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Palestinian Territories, West Bank
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Palestinian Territories, West Bank

Cost of living in West Bank, 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 2020.

What is it like to live in West Bank?




West Bank: The West Bank is a landlocked territory and is the eastern part of the Palestinian territories; on the west bank of the Jordan River in the Middle East.

Economy: The first planned Palestinian city named Rawabi will be built north of Ramallah, with the help of funds from Qatar.

Inflation: -1.95% for Palestine as at June 2020.

West Bank Population: 3.3 Million (2020 est.)

Expat Life: Modest and conservative dress is appropriate and expatriates should wear suits for formal business meetings. The safety risk for expatriates in Palestine and the West Bank-Gaza Strip is medium, but extreme for Gaza. Risks include demonstrations, and clashes between Palestinians and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) including rocket fire and airstrikes.

Health Care: Health care facilities are good but can be expensive. Hospitals may insist on payment and may delay departure until bills are met. The Coronavirus COVID-19 total reported cases for Palestine as at 5 August 2020 is 13,065, with 89 deaths. The rate of deaths per 1 million population is 17.

For other areas within the country see Palestinian Territories.


Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in West Bank?



The cost of living for expatriates in West Bank as at July 2020 is high in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 73.95 (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 West Bank 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$1040. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$18.72, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$3.35, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$4.17 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$9.36.

2) Clothing: Cost is very high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$1140. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$67, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$97, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$72 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$80.

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$186. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$57, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.15 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$22800. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$14,866 for Primary School, and USD$16,543 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$2675. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$791, and USD$679 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$830. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.99, 1 kg oranges USD$2.43, 1 head lettuce USD$1.82, 1 kg potatos USD$1.74, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$10.19, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$8.71, 1 dozen large eggs USD$4.19, 500g loaf white bread USD$0.99, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.51, and 1.5 L water USD$1.12.

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$750. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$60, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,859.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is average 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$1900. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,137 in a central location, and USD$1,240 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$505. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$9.85, while an international newspaper is USD$3.03.

10) Personal Care: Cost is high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$345. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$28, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$139.

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$445. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$11.23, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$84 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$590. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.13, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$1.01, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$9.36, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$41.17.

13) Transport: Cost is high 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$970. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.81, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$39,731.


How does the cost of living in West Bank compare?

West Bank is 16.1% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 14.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 61.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.


What is the quality of life / hardship in West Bank?

West Bank is ranked as an extreme hardship location.The hardship premium for West Bank for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (West Bank) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.



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