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Atyrau, Kazakhstan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Atyrau, Kazakhstan is around 200,000 people. People describe Atyrau as a modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's friendly people, its proximity to the Caspian Sea, and its vibrant nightlife. The weather in Atyrau is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average low of -2°F in January to an average high of 86°F in July. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $600 per month.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Atyrau?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Atyrau responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Atyrau, often like the low cost of living, which allows them to save money and enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. They also appreciate the friendly and hospitable locals, who are generally welcoming to foreigners. The city's unique blend of cultures, with both European and Asian influences, provides an interesting and diverse environment to explore. Additionally, Atyrau's location near the Caspian Sea and the Ural River offers opportunities for outdoor activities and scenic views. On the other hand, expats and digital nomads may dislike the limited entertainment options and nightlife in Atyrau, as the city is relatively small and not as cosmopolitan as other destinations. The language barrier can also be a challenge, as English is not widely spoken, making it difficult to communicate and navigate daily life. The harsh climate, with extremely cold winters and hot summers, can be uncomfortable for those not used to such conditions. Furthermore, air pollution and limited public transportation options can make getting around the city challenging. Lastly, the lack of a strong expat community may make it difficult for some to build a social network and feel connected to others in a similar situation," remarked one expat in Atyrau.

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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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