Quezon City : Philippines


What It Is Like to Retire in Quezon City

Quezon City is an ethnic and culturally diverse city along with being the most populous one in the Philippines, with over three million residents. The median age here is just 23 years with the largest percent of the population young children. The planned city was founded in 1939, and is named after its founder Manuel L Quezon. It is made up of several areas and neighborhoods that included business centers, cultural centers, medical and university areas. Quezon City is predominantly Roman Catholic (90% of the population), and is home to many religious institutions of higher education. Picture of The Quezon City Skyline courtesy of Wikipedia and Patrickroque01, picture of the Cubao Cathedral courtesy of Wikipedia and Ramon FVelasquez, picture of La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Photo07, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Quezon City and Home Prices

The median cost of a home is about $115,000. There are several different Barangays (districts) throughout the city and many apartments and condos for rent.

What Is Special about Quezon City

Quezon City features parks, universities and schools of higher education, and museums. The city is also the hub of the entertainment industry.

What Is Not Special about Quezon City

It is hot here year-round, and has a rainy season that lasts for several months (June-October). The crime rate is high.

Who Will Like Retirement in Quezon City

Expats would find the cost of living here less than in the U.S. and health insurance plans can be purchased by insurance companies that are similar in the states. Those looking for hot temperatures year-round would like it here. The city also offers many parks, museums, and transportation. The many medical schools has made Quezon City a center of healthcare and medical education.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Quezon City is home to many broadcasting networks for television, and many movies are produced here. The diverse economy is also fueled by its IT infrastructure, and education programs, banking and finance, agricultural and coconut oil products, and tourism.

Climate and Physical Environment

The city lies on the hills on the northeast of Manila, with most of the northeastern part of the city on the Sierra Madre mountain range, with elevations reaching more than 300 meters. The average temperature is in the 80's most of the year, and with high humidity. Quezon's long rainy season brings heavy downpours and over 10 inches of precipitation each month in June, July and August.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The restaurant and entertainment district are along Tomas Morato and Timog Avenues and offer a variety of restaurants, pubs, gay bars and entertainment. Most of the Filipino entertainment shows and movies are produced here, and Quezon City has been called the "Filipino Hollywood".


Quezon City is the country's most densely populated city, and as with most large cities there are neighborhoods that are safer than others.

Medical Facilities

There are many medical facilities here along with medical schools.


Quezon City has public transport with buses, jeepneys and taxis. Skyway is the only elevated expressway passing through Quezon City. The nearest airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport, about 15 miles away.

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