Cost of living in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.08
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $2.42
12 eggs, large $4.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.90
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.83
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $5.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $14
2 liters of Coca-Cola $3.34
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.43
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,228
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $646
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $211
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $617
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $350
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $106
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $81
40” flat screen TV $533
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $163
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $7
Hourly rate for cleaning help $6
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $48
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $35
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $95
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $64
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $29,856
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.17
Monthly ticket public transport $251
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $22
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $19
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $111
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $4.99
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $6
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.97
Tube of toothpaste $3.13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $9
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $33
2 tickets to the movies $16
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $44
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $62
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $7
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.95
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.54
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $300
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.67
1 month of gym membership in business district $66
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.95
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 80 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: November 15, 2018.

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