Argentina vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

Argentina South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$576
$852
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1423
$1977
🏠 One person rent
$224
$440
🏘️ Family rent
$366
$760
🍽️ Food expenses
$235
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$44.2
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$448
$1397
💸 GDP per capita
$8579
$5656
😃 Human freedom index
7.38
7.3
❤️ Life expectancy
76.8
64.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
38
44
🌐 English speaking %
6.5%
31%
🎓 Higher education
82
83
😀 Quality of life
50
50
🏙️ Population
47.3M
59.6M

The average cost of living in Argentina ($576) is 32% less expensive than in South Africa ($852). Argentina ranked 150th vs 90th for South Africa in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Argentina compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 88th and 89th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Argentina vs South Africa

We calculate prices for Argentina and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 123 and 36 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.

Argentina South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.93
$6.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.13
$3.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.7
$1.7
 Cappuccino
$1.88
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.12
$0.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$238
$393
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$162
$313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$393
$686
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$283
$596
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$27.7
$64.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.5
$98.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.8
$46.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
42.26%
8.82%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1875
$939
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1420
$803
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.36
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$18.7
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$8.89
$9.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.91
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.88
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.83
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.76
$1.13
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.59
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.01
$6.83
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.5
$4.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.79
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.48
$1.42
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
$1.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.03
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.51
$1.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.68
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.73
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.59
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.87
$1.26
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$3.89
$5.32
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.21
$1.33
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.96
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.34
$3.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.52
$3.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.55
$1.56
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.55
$1.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$18.8
$26.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.1
$5.49
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$15.5
$27.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.54
$5.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.2
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$107
$83
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$144
$180
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3946
$4468

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Cities Comparison in Argentina vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Argentina

City Cost of living Population
Buenos Aires
$792
3.06M
Cordoba
$611
1.33M
Rosario
$678
1.19M
Salta
$521
535K
San Miguel de Tucuman
$582
606K
Santa Fe
$619
406K
Mar del Plata
$553
593K
San Juan
$586
471K
Corrientes
$586
353K
Lanus
$506
459K
Santiago del Estero
$429
430K
San Salvador de Jujuy
$537
322K
Posadas
$444
276K
Bahia Blanca
$662
299K
Gregorio de Laferrere
$531
248K
Merlo
$532
244K
Gonzalez Catan
$532
238K
Quilmes
$488
231K
Neuquen
$678
231K
Rio Cuarto
$389
158K
Formosa
$367
222K
Jose C. Paz
$531
217K
Las Heras
$528
204K
Resistencia
$529
292K
Isidro Casanova
$528
191K
Godoy Cruz
$528
191K
La Plata
$546
193K
Comodoro Rivadavia
$701
183K
La Rioja
$385
181K
Berazategui
$519
181K

In South Africa

City Cost of living Population
Johannesburg
$935
4.43M
Soweto
$897
1.27M
Pretoria
$835
742K
Rustenburg
$881
550K
Pietermaritzburg
$685
619K
Durban
$827
595K
Randburg
$776
337K
Cape Town
$904
434K
Sandton
$907
222K
Port Elizabeth
$905
312K
Centurion
$734
237K
Bloemfontein
$696
256K
East London
$800
267K
Kimberley
$785
225K
Benoni
$821
159K
Kroonstad
$770
169K
Klerksdorp
$629
187K
Paarl
$883
112K
Springs
$766
122K
Uitenhage
$579
104K
George
$689
157K
Mthatha
$760
96.1K
Vereeniging
$728
99K
Middelburg
$822
87.3K
Upington
$815
121K
Potchefstroom
$639
149K
Komani
$761
68.9K
Makhanda
$766
67.3K
Welkom
$708
64.1K
Bethal
$760
60.8K