Cost of living in Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Jamaica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$608,218
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$282,619
  • 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$1,387
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$1,331
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$857
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$590
12 eggs, large J$1,198
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$449
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$1,096
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$1,137
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$766
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$387
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,435
2 liters of coca-cola J$365
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$257
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$200,847
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$147,058
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$32,754
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$135,210
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$86,735
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$22,700
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$6,282
40” flat screen tv J$37,333
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$15,276
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$3,109
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$625
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$10,485
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$9,625
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$12,063
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$11,035
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$2,883,590
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$239
Monthly ticket public transport J$7,357
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$1,116
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$1,054
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,512
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$759
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$515
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$1,000
4 rolls of toilet paper J$649
Tube of toothpaste J$468
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$2,123
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$8,050
2 tickets to the movies J$3,055
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$11,403
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$1,397
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$1,103
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$600
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$24,622
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$115
1 month of gym membership in business district J$11,000
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$913

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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