Cost of living in Kingston, Jamaica

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$684
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) J$649
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$336
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$309
12 eggs, large J$414
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$274
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$603
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$490
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$268
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$211
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$1,912
2 liters of Coca-Cola J$221
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$230
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area J$130,774
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area J$73,619
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$16,476
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area J$90,613
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area J$44,968
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio J$10,047
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) J$4,985
40” flat screen TV J$61,075
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) J$24,928
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$1,525
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$366
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) J$3,912
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) J$3,589
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) J$6,204
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$4,997
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$4,127,140
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$143
Monthly ticket public transport J$5,581
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) J$1,635
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$784
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$2,374
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) J$3,068
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) J$985
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$499
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$611
4 rolls of toilet paper J$296
Tube of toothpaste J$236
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$974
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$4,809
2 tickets to the movies J$2,211
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$3,834
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$7,819
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$955
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$551
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$299
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB J$81,928
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$7
1 month of gym membership in business district J$8,033
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes J$756
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 221 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: November 16, 2018.

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