Cost of Living in Mbale

Cost of living One person Family of 4
💰 Total with rent
$491
$1224
🛋️ Without rent
$306
$914
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$185
$310
🍽️ Food
$213
$565
🚐 Transport
$19.9
$52.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$126
😀 Quality of life
20
🏙️ Population
96.2K

The average cost of living in Mbale is $491, which is in the top 9% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 8451st out of 9294 in our global list and 6th out of 9 in Uganda.

The median after-tax salary is $126, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.3 months. Ranked 8984th (TOP 97%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 6th best city to live in Uganda. With an estimated population of 96.2K, Mbale is the 5th largest city in Uganda.

Why living in Mbale costs 3.9 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 Mbale for locals and expats differ significantly.

✈️ Closest airport 95 km Soroti Airport
😷 Air quality Moderate 23.2 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank 6776 Islamic University in Uganda
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Prices in Mbale

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$17
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.45
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.79
 Cappuccino
$1.71
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.42
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$76.5
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$63.2
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$200
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$171
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$25.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$39.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$93.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
24.24%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$759
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1110
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.86
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$23.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.93
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.1
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.34
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.63
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.26
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.36
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.11
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.85
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.13
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.57
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.57
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.65
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.34
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.54
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.71
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.04
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.82
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.3
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.9
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.54
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$16.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$7.13
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$13.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.34
👖 Brand Jeans
$42.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$99.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$88.3
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4222

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