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Johor Bahru, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 13, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Johor Bahru, Malaysia is 1.6 million people. People describe Johor Bahru as a vibrant city with a mix of modern and traditional cultures. Expats love the city's diverse culture, friendly locals, and affordable cost of living. The weather in Johor Bahru is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 75-95°F (24-35°C). The average cost of living for an expat is relatively low. A one bedroom apartment can cost around $400-$600 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $600-$800 USD per month.

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

"Before retiring in Johor Bahru, expats should research the cost of living and the availability of healthcare services. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. Additionally, expats should consider the climate and the type of housing available in the area. Finally, it is important to research the visa and residency requirements for expats in Malaysia," remarked one expat who made the move to Johor Bahru.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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