Cost of living in Dominican Republic

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 325
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RD$ 294
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 130
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 56
12 eggs, large RD$ 96
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 67
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 194
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 111
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 101
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 569
2 liters of Coca-Cola RD$ 67
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RD$ 33,626
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area RD$ 20,063
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 4,511
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RD$ 22,620
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RD$ 13,923
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio RD$ 3,362
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RD$ 1,613
40” flat screen TV RD$ 30,937
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 5,528
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 382
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 486
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RD$ 2,212
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RD$ 2,630
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 3,437
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 3,748
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 1,000,290
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 62
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 1,794
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 328
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 493
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 1,374
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RD$ 450
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 206
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 216
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 112
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 129
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 288
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 1,464
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 523
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 2,962
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 2,424
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 303
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 113
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 152
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB RD$ 27,845
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 8
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 1,706
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RD$ 213

Map of Cost of Living in Dominican Republic

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This map shows only the top cities in Dominican Republic. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to Dominican Republic? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 2,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 600 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 800 (about 16 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 20 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 1,080 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 2,000,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 125 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 40,000 (8 days ago)