Cost of living in Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Jamaica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$420,764
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$181,741
  • Cost of living in Jamaica is more expensive than in 80% of countries in Latin America (5 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in Jamaica is more expensive than in 60% of countries in the World (39 out of 96)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$834
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$746
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$498
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$344
12 eggs, large J$412
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$272
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$737
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$672
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$329
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$238
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,347
2 liters of coca-cola J$171
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$310
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$142,797
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$64,721
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$14,805
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$84,981
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$47,991
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$9,553
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$13,343
40” flat screen tv J$55,652
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$32,810
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,684
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$635
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$4,241
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$4,648
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$7,911
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$10,978
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$4,053,200
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$159
Monthly ticket public transport J$6,335
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$579
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$4,180
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,507
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$730
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$720
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$430
4 rolls of toilet paper J$325
Tube of toothpaste J$239
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,116
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$4,690
2 tickets to the movies J$3,409
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$4,547
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$9,695
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$731
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$431
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$323
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$78,856
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$17
1 month of gym membership in business district J$9,276
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$857

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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