Cost of living in Jamaica

Summary of cost of living in Jamaica

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: J$426,568
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: J$186,691
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district J$912
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) J$845
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast J$474
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk J$439
12 eggs, large J$622
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes J$700
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese J$1,000
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples J$366
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes J$500
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket J$337
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality J$2,668
2 liters of coca-cola J$263
Bread for 2 people for 1 day J$368
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area J$142,575
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area J$73,446
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat J$18,964
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area J$87,759
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area J$44,482
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio J$13,378
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) J$6,359
40” flat screen tv J$53,438
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) J$14,622
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) J$948
Hourly rate for cleaning help J$494
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) J$8,388
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) J$4,000
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) J$11,810
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes J$10,271
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new J$3,310,290
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas J$227
Monthly ticket public transport J$5,884
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) J$667
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) J$1,200
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) J$3,128
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) J$400
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) J$847
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) J$1,900
4 rolls of toilet paper J$362
Tube of toothpaste J$126
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city J$1,453
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub J$6,072
2 tickets to the movies J$2,616
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) J$4,000
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert J$13,868
1 cocktail drink in downtown club J$754
Cappuccino in expat area of the city J$495
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) J$362
Ipad wi-fi 128gb J$54,890
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) J$5.99
1 month of gym membership in business district J$5,579
1 package of marlboro cigarettes J$786

Map of Cost of Living in Jamaica


This map shows only the top cities in Jamaica. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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.

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