Cost of living in Nigeria

Summary of cost of living in Nigeria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,012,715 ₦
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 532,722 ₦
  • 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 2,296 ₦
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,790 ₦
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,085 ₦
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 675 ₦
12 eggs, large 827 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 635 ₦
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 3,064 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,084 ₦
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1,099 ₦
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 549 ₦
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,934 ₦
2 liters of coca-cola 366 ₦
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 394 ₦
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 544,026 ₦
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 196,901 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 34,981 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 128,374 ₦
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 191,228 ₦
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 33,513 ₦
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 11,792 ₦
40” flat screen tv 116,113 ₦
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 40,012 ₦
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,645 ₦
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,000 ₦
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 7,775 ₦
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 14,243 ₦
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 15,717 ₦
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 15,582 ₦
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 8,553,290 ₦
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 157 ₦
Monthly ticket public transport 12,922 ₦
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,873 ₦
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,886 ₦
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 21,360 ₦
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,776 ₦
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,014 ₦
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 2,171 ₦
4 rolls of toilet paper 671 ₦
Tube of toothpaste 649 ₦
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,351 ₦
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 9,428 ₦
2 tickets to the movies 4,368 ₦
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 18,463 ₦
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 21,062 ₦
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,330 ₦
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2,500 ₦
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 700 ₦
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 178,695 ₦
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 108 ₦
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,945 ₦
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 632 ₦

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Map of Cost of Living in Nigeria

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

Cost of Living Ranking in Nigeria

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Akure 180
2nd Abuja 76
3rd Benin City 76

Price 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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Abuja costs 17,000 ₦ (5 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Minna costs 500 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Minna costs 6,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Minna costs 400 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Minna costs 500 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Minna costs 900 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Minna costs 7,000 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Minna costs 800 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Minna costs 700 ₦ (6 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Minna costs 1,100 ₦ (6 days ago)