Cost of living in Nicaragua

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 138 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 149 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 59 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 23 C$
12 eggs, large 64 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 55 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 71 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 31 C$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 31 C$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 257 C$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 33 C$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 25 C$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 11,404 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 9,640 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,151 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 14,664 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,148 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 4,756 C$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,346 C$
40” flat screen TV 17,010 C$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,917 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 148 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 35 C$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 908 C$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 485 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,035 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,831 C$
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 205,109 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 27 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 383 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 90 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 81 C$
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 559 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 20 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 73 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 70 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 42 C$
Tube of toothpaste 34 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 62 C$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 340 C$
2 tickets to the movies 184 C$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 700 C$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 829 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 94 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 67 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 37 C$
iPad Air 2, 64GB 5,940 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 13 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 914 C$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 45 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.

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.

Are you moving to Nicaragua? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Nicaragua of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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List of all cities available in Nicaragua

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