Cost of living in Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Jamaica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$560,158
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$261,819
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$3,012
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$1,143
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$661
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$591
12 eggs, large J$674
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$392
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$934
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$1,315
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$814
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$354
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,912
2 liters of coca-cola J$317
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$388
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$207,593
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$116,223
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$35,356
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$126,986
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$78,812
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$24,787
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$5,913
40” flat screen tv J$52,657
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$13,113
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,177
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$715
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$3,971
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$3,442
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$13,108
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$6,413
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,191,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$226
Monthly ticket public transport J$8,441
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$424
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,417
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$4,938
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$759
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$581
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$684
4 rolls of toilet paper J$706
Tube of toothpaste J$347
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$2,328
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$6,376
2 tickets to the movies J$2,183
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$10,869
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$1,219
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$415
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$325
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$24,622
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$49
1 month of gym membership in business district J$15,946
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$842

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:
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.

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Kingston Montego Bay New Kingston

Prices recently added

  • 1 liter of gasoline in New Kingston costs J$260 (10 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in New Kingston costs J$8,500 (10 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in New Kingston costs J$40,000 (10 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in New Kingston costs J$60,000 (10 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in New Kingston costs J$230,000 (10 days ago)

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