Cost of Living – Africa April 2013

Cost of Living Rankings for Africa October 2012The most expensive countries in Africa are: AngolaNigeriaDemocratic Republic of CongoCentral African Republic, and Mozambique
The most expensive cities to live in are: Luanda (Fourth most expensive in the world); Abuja; Lagos; Kinshasa; and Kano
The cheapest city for expatriates to live in is: Tunis in Tunisia (774 most expensive in the world)

The biggest mover down the rankings is Maseru in Lesotho, one of the poorest countries in the world, which has dropped to become the 658th most expensive location in the world.
The biggest mover up the rankings is Cameroon. Douala has risen to be the 187th most expensive location in the world while Yaounde has risen to be ranked 364th 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. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  5. Nigeria, Kano
  6. Nigeria, Ibadan
  7. Central African Republic, Bangui
  8. Mozambique, Maputo
  9. Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  10. Gabon, Libreville
  11. Guinea, Conakry
  12. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  13. Chad, N’Djamena
  14. Ghana, Accra
  15. Eritrea, Asmara
  16. Saint Helena, Jamestown
  17. Cameroon, Douala
  18. Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
  19. Zambia, Lusaka
  20. Senegal, Dakar
  21. Benin, Cotonou
  22. Congo, Brazzaville
  23. Tanzania, Zanzibar
  24. Togo, Lome
  25. Liberia, Monrovia
  26. Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  27. Niger, Niamey
  28. Djibouti, Djibouti
  29. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
  30. Comoros, Moroni
  31. Cape Verde, Praia
  32. Sudan, Khartoum
  33. Libya, Tripoli
  34. Zimbabwe, Harare
  35. Cameroon, Yaounde
  36. Somalia, Mogadishu
  37. South Africa, Johannesburg
  38. Malawi, Lilongwe
  39. Mali, Bamako
  40. South Africa, Pretoria
  41. South Africa, Bloemfontein
  42. Libya, Benghazi
  43. Burundi, Bujumbura
  44. South Africa, Cape Town
  45. Kenya, Nairobi
  46. Egypt, Gizeh
  47. Uganda, Kampala
  48. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
  49. South Africa, Durban
  50. Namibia, Windhoek
  51. Seychelles, Victoria
  52. Gambia, Banjul
  53. Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan
  54. Morocco, Fez
  55. Botswana, Gaborone
  56. Mauritius, Port Louis
  57. South Africa, Port Elizabeth
  58. Swaziland, Mbabane
  59. Madagascar, Antananarivo
  60. Lesotho, Maseru
  61. Morocco, Rabat
  62. Rwanda, Kigali
  63. Egypt, Cairo
  64. Egypt, Alexandria
  65. Morocco, Marrakech
  66. Kenya, Mombasa
  67. Morocco, Casablanca
  68. Mauritania, Nouakchott
  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. Central African Republic, Bangui
  6. Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa
  7. Congo, Brazzaville
  8. Guinea-Bissau, Bissau
  9. Nigeria, Kano
  10. Chad, N’Djamena
  11. Nigeria, Ibadan
  12. Cameroon, Douala
  13. Sierra Leone, Freetown
  14. Senegal, Dakar
  15. Gabon, Libreville
  16. Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  17. Togo, Lome
  18. Liberia, Monrovia
  19. Burundi, Bujumbura
  20. Niger, Niamey
  21. Guinea, Conakry
  22. Benin, Cotonou
  23. Cameroon, Yaounde
  24. Comoros, Moroni
  25. Mali, Bamako
  26. Equatorial Guinea, Malabo
  27. Saint Helena, Jamestown
  28. Sudan, Khartoum
  29. Somalia, Mogadishu
  30. Djibouti, Djibouti
  31. Tanzania, Zanzibar
  32. Mozambique, Maputo
  33. Cape Verde, Praia
  34. Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan
  35. Rwanda, Kigali
  36. Zambia, Lusaka
  37. Zimbabwe, Harare
  38. Namibia, Windhoek
  39. Libya, Benghazi
  40. Ghana, Accra
  41. Egypt, Gizeh
  42. Seychelles, Victoria
  43. Malawi, Lilongwe
  44. Libya, Tripoli
  45. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam
  46. Madagascar, Antananarivo
  47. South Africa, Pretoria
  48. Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
  49. Kenya, Nairobi
  50. Mauritania, Nouakchott
  51. Botswana, Gaborone
  52. South Africa, Johannesburg
  53. Morocco, Marrakech
  54. Egypt, Alexandria
  55. Egypt, Cairo
  56. South Africa, Cape Town
  57. Lesotho, Maseru
  58. Kenya, Mombasa
  59. Gambia, Banjul
  60. South Africa, Durban
  61. Morocco, Rabat
  62. Mauritius, Port Louis
  63. Uganda, Kampala
  64. Morocco, Fez
  65. South Africa, Bloemfontein
  66. Swaziland, Mbabane
  67. South Africa, Port Elizabeth
  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 over the past 12 months. The international cost of living indexes, on which the rankings are based, is only available using’s online expatriate calculators that enable users to create personalized cost of living comparison reports which include:

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