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Philippines EXPAT STATISTICS AND QUICK FACTS

QUICK FACTS

Philippines
FactsCapital CityManila
FactsPopulation Size110,705,000
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country300,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)27
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Fri, 02/2355.93 PHP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)85
FactsSafest CityDavao
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)133
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$1,485
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost36%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$6
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)$607
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Dumagette- $967/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking60
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,428 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$42
HealthNumber of Hospitals1,295
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People7.8
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)78
LifeMain LanguagesTagalog and English
LifeEnglish Speak %58.20%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)23
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)27 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory III- 44 weeks (1100 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMakati

COST STATISTICS

Philippines
FactsCapital CityManila
FactsPopulation Size110,705,000
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country300,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)27
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Fri, 02/2355.93 PHP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)85
FactsSafest CityDavao
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)133
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$1,485
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost36%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$6
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)$607
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Dumagette- $967/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking60
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,428 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$42
HealthNumber of Hospitals1,295
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People7.8
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)78
LifeMain LanguagesTagalog and English
LifeEnglish Speak %58.20%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)23
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)27 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory III- 44 weeks (1100 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMakati

HEALTHCARE STATISTICS

Philippines
FactsCapital CityManila
FactsPopulation Size110,705,000
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country300,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)27
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Fri, 02/2355.93 PHP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)85
FactsSafest CityDavao
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)133
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$1,485
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost36%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$6
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)$607
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Dumagette- $967/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking60
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,428 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$42
HealthNumber of Hospitals1,295
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People7.8
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)78
LifeMain LanguagesTagalog and English
LifeEnglish Speak %58.20%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)23
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)27 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory III- 44 weeks (1100 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMakati

QUALITY OF LIFE

Philippines
FactsCapital CityManila
FactsPopulation Size110,705,000
Facts# US Citizens Living In Country300,000
FactsRetirement Ranking (Out of 85)27
FactsExchange Rate of $1 USD as of Fri, 02/2355.93 PHP
FactsSafety Score (Out of 100)85
FactsSafest CityDavao
CostsCapital City Cost of Living Ranking (Out of 227 cities)133
CostsMonthly Budget Upper-Middle Class(1-person Capital city)$1,485
CostsHousing As % of Monthly Cost36%
CostsCost of A Movie Ticket (Capital City)$6
CostsCost of A Beer (Captial City)$1
CostsAverage Monthly Salary (USD)$607
CostsCheapest City (Single Person Upper Middle Class)Dumagette- $967/mo
HealthHealthcare System Ranking60
HealthAverage Cost of Health Insurance (Single Person)$4,428 per year
HealthAverage Cost of One Night In The Hospital$42
HealthNumber of Hospitals1,295
HealthDrinkable Tap WaterNot Safe To Drink
HealthNumber of Doctors Per 10000 People7.8
HealthAir Pollution LevelModerate (Exceeds Guidelines by 2-3X)
LifeQuality of Life Ranking (Out of 84)78
LifeMain LanguagesTagalog and English
LifeEnglish Speak %58.20%
LifeEnglish Ranking (Out of 111 countries)23
LifeTraffic (Time To Drive ~6 miles/10 Km)27 minutes
LifeLanguage DifficultyCategory III- 44 weeks (1100 class hours)
LifePublic Holidays18
City With The Most ExpatsMakati

ARCHIVES OF ALL PHILIPPINE GUIDES

2024 Philippines Online Annual Reporting Requirement Guide for Expats
Expat Life in the Philippines: An American Expat’s Pros and Cons
Foreigner’s Guide To Prenuptial Agreements in the Philippines- Protecting Your Money
A Comprehensive Guide To Philippines Health Insurance For Expats
24 Facts About Healthcare In The Philippines Every Expat Must Know
How Do I Send Money to the Philippines? My Remittance Rundown
Best Places To Live In Manila- An Expat Guide To Metro Neighborhoods
An Expat Guide On Where To Eat In Manila [Best Restaurants and Groceries]
Can Foreigners Buy Property In The Philippines? [Options, Tips, Laws]
What To Do If You Overstay in the Philippines? Penalties, Blacklists, Extensions
How-To Get A Philippines Visa Extension [2023]: Guide, Fees, Requirements
How to Get An NBI Clearance in the Philippines: Expat Visa Background Check
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