Africa Expat Cost of Living Comparison
Overall African countries are some of the poorest and least developed in the world, with relatively low local cost of living expenses; however the cost of importing and transporting the international standard of goods that expatriates expect to purchase in the cities in this region makes it extremely expensive to maintain the lifestyle that they are used to.
Which city is the most expensive in Africa in 2023?
Lagos in Nigeria is the most expensive city in Africa to maintain an Expatriate life style, with an overall cost of living index of 89 (New York City = 100).
Second Most Expensive City in Africa in 2023
Abuja in Nigeria is the second most expensive city in Africa for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cost of living index of 88.
Third Most Expensive City in Africa in 2023
Libreville in Gabon is the third most expensive city in Africa for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cost of living index of 87.
Where does this expat cost of living information for Africa come from?
Xpatulator.com has been created to calculate expatriate pay using online calculators and an extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. The database is updated quarterly. Subscribers use this information to ensure expatriate salary spending power is maintained when on an international assignment. Salary spending power is affected by cost of living, hardship and exchange rate differences between the home and host location.
What is the cost of living comparison for Africa?
A cost of living comparison involves using a Cost of Living Index (COLI) as a numerical way of comparing cost of living, either over time, or by comparing the cost of living in different geographical locations. When comparing the cost of living between different locations the difference in the cost of living is expressed as an index by dividing the cost of living in Location A by the cost of living in Location B. The cost of living index indicates the difference in the cost of living between the two locations. The COLI for the most expensive cities in Africa is the result of dividing each locations cost of living by the cost of living in New York NY (USA) using all 13 basket groups. New York therefore has a COLI of 100 for global comparison purposes.
What are the top 10 most expensive cities to live in Africa?
The top 10 most expensive cities in Africa for an Expat as at October 2023 are as follows:
- 1. Lagos
- 2. Abuja
- 3. Libreville
- 4. Kano
- 5. Ibadan
- 6. Addis Ababa
- 7. N'Djamena
- 8. Mogadishu
- 9. Monrovia
- 10. Kinshasa
Cost of Living Review for Africa in 2023
For more, read a free cost of living review for the following locations in Africa as at October 2023:
- Addis Ababa
- Cape Town
- Dar es Salaam
- Port Elizabeth
- Port Louis
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