Cost of living in Nicaragua

Summary of cost of living in Nicaragua

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 65,679 C$
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 27,417 C$
  • 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 244 C$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 211 C$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 67 C$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 27 C$
12 eggs, large 68 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 32 C$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 66 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 97 C$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 39 C$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 37 C$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 398 C$
2 liters of coca-cola 42 C$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18 C$
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 21,235 C$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,456 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,772 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,815 C$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,203 C$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 964 C$
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,733 C$
40” flat screen tv 16,382 C$
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,628 C$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 229 C$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 294 C$
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,409 C$
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 672 C$
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,195 C$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,542 C$
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 890,624 C$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 38 C$
Monthly ticket public transport 348 C$
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 88 C$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 83 C$
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 664 C$
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 320 C$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 87 C$
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 151 C$
4 rolls of toilet paper 96 C$
Tube of toothpaste 45 C$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 161 C$
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 353 C$
2 tickets to the movies 353 C$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 542 C$
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 793 C$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 164 C$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 93 C$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 38 C$
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,245 C$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 8 C$
1 month of gym membership in business district 769 C$
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 84 C$

Map of Cost of Living in Nicaragua

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This map shows only the top cities in Nicaragua. 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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