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Cost of Living in Jamaica

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 01, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in Jamaica is generally considered to be relatively low compared to other countries. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in Jamaica can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 USD per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500 USD per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Jamaica is usually around $15 to $20 USD per person.

Is the cost of living in Jamaica high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Jamaica, they wrote:

"The cost of living in Jamaica is generally considered to be moderate. Expenses such as groceries and general necessities are quite affordable, while luxury items, especially imported items, may be more costly. Salaries and wages, however, tend to be lower than in many other countries," added another person living in Jamaica.

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Will I save money living in Jamaica?

"It is possible to save money by living in Jamaica, depending on your lifestyle. For example, housing costs tend to be lower than in other countries, while certain types of food and other living costs may be more expensive. Additionally, factors such as job salaried and taxes paid to the government affect how much money is saved. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly analyze all your costs before making any decision," added another person living in Jamaica.

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What is the average cost of housing in Jamaica?

If you are thinking about moving to Jamaica, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The average cost of housing in Jamaica varies depending on the type of accommodation and location, but generally is relatively affordable," added another person living in Jamaica.

"I'm renting in Falmouth a gated community. 800 monthly, pay my own utilities was lucky it came furnished. The people stay to themselves. I've had very few conversations with other occupants. A car is extra helpful! But I’d never drive in JA. This will be my second year renting. Not sure about the buying & building for myself. Too old for that & have absolutely no patience for the process.. sending good vibes! I love Jamaica," explained one expat living in Jamaica.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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