Cost of living in Nicaragua

Summary of cost of living in Nicaragua

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 62,445 C$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 23,778 C$
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 377 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 263 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 70 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 35 C$
12 eggs, large 81 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 44 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 95 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 102 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 568 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 10,877 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 10,687 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,992 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 14,852 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 2,537 C$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,441 C$
40” flat screen tv 16,931 C$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 7,112 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 343 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 83 C$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,975 C$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 821 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,486 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,285 C$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,000 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 32 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 200 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 88 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 450 C$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 706 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 116 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 83 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 210 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 105 C$
Tube of toothpaste 73 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 233 C$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 575 C$
2 tickets to the movies 314 C$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 729 C$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,766 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 191 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 76 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 39 C$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 25,000 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 10 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,276 C$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 89 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.

List of all cities available in Nicaragua

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Managua costs 100 C$ (7 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Managua costs 1,500 C$ (7 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Managua costs 10 C$ (7 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Managua costs 25,000 C$ (7 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Managua costs 30 C$ (7 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Managua costs 50 C$ (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Managua costs 150 C$ (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Managua costs 2,500 C$ (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Managua costs 1,000 C$ (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Managua costs 700 C$ (7 days ago)

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