Uruguay: “More First World than the U.S.”

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InternationalLiving.com reports on how Uruguay’s standard of living is outstripping the U.S.

The standard of living among expats in Uruguay is above and beyond what the average citizen enjoys in the U.S., according to the live-abroad experts at InternationalLiving.com.

Journalists carrying out research in Uruguay on behalf of InternationalLiving.com found high-quality real estate at prices lower than in the U.S., low taxes, a varied climate, and excellent and very affordable healthcare in modern hospitals.

Their findings were echoed by U.S. and other expats living in Uruguay who say the country offers the best quality of life in Latin America. They also say Uruguayans are overwhelmingly welcoming to foreign residents.

“Uruguayans are very tolerant and inclusive,” said one American living there. “There really isn’t a class distinction here…and that adds to my quality of life.”

Coastal locations such as Costa del Oro, Piriapolis and Punta del Este are proving particularly popular with expats.

“Punta del Este is one of the best places in the world,” said Bill Tickle, a British expat who retired to the shoreline town with his wife in 2010.

“There’s a real sense of optimism here. People are working, they’re getting ahead. You can wear your best jewelry and drive an expensive car and have no fear of robbery.”

According to InternationalLiving.com’s writer Suzan Haskins, Uruguay’s high standard of living comes with a moderate price tag, often below what residents can expect to pay in the U.S. for a comparable lifestyle.

“Uruguay has a definite European influence, and in many ways, it feels more first world than the U.S. It works – roads are good and well-maintained, internet access is reliable, you can drink the tap water and health care is excellent. While expats in Uruguay say living there is not rock-bottom cheap, they also say they wouldn’t consider living anywhere else,” she said.

“Savings can be quite large on big-ticket items like health insurance and property taxes,” Haskins continued. “If you own your own home or apartment and don’t have car-related costs, you can live comfortably in a place like Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, on $2,000-$4,000 a month.”

The findings are detailed in the cover story of the just-released May issue of International Living magazine.

InternationalLiving.com’s article can be read here: “http:// Move to Uruguay for the Best Quality of Life in Latin America”.

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