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Cameroon, Yaounde

Cameroon, Yaounde

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

What is it like to live in Yaounde?

Yaounde: Yaounde is the capital city of Cameroon and second largest city in the country after Douala.

Economy: Major industries in Yaounde include tobacco, dairy products, breweries, clay, glass goods, and lumber. It is also a regional distribution centre for coffee, cocoa, copra, sugar cane, and rubber.

Inflation: 8.92% for Cameroon as at December 2022.

Yaounde Population: 2.4 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.

For other areas within the country see Cameroon.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Yaounde?

The cost of living for expatriates in Yaounde as at July 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 59.11 (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 Yaounde is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is 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$550. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$9.78, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.30, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.00 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.26.

2) Clothing: Cost is low for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$670. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$23, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$33, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$53 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$34.

3) Communication: Cost is average 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$168. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$50, 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$16200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$10,529 for Primary School, and USD$11,717 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very 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$2625. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$784, and USD$673 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is high 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$800. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.09, 1 kg oranges USD$0.87, 1 head lettuce USD$0.87, 1 kg potatos USD$0.74, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$2.64, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$7.38, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.05, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.01, 1 L full cream milk USD$10.62, and 1.5 L water USD$0.75.

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$630. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$51, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,572.

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$1650. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,233 in a central location, and USD$1,180 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$330. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.41, while an international newspaper is USD$1.97.

10) Personal Care: Cost is average for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$335. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$27, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$134.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is very high for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$425. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.14, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$40 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$470. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$1.81, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.16, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$4.34, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$43.43.

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$570. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$4.14, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$25,055.

How does the cost of living in Yaounde compare?

Yaounde is 9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 44.7% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -21% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Yaounde?

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

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