Afghanistan vs Iraq - Cost of Living Comparison

Afghanistan Iraq
🚶 Cost of living one person
$397
$688
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$883
$1595
🏠 One person rent
$164
$313
🏘️ Family rent
$232
$534
🍽️ Food expenses
$144
$215
🚐 Transport expenses
$54.6
$105
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$169
$621
💸 GDP per capita
$517
$4146
😃 Human freedom index
4
5.02
❤️ Life expectancy
65.2
70.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
16
23
🌐 English speaking %
6%
35%
🎓 Higher education
25
49
😀 Quality of life
17
41
🏙️ Population
37.5M
38.3M

The average cost of living in Afghanistan ($397) is 42% less expensive than in Iraq ($688). Afghanistan ranked 193rd vs 122nd for Iraq in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.4 months in Afghanistan compared to 0.9 months in Iraq. Ranked 188th and 122nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Afghanistan vs Iraq

We calculate prices for Afghanistan and Iraq as a population-weighted mean of 12 and 29 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Afghanistan Iraq
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.16
$5.03
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$11
$20
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.39
$6.12
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.82
$2.41
 Cappuccino
$1.44
$2.31
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.26
$0.48
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$124
$303
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$80.2
$194
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$218
$602
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$125
$360
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$25.9
$54.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$39.9
$83.1
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$48.8
$42.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
13.04%
9.74%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$770
$1406
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$313
$652
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.22
$0.42
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$17.6
$28.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.35
$16.8
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.72
$0.4
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$1.05
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.28
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.89
$1.37
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.21
$1.78
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
$4.39
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.03
$4.05
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.88
$9.97
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.7
$0.98
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.95
$1.03
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$0.98
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.47
$0.67
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.32
$0.65
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.23
$0.56
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.2
$0.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$0.78
$0.95
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.4
$11.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.35
$1.54
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.63
$1.8
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.94
$3.19
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.72
$2.75
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.8
$1.6
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.36
$2.01
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$12.5
$31.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.44
$7.01
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.4
$15.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.36
$5.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$17.7
$27.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$32.9
$44.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$22.2
$113
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1250
$1526

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Cities Comparison in Afghanistan vs Iraq

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Afghanistan

City Cost of living Population
Kabul
$422
4.27M
Mazar-i-Sharif
$355
469K
Kandahar
$373
614K
Herat
$383
556K
Kunduz
$363
357K
Jalalabad
$361
263K
Lashkargah
$355
202K
Sheberghan
$352
176K
Khost
$346
160K
Ghazni
$346
143K
Puli Khumri
$349
114K
Gardez
$353
70K

In Iraq

City Cost of living Population
Baghdad
$801
6.96M
Mosul
$452
1.69M
Kirkuk
$568
975K
Basra
$823
1.33M
Erbil
$797
846K
Ramadi
$658
875K
Sulaymaniyah
$701
878K
Najaf
$556
725K
Karbala
$600
690K
Nasiriyah
$638
542K
Amarah
$638
512K
Ctesiphon
$637
500K
Baqubah
$633
468K
Hillah
$597
541K
Kut
$649
378K
Az Zubayr
$601
370K
Al Diwaniyah
$536
392K
Duhok
$622
331K
Fallujah
$621
326K
Zakho
$630
219K
Samawah
$612
215K
Abu Ghraib
$859
189K
Kufa
$604
166K
Samarra
$601
140K
Umm Qasr
$588
108K
Tikrit
$584
106K
Al-Faw
$588
105K
Al-Karmah
$598
95K
Sinjar
$614
88K