Cost of living in Nicaragua

Summary of cost of living in Nicaragua

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 62,068 C$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 23,639 C$
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 370 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 242 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 70 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 34 C$
12 eggs, large 76 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 36 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 101 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 115 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 48 C$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 37 C$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 498 C$
2 liters of coca-cola 41 C$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 31 C$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,351 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 10,097 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,975 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 14,806 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 10,166 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,509 C$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,543 C$
40” flat screen tv 16,410 C$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,607 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 253 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 83 C$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,874 C$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 708 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,382 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,982 C$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 890,624 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 31 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 359 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 129 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 450 C$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 701 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 123 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 91 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 204 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 100 C$
Tube of toothpaste 41 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 180 C$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 517 C$
2 tickets to the movies 252 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 721 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 162 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 77 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 40 C$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,245 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 866 C$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 79 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:
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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