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Saipan, the United States

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Saipan, United States: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Saipan?

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"Aside from what I said above, we use my husband's Blue Cross insurance with no trouble. It costs the same as elsewhere, being a benefit of his federal job (he transferred here). Our copays are the same as in Hawaii," remarked another expat in Saipan.

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What do I need to know about living in Saipan?

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

"Bring a job with you if at all possible (online work). Or secure employment before you arrive. Be prepared for heat and humidity, feral dogs and chickens, limited shopping (bring your favorite mascara with you!). Bring a camera, learn to snorkel, keep enough money for plane tickets set aside all the time, in case you need to go elsewhere for medical care or to buy mascara. Be prepared for isolation. We are very far from anywhere else. But it is beautiful, the people are lovely, and it is a worthwhile adventure to live here," added another person living in Saipan.

How do I meet people in Saipan?

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When we asked people living in Saipan about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Attending a church is a good way to meet people. Canoe clubs are popular, as are the local CrossFit gyms. Diving is big. The local school systems need volunteers, so this would be a way to meet and help people," said another person in Saipan.

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Will I be able to find a job in Saipan?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Saipan, they reponded:

"Tourism is the main industry on this tiny island country. Wages are low, even for skilled workers. Today I saw a classified ad wanting to hire a full-time dive shop manager fluent in Russian and English, able to work on all kinds of machinery, And the salary offered was $1200/month. Facebook, incredibly, is where much housing/job information can be found that you would normally expect to find on Craigslist," said another expat in Saipan.

What is life like in Saipan?

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When we asked people living in Saipan what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"To local people, family is the priority. Family gatherings and celebrations are frequent. Soccer is very popular for all ages," said another expat in Saipan.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Saipan accepting of differences?

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"Local people in Saipan are nearly all Catholic. There are large populations of various Asian peoples as well as the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinians. Not many Americans. The culture is very friendly and accepting, but people's private lives are very private, so the acceptance is on a surface level according to our experience so far. The people are lovely," added another person living in Saipan.

About the Author

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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