Cost of living in Jamaica

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$722
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) J$653
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$307
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$377
12 eggs, large J$336
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$280
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$608
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$928
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$266
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$327
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$1,788
2 liters of Coca-Cola J$203
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$196
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area J$159,041
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area J$70,729
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$12,585
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area J$79,656
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area J$42,673
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio J$9,346
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) J$4,820
40” flat screen TV J$60,787
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) J$15,890
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$2,043
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$359
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) J$4,151
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) J$4,456
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) J$7,744
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$5,300
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,461,540
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$151
Monthly ticket public transport J$4,300
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$1,197
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,267
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) J$2,959
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) J$1,194
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$453
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$766
4 rolls of toilet paper J$380
Tube of toothpaste J$225
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$825
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$3,962
2 tickets to the movies J$2,299
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$3,667
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$6,935
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$1,000
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$504
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$338
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB J$92,401
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$8
1 month of gym membership in business district J$7,871
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes J$1,033

Map of Cost of Living in Jamaica


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.

List of all cities available in Jamaica

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