Cost of living in Nicaragua

Summary of cost of living in Nicaragua

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 67,841 C$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 28,814 C$
  • Nicaragua is the 2nd cheapest country in Latin America (18 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Nicaragua is cheaper than in 91% of countries in the World (86 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 232 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 196 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 65 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 29 C$
12 eggs, large 71 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 34 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 64 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 100 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 30 C$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 35 C$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 428 C$
2 liters of coca-cola 40 C$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 19 C$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 23,294 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,796 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,880 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,815 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,327 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 938 C$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,700 C$
40” flat screen tv 21,393 C$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,845 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 233 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 294 C$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,433 C$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 650 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,109 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,693 C$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 899,415 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 38 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 347 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 96 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 100 C$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 718 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 391 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 85 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 133 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 100 C$
Tube of toothpaste 49 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 221 C$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 374 C$
2 tickets to the movies 371 C$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 600 C$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 792 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 181 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 96 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 42 C$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,245 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 9 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 836 C$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 92 C$

Map of Cost of Living in Nicaragua

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This map shows only the top cities in Nicaragua. 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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in León costs 80 C$ (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in León costs 653 C$ (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in León costs 35 C$ (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in León costs 50 C$ (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in León costs 45 C$ (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in León costs 350 C$ (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in León costs 250 C$ (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in León costs 160 C$ (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in León costs 38 C$ (1 day ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in León costs 126 C$ (1 day ago)