of visas available and the associated requirements, as well as the taxation system. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the healthcare system and the availability of medical insurance. It is also important to consider the cultural differences between Singapore and the expat's home country, and to research the different neighborhoods and areas to find the best fit for their lifestyle. Finally, expats should be aware of the language barrier, as English is the main language spoken in Singapore, but other languages are also spoken," remarked one expat who made the move to Singapore.

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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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