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Jordan, All Areas

Jordan, All Areas

Cost of living in Jordan, 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 Jordan?

Climate: The climate is mostly arid desert with a rainy season in the west.

Language: The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken at all levels of society, including by taxi drivers and hotel staff. Other European languages are less commonly understood. It is appreciated if an attempt is made to use a few basic greetings and other words. Visitors are advised to learn the pronunciation of place names, particularly districts of Amman.

Religion: Islam.

Economy: The economy of Jordan is small with limited natural resources, but has improved much since its inception as a country. Jordan's economic resource base centres on phosphates, potash, and their fertilizer derivatives; tourism; overseas remittances; and foreign aid.

Inflation: 0.88% for Jordan as at August 2023.

Money: The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). ATMs are available in Amman but less so in the rest of the country.

Tax: In Jordan is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 30%.

Population: 10.2 Million (2022 est.)

Expat Life: Jordanians are generally happy to act as hosts and guides, and are most willing to inform visitors about their traditions and culture. Attitudes towards businesswomen are conservative and female expatriates may occasionally encounter patronising attitudes from Jordanian male counterparts. Business meetings are formal and business suits are appropriate for expatriates. Businesswomen can travel alone on business to Jordan. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The safety risk for expatriates in Jordan is low, but medium in the North-eastern border area with Iraq and the border area with Syria. Risks include petty crime in crowded areas, car theft, burglaries, traffic accidents, protests (that do not impact expatriates much), and terrorism. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour.

Health Care: Health care facilities outside Amman are basic. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been reported.

Jordan covers all areas within the country other than Amman.

Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Jordan?

The cost of living for expatriates in Jordan as at October 2023 is low in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 51 (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 Jordan is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is very high 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$1230. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$27.48, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$8.24, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$8.29 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$4.58.

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$860. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$51, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$97, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$81 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$58.

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$126. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$36, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$14.10 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average 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$19800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$12,807 for Primary School, and USD$14,252 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is low 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$1575. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$621, and USD$533 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is low 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$580. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.13, 1 kg oranges USD$0.85, 1 head lettuce USD$0.78, 1 kg potatos USD$0.52, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$3.26, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.38, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.51, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.61, 1 L full cream milk USD$7.31, and 1.5 L water USD$0.72.

7) Healthcare: Cost is low 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$510. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$42, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,278.

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$1400. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$1,825 in a central location, and USD$1,074 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$285. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.59, while an international newspaper is USD$1.72.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very low for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$220. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$17, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$87.

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$430. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$14.66, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$68 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is low 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$410. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.52, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.66, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$9.17, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$53.14.

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$510. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$5.10, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$32,422.

How does the cost of living in Jordan compare?

Jordan is -26.8% cheaper than USA for groceries, -52.7% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 0.2% more expensive for transport costs than India.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Jordan?

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

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