Jamaica vs Malawi - Cost of Living Comparison

Jamaica Malawi
🚶 Cost of living one person
$875
$553
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2153
$1414
🏠 One person rent
$375
$251
🏘️ Family rent
$722
$457
🍽️ Food expenses
$352
$187
🚐 Transport expenses
$76.6
$61
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$531
$576
💸 GDP per capita
$4665
$637
😃 Human freedom index
7.91
6.99
❤️ Life expectancy
74.6
64.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
44
35
🌐 English speaking %
97.6%
3.9%
🎓 Higher education
77
42
😀 Quality of life
48
31
🏙️ Population
2.89M
18.6M

The average cost of living in Jamaica ($875) is 58% more expensive than in Malawi ($553). Jamaica ranked 83rd 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 0.6 months in Jamaica compared to 1 months in Malawi. Ranked 98th and 156th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Jamaica vs Malawi

We calculate prices for Jamaica and Malawi as a population-weighted mean of 10 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.

Jamaica Malawi
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.08
$3.17
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$44
$22.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6
$4.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.09
$0.87
 Cappuccino
$3.11
$1.71
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$0.59
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$401
$290
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$240
$153
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$919
$529
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$503
$331
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$61.3
$30.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$94.7
$46.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$41.7
$40.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
7.85%
21.1%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1561
$17681
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$764
$1030
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.81
$0.49
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$34.5
$30
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$20
$5.72
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.21
$0.89
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.9
$0.77
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.49
$0.48
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.65
$1.07
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.4
$11.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.31
$3.15
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.79
$3.4
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.28
$1.94
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.11
$1.28
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.75
$2.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.15
$1.18
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$0.81
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.26
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.68
$0.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.37
$1.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.1
$6.49
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.14
$0.75
🚬 Cigarette pack
$8.08
$2.23
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.36
$2.63
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$1.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.83
$1.12
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.8
$0.95
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$49.9
$22.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.71
$3.11
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$21.6
$20.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.34
$4.17
👖 Brand Jeans
$25.3
$39.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$56.6
$54.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$210
$244
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1798
$7348

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Jamaica

City Cost of living Population
Kingston
$1016
580K
Spanish Town
$681
131K
Half Way Tree
$686
96.5K
Montego Bay
$880
110K
May Pen
$663
61.5K
Mandeville
$592
48.3K
Old Harbour
$655
28.7K
Savanna-la-Mar
$797
22.6K
Linstead
$813
22.8K
Port Antonio
$652
14.4K

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