Cost of living in Nicaragua

Summary of cost of living in Nicaragua

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 64,679 C$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 26,669 C$
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 261 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 246 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 65 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 39 C$
12 eggs, large 76 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 80 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 84 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 99 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 87 C$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 48 C$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 538 C$
2 liters of coca-cola 47 C$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 30 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 16,110 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,062 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,502 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 15,948 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 9,561 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 921 C$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 592 C$
40” flat screen tv 15,145 C$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,762 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 161 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 182 C$
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,152 C$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 794 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,144 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,748 C$
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 540,852 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 44 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 270 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 158 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 288 C$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 724 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 262 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 87 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 166 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 92 C$
Tube of toothpaste 36 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 283 C$
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 404 C$
2 tickets to the movies 320 C$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,500 C$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,952 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 234 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 120 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 48 C$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 16,876 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.86 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,314 C$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 128 C$

Map of Cost of Living in Nicaragua


This map shows only the top cities in Nicaragua. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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.

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