Cost of living in Dominican Republic

Summary of cost of living in Dominican Republic

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RD$ 110,721
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RD$ 46,397
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 559
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RD$ 325
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 93
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 52
12 eggs, large RD$ 72
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 69
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 213
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 126
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 69
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 108
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 710
2 liters of coca-cola RD$ 66
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RD$ 33,842
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RD$ 17,485
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 4,515
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RD$ 23,376
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RD$ 11,207
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RD$ 2,352
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RD$ 1,357
40” flat screen tv RD$ 28,523
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 6,689
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 288
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 199
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RD$ 1,945
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RD$ 1,634
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 3,066
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 4,272
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 759,288
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 59
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 1,697
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 417
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 592
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 1,426
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RD$ 361
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 140
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 195
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 97
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 137
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 502
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 676
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 430
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 1,487
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 2,303
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 430
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 153
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 136
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RD$ 38,138
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 9
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 1,536
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RD$ 239

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:
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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Dominican Republic

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st San Juan de la Maguana 74
2nd Santo Domingo 73
3rd Santiago de los Caballeros 69

Price 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.

Prices recently added

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 200 (9 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 190 (9 days ago)
  • 1 us gal of gasoline in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 57 (9 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 2,000 (9 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 3,500 (9 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 1,000 (9 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 4,000 (9 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 170 (9 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 7,000 (9 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Santo Domingo costs RD$ 38,000 (9 days ago)