Living in Saipan: Cost of Living, Culture, and Things to Do

June 6th, 2018 by

The largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan offers residents and visitors miles upon miles of incredible shoreline, views of beautiful mountainous geological formations, and a variety of lively cultural activities. So what is living on Saipan actually like? Get a better idea of daily life on the island with this guide from your Chalan Kanoa area auto dealership in Saipan.

Saipan Nature

From picturesque beaches to mountains and parks, Saipan offers a tremendous array of outdoor activities, including highlights such as:

Here at Triple J Saipan we’re always looking for new things to do on Saipan! Check out our guides to this island’s premier golf courses and diving sites, or let us help you plan a trip to the Northern Marina Islands.

Saipan Population

There are around 50,000 people on the island of Saipan, with residents hailing from many different heritages and backgrounds. Here’s how the Saipan demographics break down today:

  • Filipino (35%)
  • Pacific Islander (24%)
  • Chinese (4%)
  • White (2%)
  • Korean (1.5%)
  • Japanese (1%)

Saipan Restaurants

Saipan might not be the largest island in the world, but it is home to a wide variety of great restaurants. In fact, the Triple J network even assists in operating several of the island’s most popular dining destinations, including each of the following:

  • Truong’s Vietnamese Restaurant
  • Capricciosa
  • Tony Roma’s
  • Great Harvest Bread Company

Apartments on Saipan

As with any home, the cost of your living situation will vary depending on the size and location of the apartment you choose. Rent will generally hover within the following range:

  • $350 for a small studio
  • $650 for a studio in an upscale area
  • $650 for a larger apartment
  • $1,100 for a larger apartment in an upscale area

What Time is it in Saipan?

What is the current time in Saipan? Saipan is part of the Chamorro Standard Time Zone (CHST). Guam and the Northern Marina Islands use Chamorro Standard Time all year round. It is ten hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Savings Time is not observed in this region.

Cost of Living in Saipan

Affordable rent makes the Saipan cost of living manageable for a wide variety of people. However, although rent is a good barometer of how expensive it is to live somewhere, it’s certainly not the only factor that you should consider if you’re planning a move.

Here’s a look at what you can expect to pay for food, entertainment, and other expenses while you’re living in Saipan:

  • Rent – $350-1100
  • Utilities – $110
  • 1 liter of gas – $1.20 (around $5/gallon)
  • Doctor visit – $115
  • Dinner at a Restaurant – $30
  • Lunch out – $10
  • Cocktail drink – $12
  • Eggs – $4.10/dozen
  • Milk – $2.29/quart
  • Bread – $5/loaf

Of course, many will find it useful to own a car when they’re planning their adventures on Saipan. Here at Triple J Saipan, we’re happy to make the costs of ownership as low as possible for our friends and neighbors in the area. If you’re trying to bring down the cost of living in Saipan, you may want to check out our new vehicle specials or our used models priced under $10K.

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