Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling317,864
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling151,376
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 89% of countries in the World (59 out of 66)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling624
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling1,097
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling512
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling125
12 eggs, large Shilling300
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling81
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling691
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling224
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling106
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling234
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,531
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling180
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling69
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling136,525
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling60,816
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling7,965
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling53,516
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling25,285
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling2,500
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling5,039
40” flat screen tv Shilling20,000
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling15,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling1,000
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling2,224
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,063
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling6,171
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,290
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling2,367,810
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling209
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling4,328
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling1,000
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling1,800
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling2,960
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling200
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling313
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling1,100
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling237
Tube of toothpaste Shilling150
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling1,247
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,138
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,645
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 Shilling4,210
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling795
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling308
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling262
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling80,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.76
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling6,108
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling335

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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
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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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Nairobi costs Shilling370 (6 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Nairobi costs Shilling9,000 (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Nairobi costs Shilling370 (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Nairobi costs Shilling3,200 (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nairobi costs Shilling2,100 (6 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Nairobi costs Shilling3,000 (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Nairobi costs Shilling65,000 (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Nairobi costs Shilling220 (6 days ago)

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