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Living in Kingston

Kingston is the capital of Jamaica, and is the largest city in the country. It is also known by its motto, ‘a city which hath foundations’. As a predominantly English speaking city, Kingston is an attractive city for expatriates. Since it is also the economic center of Jamaica, Kingston is a great source of employment as well as for entertainment and culture. There are many attractions for expats living in Kingston to explore, including the Holy Trinity Cathedral and for music fans, the Bob Marley Museum, which is an essential place to visit for fans of the legend. Made up of two areas, Downtown and New Kingston, Kingston is a thriving city which has plenty to see and do, as well as an excellent climate.

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Moving to Kingston

Expats moving to Kingston will be able to benefit from a range of housing options, although they may want to consider living outside of the city as crime rates can vary within the city itself. There are a number of excellent schools in Kingston which is ideal for expatriates looking to move to Kingston who have families. Getting around is easy thanks to the city’s extensive bus network, however, it is important to note that trains no longer operate in Kingston. There are also two airports in Kingston; Norman Manley International and Tinson Pen Aerodrome which allow both international and domestic travel. Any expatriate moving to Kingston should therefore have no problem getting there. The climate in Kingston is generally considered to be mild, with a long dry season between December and April and a ‘wet season’ that spans the rest of the year, although temperatures are still warm during this time. Kingston is also susceptible to hurricanes during this time. Expats moving to Kingston may be able to find more information about the city as well as seek advice on relocating to the area by signing up to InterNations online community, which will put you in touch with fellow expats from over 190 nations who may be able to give you real advice about moving to the city.

Working in Kingston

As Kingston is the main economic center of Jamaica, expats working in Kingston will find that there are a wide range of industries present in the area. Most of the country’s government offices are located in the city, as are a number of financial institutions and other major businesses. The cost of living in Kingston is high compared to other parts of Jamaica, but is considered average when compared to other capital cities in the world. Housing and education are listed amongst the expenditure considered the most expensive in the city. For more information about working in Kingston, how to source work and for answers to questions regarding for example wages, expatriates looking to work in Kingston should join InterNations where they will be able to interact with fellow expats and seek necessary information and advice.

Jacques Paillard

"I always like the concept of connecting global minds and the approach of this site is just what I was looking for."

Olivia Mullins

"Expat fellows on InterNations helped us find a reliable nanny for our three kids. That was very important for us to feel comfortable here in Jamaica."