Cost of living in Kingston, Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Kingston

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$392,481
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$177,069
  • Cost of living in Kingston is more expensive than in 91% of cities in Latin America (5 out of 47)
  • Cost of living in Kingston is cheaper than in 60% of cities in the World (170 out of 285)

List of prices in Kingston, Jamaica. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$854
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$771
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$408
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$367
12 eggs, large J$413
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$281
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$690
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$789
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$370
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$200
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,137
2 liters of coca-cola J$193
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$295
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$143,051
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$68,464
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$13,193
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$87,112
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$48,119
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$9,299
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$5,459
40” flat screen tv J$58,460
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$24,753
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,739
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$473
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$5,332
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$4,501
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$7,767
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$7,274
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,933,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$162
Monthly ticket public transport J$6,306
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) J$1,623
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$771
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,818
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,377
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$851
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$438
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$642
4 rolls of toilet paper J$329
Tube of toothpaste J$221
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$981
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$3,890
2 tickets to the movies J$2,668
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$4,074
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$8,348
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$884
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$500
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$261
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$83,681
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$7
1 month of gym membership in business district J$9,824
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$736
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 240 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2020

Kingston position in our World Ranking

the world
170th
out of 285
latin america
5th
out of 47

Cheapest and most expensive products in Kingston compared to other cities:

the world
2nd
latin america
1st
latin america
1st
latin america
2nd
latin america
3rd
latin america
3rd

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