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Kingston, Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Kingston, Jamaica is 937,700. People describe Kingston as a vibrant, bustling city with a unique culture and a rich history. Expats love the friendly people, the beautiful beaches, the great food, and the vibrant nightlife. The weather in Kingston is typically warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Kingston for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $800 to $1,200 USD per month.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Kingston?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Kingston responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Kingston, often like the vibrant culture, friendly locals, and lively music scene. They appreciate the beautiful natural surroundings, including the nearby Blue Mountains and stunning beaches. The affordable cost of living, delicious local cuisine, and relatively stable internet connectivity are also attractive features for digital nomads. On the other hand, expats and digital nomads may dislike the high crime rate and safety concerns in certain areas of Kingston. They might also find the public transportation system to be unreliable and chaotic. The hot and humid climate can be uncomfortable for some, and the limited availability of coworking spaces may pose challenges for digital nomads. Additionally, the slow pace of life and bureaucratic processes can be frustrating for those accustomed to more efficient systems," explained one expat in Kingston.

"Life as an expat was expensive in Jamaica but worth living due to local people, music, food, nature. Working was a challenge due to mentality of people. But at the end everything worked out well . It is a matter of trust!!! I would definitely like to go back even to live for some time. I have also lived in the Bahamas for 4 years before Jamaica. Beautiful place but the people are not that nice towards the expats. Also expensive and all services were over estimated," said one expat in Kingston.

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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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