InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with close to 4 million members, recently released its Expat City Ranking 2021 report.  It is based on the yearly Expat Insider survey, which is arguably the most extensive survey on life and work abroad. 12,420 expats participated in the survey and ranked Nairobi as 12th out of 57 in the Expat City Ranking 2021, placing our city as the highest out of the African cities included in the survey.  Nairobi ranked in the Getting Settled Index 4 in five expats in Nairobi (78%) describe the local residents as generally friendly (vs. 69% globally), and 62% find it easy to make new friends (vs. 48% globally). 74% of Nairobi expats are happy with their social life, 17 percentage points more than the global average of 57%. Nairobi performed especially well among the global top 10 in the Finance & Housing Index (6th). 82% of expats said they had an easy time finding housing compared to 60% globally.  Close to half of the respondents (49%) said they find housing affordable (vs. 42% globally). On the downside, Nairobi is in the bottom 10 in the Quality of Urban Living Index (50th). The availability (48th) and quality of medical care (50th) are particular lowlights. In addition, 55% are unhappy with the public transportation system (vs. 20% globally). What’s your fave and worst thing about Nairobi? *Source

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Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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