DR Congo vs Malawi - Cost of Living Comparison

DR Congo Malawi
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1001
$553
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2587
$1414
🏠 One person rent
$516
$251
🏘️ Family rent
$1276
$457
🍽️ Food expenses
$286
$187
🚐 Transport expenses
$124
$61
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$435
$576
💸 GDP per capita
$544
$637
😃 Human freedom index
5.62
6.99
❤️ Life expectancy
61
64.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
19
35
🌐 English speaking %
1%
3.9%
🎓 Higher education
41
42
😀 Quality of life
20
31
🏙️ Population
86.8M
18.6M

The average cost of living in the DR Congo ($1001) is 81% more expensive than in Malawi ($553). the DR Congo ranked 65th vs 156th for Malawi 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 the DR Congo compared to 1 months in Malawi. Ranked 184th and 156th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in the DR Congo vs Malawi

We calculate prices for the DR Congo and Malawi as a population-weighted mean of 25 and 9 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.

DR Congo Malawi
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.3
$3.17
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$21.1
$22.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.13
$4.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.1
$0.87
 Cappuccino
$4.64
$1.71
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.97
$0.59
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$372
$290
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$301
$153
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1637
$529
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$822
$331
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$168
$30.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$258
$46.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$32.4
$40.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
10.27%
21.1%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2776
$17681
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1494
$1030
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.21
$0.49
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$81
$30
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.88
$5.72
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.93
$0.89
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.46
$0.77
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.75
$0.48
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$0.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.55
$1.07
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.76
$11.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.49
$3.15
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.28
$3.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$1.94
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
$1.28
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$2.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.42
$1.18
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.19
$0.81
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.26
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.19
$0.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.82
$1.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.7
$6.49
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.27
$0.75
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.57
$2.23
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$2.76
$2.63
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.2
$1.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.76
$1.12
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.23
$0.95
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$75.8
$22.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.63
$3.11
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$50.2
$20.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.25
$4.17
👖 Brand Jeans
$33.4
$39.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$42.8
$54.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$109
$244
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1605
$7348

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Cities Comparison in the DR Congo vs Malawi

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In the DR Congo

City Cost of living Population
Kinshasa
$1085
11.9M
Kananga
$964
1.97M
Lubumbashi
$1009
1.79M
Mbuji-Mayi
$950
1.56M
Mbandaka
$906
1.19M
Kisangani
$923
936K
Bukavu
$845
871K
Tshikapa
$965
732K
Uvira
$911
590K
Kolwezi
$906
573K
Likasi
$890
423K
Bunia
$886
328K
Matadi
$878
306K
Beni
$869
232K
Butembo
$869
218K
Mwene-Ditu
$864
196K
Kikwit
$865
187K
Isiro
$866
183K
Kindu
$861
172K
Boma
$861
163K
Gandajika
$854
146K
Kalemie
$859
147K
Gemena
$856
139K
Bumba
$853
103K
Mbanza-Ngungu
$853
100K

In Malawi

City Cost of living Population
Blantyre
$542
1.9M
Lilongwe
$579
782K
Mzuzu
$546
150K
Zomba
$558
101K
Mangochi
$551
53.5K
Mzimba
$551
26.1K
Mulanje
$558
14.8K
Ntcheu
$550
14.6K
Monkey Bay
$556
14.6K