Cost of living in Jamaica

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$715
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) J$669
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$398
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$269
12 eggs, large J$391
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$150
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$789
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$799
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$249
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$215
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$1,863
2 liters of Coca-Cola J$237
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$247
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area J$94,487
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area J$67,223
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$21,145
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area J$98,552
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area J$48,620
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio J$10,351
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) J$5,151
40” flat screen TV J$57,511
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) J$21,284
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$2,133
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$376
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) J$3,448
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) J$2,504
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) J$5,426
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$4,253
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$4,558,270
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$139
Monthly ticket public transport J$7,000
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$751
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,095
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) J$2,730
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) J$877
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$635
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$1,005
4 rolls of toilet paper J$297
Tube of toothpaste J$374
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,386
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$3,977
2 tickets to the movies J$2,085
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$3,500
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$8,341
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$717
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$714
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$264
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB J$71,811
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$8
1 month of gym membership in business district J$10,539
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes J$900

Map of Cost of Living in Jamaica

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This map shows only the top cities in Jamaica. 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 Jamaica? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Kingston costs J$4,500,000 (5 days ago)