#41 Quito, Ecuador
Population: Just over 1,600,000
Average Annual Temp: 66°F
Quito, Ecuador seemingly crowns the top of the world at 9,350 feet. The sophisticated modern city is the highest official capital city in the world. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito offers dramatic ancient environs alongside upscale business districts and impeccable mountain vistas.
Quito’s large expat community enjoys many attractive Ecuadorian tax and other incentives. Medical facilities offer excellent care and treatment is inexpensive. The cost of living is much less expensive than in the U.S. And the U.S. Dollar is the official currency. Quito’s new Mariscal Sucre International Airport provides superlative access. Modern public transportation options and multi-use paths make it easy and inexpensive to get around the city. Quito’s moderate Andean temperatures make it an ideal location for expats who appreciate a cooler climate, a unique blend of culture and heritage, and a healthy lifestyle.
Real estate prices range from very inexpensive to a bit pricey for prime upper-class residential properties on the outskirts of Quito. Even so, property prices are a real bargain and property taxes are very low. Choices are unlimited.