Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling256,311
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling129,610
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 76% of countries in the World (54 out of 71)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling498
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling657
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling378
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling101
12 eggs, large Shilling243
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling101
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling597
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling249
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling93
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling195
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,019
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling165
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling49
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling126,273
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling53,720
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling22,993
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling50,879
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling21,699
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling9,851
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,537
40” flat screen tv Shilling38,448
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling7,768
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling669
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling303
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,582
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling2,725
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling5,114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling5,515
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,726,170
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling117
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,661
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling178
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling320
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,000
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling333
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling308
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling439
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling115
Tube of toothpaste Shilling122
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling721
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling1,829
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,250
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling1,600
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,473
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling645
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling276
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling239
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling26,546
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling4.02
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,062
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling273

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Map of Cost of Living in Kenya


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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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