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COLOMBIA EXPAT STATISTICS AND QUICK FACTS

QUICK FACTS

Colombia
FactsCapital CityBogotá
FactsPopulation Size52,215,503
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country171,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)56
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Sat, 02/243925.16 COP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)62
FactsSafest CityMedellín
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)214
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$955
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost41%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$5
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1.03
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)913 USD$
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Manizales - $ 949.52/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking22
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,824 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$87
HealthNumber of Hospitals10899
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People23.62
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)71
LifeMain LanguagesSpanish
LifeEnglish Speak %4.22%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)77
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)26 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory I- 24-30 weeks (600-750 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMedellín

COST STATISTICS

Colombia
FactsCapital CityBogotá
FactsPopulation Size52,215,503
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country171,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)56
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Sat, 02/243925.16 COP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)62
FactsSafest CityMedellín
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)214
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$955
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost41%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$5
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1.03
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)913 USD$
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Manizales - $ 949.52/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking22
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,824 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$87
HealthNumber of Hospitals10899
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People23.62
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)71
LifeMain LanguagesSpanish
LifeEnglish Speak %4.22%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)77
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)26 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory I- 24-30 weeks (600-750 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMedellín

HEALTHCARE STATISTICS

Colombia
FactsCapital CityBogotá
FactsPopulation Size52,215,503
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country171,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)56
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Sat, 02/243925.16 COP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)62
FactsSafest CityMedellín
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)214
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$955
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost41%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$5
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1.03
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)913 USD$
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Manizales - $ 949.52/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking22
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,824 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$87
HealthNumber of Hospitals10899
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People23.62
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)71
LifeMain LanguagesSpanish
LifeEnglish Speak %4.22%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)77
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)26 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory I- 24-30 weeks (600-750 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMedellín

QUALITY OF LIFE

Colombia
FactsCapital CityBogotá
FactsPopulation Size52,215,503
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country171,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)56
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Sat, 02/243925.16 COP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)62
FactsSafest CityMedellín
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)214
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$955
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost41%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$5
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1.03
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)913 USD$
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Manizales - $ 949.52/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking22
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,824 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$87
HealthNumber of Hospitals10899
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People23.62
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)71
LifeMain LanguagesSpanish
LifeEnglish Speak %4.22%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)77
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)26 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory I- 24-30 weeks (600-750 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMedellín

ARCHIVES OF ALL COLOMBIA GUIDES

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How To Get Health Insurance In Colombia As A Foreigner
Expat Guide To Medellin Nightlife: Best Clubs, Party Areas, Bars, and Dancing
The Best Medellin Salsa Clubs [2023]
The Complete Expat Guide On How To Buy A Car in Colombia
How To Apply For A Colombia Tourist Visa [2023]
The Top 26 Reasons Why You Must Visit Colombia [2023]
The 5 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Medellin Colombia As An Expat [2023]
20 Facts About Healthcare In Colombia Every Expat Must Know
The Expat Guide To Colombian Health Insurance Plans: EPS, Private, Global
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