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Old 01-04-2018, 10:18 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Cheaper but better?....I don't think so. Columbia still has a murder rate 5 times higher than the US and the lifespan is 5 years less then US. Otherwise, it's a nice country provided you don't have to earn your income there....you can certainly live very cheaply there but you could also live cheaply in Peru which is safer.
I agree, I wouldnt want to be making an income there. I do think it's an attractive option if you are working for an American company, or if you're a day trader. Peru has a different culture than Colombia, and while I haven't been to Colombia yet, it seems to be a different flavor from Peru
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:48 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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Wow Gold Coast has a really good cost of living for Aussie standards! I could so see myself living there
I'll be going to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games so will be getting a feel for the cost of living while I'm there.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Wow Gold Coast has a really good cost of living for Aussie standards! I could so see myself living there
Its cheap for a reason, not much of an ecomony outside the beach and tourism. Though you will still need a good pile of money to live anywhere near the beach or a canal estate.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Its cheap for a reason, not much of an ecomony outside the beach and tourism. Though you will still need a good pile of money to live anywhere near the beach or a canal estate.
Queensland has so much coastline, certainly you could find something relatively reasonable not too far from a smaller city.
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:42 AM
 
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Queensland has so much coastline, certainly you could find something relatively reasonable not too far from a smaller city.
Absolutely. In a lot of ways, the income/cost of living trade off is better in regional centres and larger towns throughout Australia, and add in fewer commuting issues, larger housing lots if you want that, and more relaxed pace of life. With university education on line, you don't even need to move to get a top notch education. But of course, people tend to congregate in cities for a reason...amenities, entertainment, easier access to specialist healthcare...
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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You can't always trust that sort of statistic, especially when comparing between different countries, and moreso when these countries have different economic situations. You don't really believe that Haiti or Belize are safer than the US, right?
it's just the % of people on every country who answered affirmatively to a very basic question?: "have you been victim of a crime in the past 12 months?"

some countries or areas might have a high homicide rate than others for different reasons, but it doesn't mean they must have higher street crime rates too. Common crime and drug cartel crime are different phenomena.


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Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru are all known to be the safer Latin American countries and have better police than somewhere like Mexico or Honduras
According to whom? For one, anyone knows Chile is safer than Argentina.

Rosario and Santa Fe in Argentina had high homicide rates not long ago, for a while, Santa Fe had higher homicide rate than Medellín and many other Colombian cities.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Not all global items are priced the same in different markets....the Mercedes example is a good one.....in Australia a German luxury car is much more expensive than the US (even when considering exchange rates) because of additional taxes.
... And in Brazil an iPhone is more expensive than in Finland, though the latter country has much higher salaries.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:18 AM
 
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cities in new zealand are incredibly unaffordable relative to wages
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:50 AM
 
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Rosario and Santa Fe in Argentina had high homicide rates not long ago, for a while, Santa Fe had higher homicide rate than Medellín and many other Colombian cities.
Was this because of gang activity or were there some other reason behind this?
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:14 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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it's just the % of people on every country who answered affirmatively to a very basic question?: "have you been victim of a crime in the past 12 months?"

some countries or areas might have a high homicide rate than others for different reasons, but it doesn't mean they must have higher street crime rates too. Common crime and drug cartel crime are different phenomena.


According to whom? For one, anyone knows Chile is safer than Argentina.

Rosario and Santa Fe in Argentina had high homicide rates not long ago, for a while, Santa Fe had higher homicide rate than Medellín and many other Colombian cities.
It just seems a very sketchy list all around. Including having Jamaica as the top country, when Jamaica has tons of problems with violence. "Crime" could be anything, it's a very broad definition. Peru for example has a huge problem with pickpockets. If someone swipes something from your pocket, yeah that's a crime. Just a different crime from murder or burglary or assault. When it comes to pickpocketing, Honduras or Jamaica may well be safer than Ecuador or Peru, but at least you can walk around in most places in Ecuador or Peru knowing that your body won't be on the news the next day. Also countries with lots of gang problems sometimes have gangs spilling into the justice system itself. In Peru if a crime happens you can easily go to the police and report it, in Honduras this might be like a death sentence...


I agree about Chile btw, Chile is underrated when it comes to safety. Not only is it safer than Argentina, but it's the safest country in all of Latin America and the second safest country overall in the Americas (only behind Canada). Very impressive. Chile should be a model for the rest of the continent, including the US itself
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