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.
What is most expensive city in Africa in 2020?
Khartoum in Sudan is the most expensive city for Expatriate’s to live, in the African region as at October 2020, with an overall cot of living index of 92.91. The deepening economic crisis in Sudan since the Sudanese army overthrew the longtime dictator has resulted in Sudan declaring an economic state of emergency after its currency fell sharply recently, setting up special courts to prosecute what officials called a “systematic operation” to vandalise the economy. In addition Sudan has declared a national emergency and designated the country a natural disaster zone after flooding killed dozens of people. Inflation is very high at 167% for August 2020
Kinshasa Second Most Expensive City in Africa in 2020
Kinshasa the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the second most expensive city in Africa for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cot of living index of 89.13.
Mogadishu Third Most Expensive City in Africa in 2020
Mogadishu is the third most expensive city in Africa for Expatriate’s to live, with an overall cot of living index of 85.35.
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 2020 are as follows:
- 1. Khartoum
- 2. Kinshasa
- 3. Mogadishu
- 4. Libreville
- 5. N'Djamena
- 6. Addis Ababa
- 7. Conakry
- 8. Bangui
- 9. Monrovia
- 10. Accra
Cost of Living Review for Africa as at October 2020
For more, read a free cost of living review for the following locations in Africa as at October 2020:
- Addis Ababa
- Cape Town
- Dar es Salaam
- Port Elizabeth
- Port Louis
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