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Cost of Living - Africa July 2013

The most expensive countries in Africa are: Angola; Nigeria; Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; and Ghana. The most expensive cities to live in are: Luanda (Second most expensive in the world);  Abuja;  Lagos;  Kano;  and  Ibadan.  The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is Tunis in Tunisia (15th cheapest in the world).

The biggest mover down the rankings is Gaborone in Botswana, which has dropped from 543th in April to become the 667th most expensive location in the world. The biggest mover up the rankings is Monrovia in Liberia. Monrovia has risen from 245th in April to become the 126th most expensive location in the world. 

Xpatulator’s Cost of Living rankings are released every quarter and measure the comparative cost of living for expatriate professionals in 780 cities, covering every country worldwide.  The cost of 13 basket groups with over 140 items are compared in each location, these include alcohol and tobacco, clothing, communication, education, furniture and appliances, groceries, healthcare, housing, personal care, recreation and culture, restaurants-meals-out and hotels, and transport.

To provide an assignee, sent from a low cost of living country to a more expensive country, with a similar purchasing power to what they have in their home country, requires an adjustment to their assignment salary.  The amount of adjustment depends on which country they come from. The larger the difference in cost of living, the larger the adjustment required to ensure a similar level of purchasing power in the host country.

The below ranking shows the overall Cost of Living Rankings in Africa by city:

  1. Angola, Luanda
  2. Nigeria, Abuja
  3. Nigeria, Lagos
  4. Nigeria, Kano
  5. Nigeria, Ibadan
  6. Mozambique, Maputo
  7. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  8. Central African Republic, Bangui
  9. Guinea, Conakry
  10. Liberia, Monrovia
  11. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  12. Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  13. Ghana, Accra
  14. Eritrea, Asmara
  15. Saint Helena, Jamestown
  16. Chad, N'Djamena
  17. Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
  18. Cameroon, Douala
  19. Zambia, Lusaka
  20. Gabon, Libreville
  21. Benin, Cotonou
  22. Congo, Brazzaville
  23. Senegal, Dakar
  24. Tanzania, Zanzibar
  25. Sudan, Khartoum
  26. Togo, Lome
  27. Somalia, Mogadishu
  28. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
  29. Djibouti, Djibouti
  30. Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  31. Comoros, Moroni
  32. Niger, Niamey
  33. Zimbabwe, Harare
  34. Cape Verde, Praia
  35. Libya, Tripoli
  36. Cameroon, Yaounde
  37. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
  38. South Africa, Johannesburg
  39. Seychelles, Victoria
  40. Malawi, Lilongwe
  41. Kenya, Nairobi
  42. South Africa, Pretoria
  43. South Africa, Bloemfontein
  44. Libya, Benghazi
  45. Mali, Bamako
  46. South Africa, Cape Town
  47. Uganda, Kampala
  48. Burundi, Bujumbura
  49. Cote D'Ivoire, Abidjan
  50. South Africa, Durban
  51. Gambia, Banjul
  52. Morocco, Fez
  53. Mauritius, Port Louis
  54. Madagascar, Antananarivo
  55. South Africa, Port Elizabeth
  56. Namibia, Windhoek
  57. Egypt, Gizeh
  58. Swaziland, Mbabane
  59. Rwanda, Kigali
  60. Botswana, Gaborone
  61. Morocco, Rabat
  62. Lesotho, Maseru
  63. Morocco, Marrakech
  64. Kenya, Mombasa
  65. Mauritania, Nouakchott
  66. Egypt, Cairo
  67. Egypt, Alexandria
  68. Morocco, Casablanca
  69. Algeria, Algiers
  70. Tunisia, Tunis


The below ranking shows the Cost of Living Rankings in Africa by city excluding housing, education, healthcare and transport basket groups:


  1. Angola, Luanda
  2. Eritrea, Asmara
  3. Nigeria, Lagos
  4. Nigeria, Abuja
  5. Congo, Brazzaville
  6. Central African Republic, Bangui
  7. Nigeria, Kano
  8. Nigeria, Ibadan
  9. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  10. Chad, N'Djamena
  11. Cameroon, Douala
  12. Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  13. Liberia, Monrovia
  14. Senegal, Dakar
  15. Guinea, Conakry
  16. Togo, Lome
  17. Sudan, Khartoum
  18. Somalia, Mogadishu
  19. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  20. Gabon, Libreville
  21. Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  22. Comoros, Moroni
  23. Cameroon, Yaounde
  24. Benin, Cotonou
  25. Niger, Niamey
  26. Burundi, Bujumbura
  27. Saint Helena, Jamestown
  28. Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
  29. Mali, Bamako
  30. Tanzania, Zanzibar
  31. Mozambique, Maputo
  32. Djibouti, Djibouti
  33. Seychelles, Victoria
  34. Cote D'Ivoire, Abidjan
  35. Cape Verde, Praia
  36. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
  37. Rwanda, Kigali
  38. Malawi, Lilongwe
  39. Ghana, Accra
  40. Zimbabwe, Harare
  41. Zambia, Lusaka
  42. Libya, Benghazi
  43. Libya, Tripoli
  44. Namibia, Windhoek
  45. Madagascar, Antananarivo
  46. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
  47. South Africa, Pretoria
  48. Egypt, Gizeh
  49. Kenya, Nairobi
  50. Mauritania, Nouakchott
  51. South Africa, Johannesburg
  52. Lesotho, Maseru
  53. Morocco, Marrakech
  54. South Africa, Cape Town
  55. Kenya, Mombasa
  56. Uganda, Kampala
  57. South Africa, Durban
  58. Morocco, Rabat
  59. Mauritius, Port Louis
  60. Botswana, Gaborone
  61. South Africa, Bloemfontein
  62. Egypt, Alexandria
  63. Egypt, Cairo
  64. South Africa, Port Elizabeth
  65. Morocco, Fez
  66. Swaziland, Mbabane
  67. Gambia, Banjul
  68. Algeria, Algiers
  69. Morocco, Casablanca
  70. Tunisia, Tunis


The cost of living ranking information contained in this article is updated quarterly using data collected by Xpatulator.com over the past 12 months. The international cost of living indexes, on which the rankings are based, is only available using Xpatulator.com's online expatriate calculators that enable users to create personalized cost of living comparison reports which include:

Published by Xpatulator.com on 1 July 2013.

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