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Cameroon, All Areas

Cameroon, All Areas

Cost of living in Cameroon, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023.

What is it like to live in Cameroon?

Climate: The climate varies with the terrain, from tropical along the coast to semi arid and hot in the north.

Language: The official languages are French and English. Business is mostly conducted in French. Although Cameroonian French is noticeably different from standard French and can be difficult to understand, this is less true among businesspeople and government officials.

Religion: Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs.

Economy: The economy of Cameroon is one of the ten highest in sub-Saharan Africa. Red tape, high taxes, and endemic corruption have impeded growth of the private sector. Unemployment was estimated at 30% in 2001, and about a third of the population was living below the international poverty threshold.

Inflation: 7.8% for Cameroon as at May 2023.

Money: The currency of Cameroon is the CFA Franc BEAC (XAF). Euros and US Dollars are the most widely accepted foreign currency. Cameroon is primarily a cash economy. Credit cards are accepted at some of the large supermarkets and petrol stations but not at most smaller shops and restaurants.

Tax: In Cameroon is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 38.5%.

Population: 26.5 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: The dress code is mostly formal, business suits are the norm. English and French are the common business languages. At executive level, Cameroon is male dominated, however, there is considerable respect for job titles. The safety risk for expatriates in Cameroon is medium, but high in the extreme north and in the Bakassi peninsula which is affected by militancy and criminality. Risks include petty and violent crime including armed robbery and carjacking's, as well as civil unrest.

Health Care: Health care facilities in Cameroon are poor and health care emergency facilities are extremely limited. For serious health care treatment, health care evacuation is usually required. There have been reports of polio. There is also a high risk of malaria and yellow fever transmission. There have been cholera outbreaks.

Cameroon covers all areas within the country other than Douala, and Yaounde.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Cameroon?

The cost of living for expatriates in Cameroon as at October 2023 is average in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 57.27 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Cameroon is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$480. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.06, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.52, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.28 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.26.

2) Clothing: Cost is average for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$880. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$55, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$104, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$120 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$59.

3) Communication: Cost is high for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$214. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$117, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$25.05 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is low for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$15900. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$10,416 for Primary School, and USD$11,591 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is high for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$2350. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$741, and USD$636 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is average for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$750. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.90, 1 kg oranges USD$0.74, 1 head lettuce USD$0.77, 1 kg potatos USD$0.95, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$3.15, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$9.19, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.30, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.72, 1 L full cream milk USD$11.39, and 1.5 L water USD$0.83.

7) Healthcare: Cost is average for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$620. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$50, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,542.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is low for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$1700. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,691 in a central location, and USD$1,465 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$290. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.63, while an international newspaper is USD$1.73.

10) Personal Care: Cost is low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$285. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$23, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$114.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$380. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.68, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$38 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.91, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.61, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.43, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$98.80.

13) Transport: Cost is low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$540. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$4.07, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$29,690.

How does the cost of living in Cameroon compare?

Cameroon is -5.2% cheaper than USA for groceries, -42.1% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 7.1% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Cameroon?

Cameroon is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Cameroon for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Cameroon) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.

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