Cost of living in Kenya

Summary of cost of living in Kenya

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Shilling258,413
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Shilling137,318
  • Kenya is the 3rd most expensive country in Africa (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Kenya is cheaper than in 61% of countries in the World (59 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Shilling708
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Shilling589
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Shilling419
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Shilling107
12 eggs, large Shilling195
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Shilling112
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Shilling723
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Shilling266
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Shilling113
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Shilling176
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Shilling1,350
2 liters of coca-cola Shilling173
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Shilling55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Shilling125,305
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Shilling66,920
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Shilling6,830
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Shilling78,179
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Shilling32,160
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Shilling3,285
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Shilling3,779
40” flat screen tv Shilling36,756
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Shilling10,098
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Shilling500
Hourly rate for cleaning help Shilling500
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Shilling3,185
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Shilling3,585
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Shilling4,908
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Shilling6,313
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Shilling1,667,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Shilling115
Monthly ticket public transport Shilling3,588
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Shilling226
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Shilling806
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Shilling3,051
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Shilling277
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Shilling355
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Shilling329
4 rolls of toilet paper Shilling132
Tube of toothpaste Shilling155
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Shilling1,027
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Shilling2,642
2 tickets to the movies Shilling1,295
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Shilling2,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Shilling3,969
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Shilling492
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Shilling306
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Shilling234
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Shilling46,243
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Shilling3.78
1 month of gym membership in business district Shilling5,763
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Shilling292

Map of Cost of Living in Kenya

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This map shows only the top cities in Kenya. 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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