Cost of living in Dominican Republic

Summary of cost of living in Dominican Republic

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RD$ 151,329
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RD$ 70,794
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RD$ 488
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RD$ 415
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RD$ 180
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RD$ 73
12 eggs, large RD$ 117
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RD$ 88
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RD$ 259
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RD$ 159
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RD$ 70
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RD$ 136
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RD$ 780
2 liters of coca-cola RD$ 87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RD$ 45
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RD$ 59,565
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RD$ 30,153
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RD$ 4,141
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RD$ 27,421
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RD$ 13,635
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RD$ 2,203
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RD$ 1,511
40” flat screen tv RD$ 28,827
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RD$ 6,526
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RD$ 334
Hourly rate for cleaning help RD$ 1,244
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RD$ 2,446
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RD$ 1,766
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RD$ 4,580
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RD$ 5,309
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RD$ 760,109
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RD$ 75
Monthly ticket public transport RD$ 2,986
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RD$ 308
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RD$ 193
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RD$ 2,161
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RD$ 159
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RD$ 195
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RD$ 267
4 rolls of toilet paper RD$ 133
Tube of toothpaste RD$ 148
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RD$ 642
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RD$ 1,462
2 tickets to the movies RD$ 649
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RD$ 2,320
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RD$ 3,651
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RD$ 497
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RD$ 234
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RD$ 167
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RD$ 23,456
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RD$ 8
1 month of gym membership in business district RD$ 2,962
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RD$ 275

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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.

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