Afghanistan vs Iraq - Cost of Living Comparison

Afghanistan Iraq
🚶 Cost of living one person
$441
$732
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$914
$1684
🏠 One person rent
$218
$331
🏘️ Family rent
$300
$553
🍽️ Food expenses
$136
$234
🚐 Transport expenses
$57.9
$107
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$211
$565
💸 GDP per capita
$364
$5937
😃 Human freedom index
4
4.77
❤️ Life expectancy
62
70.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
24
23
🌐 English speaking %
6%
35%
🎓 Higher education
24
49
😀 Quality of life
12
29
🏙️ Population
37.5M
38.3M

The average cost of living in Afghanistan ($441) is 40% less expensive than in Iraq ($732). Afghanistan ranked 188th vs 123rd 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 0.5 months in Afghanistan compared to 0.8 months in Iraq. Ranked 188th and 154th 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
$2.13
$4.98
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$8.16
$20.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.05
$6.08
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.05
$2.94
 Cappuccino
$1.38
$2.87
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.43
$0.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$133
$326
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$80.9
$207
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$226
$603
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$131
$372
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$43.9
$63.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$67.7
$97.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$91.8
$37.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
12.8%
10.35%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$436
$1454
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$252
$697
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.27
$0.48
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$18.5
$33.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.24
$15.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.78
$0.47
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$1.18
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.26
$0.9
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.43
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.29
$1.98
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.21
$4.77
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.05
$5.02
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.03
$10.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.58
$1.06
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.66
$1.12
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.61
$1.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.47
$0.7
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.33
$0.68
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.24
$0.62
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.18
$0.33
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$0.8
$1
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.43
$12.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.29
$1.9
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.78
$2.01
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.94
$3.56
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.11
$3.14
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.86
$2.16
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.56
$2.38
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$10.6
$32.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$1.93
$8.08
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$13.7
$18.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.5
$5.49
👖 Brand Jeans
$15.4
$25.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$34
$50.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$19.2
$115
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1110
$1660

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Afghanistan

City Cost of living Population
Kabul
$476
4.27M
Mazar-i-Sharif
$392
469K
Kandahar
$410
614K
Herat
$444
556K
Kunduz
$382
357K
Sheberghan
$378
176K
Jalalabad
$305
263K
Lashkargah
$380
202K
Ghazni
$349
143K
Puli Khumri
$376
114K
Khost
$399
160K
Gardez
$393
70K

In Iraq

City Cost of living Population
Baghdad
$857
6.96M
Kirkuk
$604
975K
Mosul
$512
1.69M
Basra
$869
1.33M
Erbil
$844
846K
Ramadi
$750
875K
Najaf
$536
725K
Sulaymaniyah
$744
878K
Karbala
$583
690K
Nasiriyah
$653
542K
Amarah
$668
512K
Ctesiphon
$733
500K
Baqubah
$633
468K
Az Zubayr
$693
370K
Hillah
$645
541K
Kut
$609
378K
Al Diwaniyah
$506
392K
Duhok
$571
331K
Fallujah
$812
326K
Zakho
$581
219K
Samawah
$581
215K
Abu Ghraib
$957
189K
Kufa
$529
166K
Samarra
$651
140K
Tikrit
$603
106K
Umm Qasr
$675
108K
Al-Faw
$663
105K
Al-Karmah
$820
95K
Sinjar
$572
22.5K