San Salvador

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
36/263
Details
Large apartment$781.55
Medium apartment$580.64
Rent index [score]0.97
Small apartment$379.73

Cost of Living

8
55/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.90
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$1.40
A kilogram of Apples$2.90
Bread$0.43
Inflation [score]0.80
Lunch$6.70
Monthly fitness club membership$33.00
Monthly public transport$25.00
Movie ticket$4.40
Price of a meal at a restaurant$34.31

Startups

2
242/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.15
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.10
Meetups groups3
Meetups members213
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1
Startup climate scene [score]0.29
Startup events1
Startups [score]0.26
Total number of startups4

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
245/260
Details
Airport hub32
Airport hub [score]0.21

Commute

6
37/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.83

Business Freedom

5
223/259
Details
Business freedom56.00
Business freedom [score]0.27
Freedom from corruption39.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.30
Lack of labor restrictions52.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.32
Time to open a business15.50
Time to open a business [score]0.83

Safety

5
219/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.10
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year27
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.27
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.62

Healthcare

6
214/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.79
Healthcare quality [score]0.47
Life expectancy (years)73.52
Life expectancy [score]0.41

Education

N/A
Details

Environmental Quality

1
261/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.10
Cleanliness [score]0.12
Drinking water quality [score]0.13
Urban greenery [score]0.23

Economy

3
242/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.39
GDP per capita$8020.62
GDP per capita [score]0.15

Taxation

6
87/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.64
Income tax level [score]0.48
Profit tax (% of profit)0.39
Time overhead to file company taxes248
VAT (Sales Tax)0.13

Internet Access

2
239/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)4.79
Internet access (download) [score]0.10
Internet access (upload) [score]0.36
Upload speed (Mbps)7.57

Leisure & Culture

5
178/263
Details
Art galleries53
Art galleries [score]0.60
Cinemas47
Cinemas [score]0.56
Comedy clubs9
Comedy clubs [score]0.57
Concert venues78
Concerts [score]0.47
Historical sites32
Historical sites [score]0.61
Museums30
Museums [score]0.37
Performing art venues51
Performing arts [score]0.44
Sport venues37
Sports [score]0.54
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.61

Tolerance

5
217/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.34
LGBT Equality Index51.82
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.52
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rightsAmbiguous
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.47

Outdoors

2
225/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.32
Median peak in meters772.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)653.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in San Salvador are in the 55th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to San Salvador will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$569$994
$782
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$33
Movie ticket$4
Broadband internet connection$48
Monthly public transport$25
Lunch$7
-55%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in San Salvador are very low. For this job type, San Salvador ranks 250th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in San Salvador.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$9,342
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.80
Guns per 100 people
26.77
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts San Salvador in position 260 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical Savanna

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in San Salvador

San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador, approximately in the center of the country in a valley near the base of the San Salvador volcano. The city has a long history, with origins dating back to the Spanish conquest of the Pipil tribes.

San Salvador lies in the "Valle de las Hamacas" (literally "Valley of the hammocks", as it was called by the Pipil, due to its intense earthquake activity) at the foot of the San Salvador volcano. It covers an area of 600 square km and is home to nearly 2 million people. It is home to one-third of El Salvador's population and one-half of the country's wealth. The downtown area is filled with shops and modern buildings, but unfortunately earthquakes have damaged or destroyed many of the city's historic buildings.

The people of San Salvador are generally friendly, though as in any large city, less inclined to engage in conversations with strangers on the street as opposed to other parts of the country. The wealthy live in exclusive suburbs behind tall security walls or luxury condominium buildings. Wealthier areas such as San Benito, Colonia Escalon, Colonia San Francisco, Colonia Maquilishuat, Santa Elena (where the US embassy is located) and Ciudad Merliot have tree-lined avenues, the biggest malls in Central America, bars, clubs, gyms, restaurants, luxury hotels, modern high-rise buildings, plazas, boutiques, cafes, luxury salons, jewelry stores, etc. Some of these neighborhoods are located in the hills surrounding the city and have breathtaking views. A number of new gated housing communities complete with parks, swimming pools, fitness facilities and tight security are popular with middle class families. Most of the city's hotels can be found in these suburbs.

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