Cost of Living in Dire Dawa

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$486
$2108
🛋️ Without rent
$294
$925
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$193
$1183
🍽️ Food
$222
$568
🚐 Transport
$34.6
$98.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$180
😀 Quality of life
18
🏙️ Population
277K

The average cost of living in Dire Dawa is $486, which is in the top 9% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 8469th out of 9294 in our global list and 7th out of 10 in Ethiopia.

The median after-tax salary is $180, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.4 months. Ranked 9059th (TOP 97%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 5th best city to live in Ethiopia. With an estimated population of 277K, Dire Dawa is the 5th largest city in Ethiopia.

Why living in Dire Dawa costs 2.7 times more than the average salary? Because we have a developed country lifestyle as a reference and in some least developed countries maintaining such a standard of living is hard and expensive. Thus, living costs in Dire Dawa for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport 5 km Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport
😷 Air quality Moderate 24.4 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 12502 Dire Dawa University
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Prices in Dire Dawa

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$19.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.2
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.01
 Cappuccino
$0.6
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.33
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$107
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$63.6
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1197
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$991
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$58.4
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$89.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$61.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
15.87%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$652
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$392
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$12.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.91
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.77
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.88
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.58
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.89
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.65
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.13
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.46
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.75
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.5
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.01
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.28
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.08
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.9
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.85
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.45
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.45
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$28.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$1.85
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$10.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.12
👖 Brand Jeans
$18.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$49.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$95.8
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11970

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