Cost of living in Nigeria

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,400 ₦
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 2,041 ₦
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 988 ₦
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 918 ₦
12 eggs, large 572 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 634 ₦
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,900 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,171 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 918 ₦
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 340 ₦
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,387 ₦
2 liters of Coca-Cola 369 ₦
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 374 ₦
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 327,096 ₦
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 265,824 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 27,010 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 234,517 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 125,903 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 16,128 ₦
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 6,064 ₦
40” flat screen TV 115,445 ₦
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 35,316 ₦
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,101 ₦
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,488 ₦
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 6,787 ₦
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,295 ₦
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 16,193 ₦
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,800 ₦
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,470,950 ₦
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 155 ₦
Monthly ticket public transport 10,211 ₦
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,599 ₦
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,933 ₦
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 7,156 ₦
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,414 ₦
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,145 ₦
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,441 ₦
4 rolls of toilet paper 402 ₦
Tube of toothpaste 487 ₦
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,476 ₦
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,419 ₦
2 tickets to the movies 3,209 ₦
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 17,434 ₦
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 15,524 ₦
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,556 ₦
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,457 ₦
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 562 ₦
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 186,359 ₦
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 43 ₦
1 month of gym membership in business district 14,882 ₦
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 471 ₦

Map of Cost of Living in Nigeria

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This map shows only the top cities in Nigeria. 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Nigeria

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Akure 231
2nd Abuja 89
3rd Lagos 85
4th Benin City 82

Price 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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 kg of rice in Lagos costs 300 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Lagos costs 300 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Lagos costs 200 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Lagos costs 2,500 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Lagos costs 250 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Lagos costs 1,000 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Lagos costs 1,200 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Lagos costs 1,000 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Lagos costs 1,000 ₦ (3 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Lagos costs 600 ₦ (3 days ago)