Last updated on Jun 25, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Davao, Philippines is 1.6 million people. People describe Davao as a vibrant and bustling city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love living in Davao for its friendly locals, affordable cost of living, and its tropical climate. The weather in Davao is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Davao for an expat is around $1,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $600 USD per month.
What do I need to know about living in Davao?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Davao, they said:
"Before retiring in Davao, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in other parts of the country. They should also research the local culture and customs, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. Additionally, expats should be aware of the local climate, which is generally hot and humid year-round. Finally, expats should research the local job market and the availability of recreational activities in the area," explained one expat living in Davao, Philippines.
"The best is to have some work over internet from outside the country. It is more an investment country over here than a job finding country," said one expat in Davao.
What do I need to know before moving to Davao?
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