Cost of living in Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Jamaica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$367,022
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$140,728
  • 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$1,344
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$923
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$370
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$369
12 eggs, large J$494
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$484
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$899
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$863
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$464
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$293
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,794
2 liters of coca-cola J$219
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$269
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$85,693
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$46,499
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$12,157
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$78,872
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$37,274
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$11,022
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$5,731
40” flat screen tv J$42,786
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$21,425
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$498
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$4,327
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$9,357
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$3,137
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$10,432
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$6,530
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$2,000,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$151
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Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$300
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$1,500
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,091
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$135
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$719
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$709
4 rolls of toilet paper J$65
Tube of toothpaste J$151
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$2,200
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$6,000
2 tickets to the movies J$1,109
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$3,200
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$2,500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$1,500
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$150
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$400
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$20,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$21
1 month of gym membership in business district J$10,000
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$3,472

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:
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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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  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Kingston costs J$155 (3 days ago)

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