Without rent, a single person's monthly expenditures are expected to be $451 ($446,801RF). Rwanda's cost of living is, on average, 51.74 percent cheaper than that of the United States. The price of groceries is the highest among all major categories. However, electricity is relatively affordable at 9.64 cents per kilowatt-hour (¢/kWh). This is more than twice the national average but still lower than most other African countries.
According to the latest available data, the total cost of living index in Rwanda is 23.3, which means that it is neither very expensive nor very cheap compared with other countries. All variables used to calculate the index can be found in our full article.
Transportation is very expensive in Rwanda. The cost of getting around by car is high due to the lack of public transportation and the high prices of gasoline. Also, be aware that traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death for young people.
Healthcare is relatively inexpensive in Rwanda. Doctors provide their services for free. Patients have to pay only for tests and procedures done at hospital laboratories.
Education is very expensive in Rwanda. In fact, it is the largest expense for many families.
The cost of living in Kigali, Rwanda, is summarized below: Without rent, a single person's monthly expenditures are expected to be $448 (448,453RF). Kigali is 66.15 percent cheaper than New York (without rent). Kigali's rent is, on average, 82.69 percent less than that of New York. Therefore, with rent included, you should expect to spend 51.93 percent more in Kigali than in New York.
Here are the monthly costs of living in Kigali:
Food: $75.07 Transportation: $40.74 Utilities: $6.82 Health care: $23.81 Rent: $761.26
In conclusion, living in Rwanda is not only affordable but also very feasible for those who want to live within a reasonable budget.
A overview of the cost of living in Kigali, Rwanda: monthly expenditures of 1,589 USD (1,589,890RF) without rent. Without rent, a single person's monthly expenditures are expected to be $448 (448,447RF).
Inflation over time makes it difficult to say what amount of money will buy you what item or service. We can only estimate the cost of living for each city. In addition, crime and poverty may affect where you live and how much you have.
We used data from "Country Reports" on Rwanda by the United States Department of State. The report provides information on safety and security, as well as health care and housing conditions in different cities across the country.
The report states that there has been significant progress in reducing poverty in Rwanda but also notes that extreme poverty remains widespread. In 2017, the poverty rate was reported to be 19.4 percent, compared with 57 percent for Burundi and 46 percent for the DRC. This means that almost two out of five Rwandans were living below the poverty line in 2017.
There are two main factors that influence the cost of living in Rwanda: food and transport. Both are relatively expensive compared with most other countries. The report indicates that food prices are high due to limited agricultural production and an increasing population.
Without rent, a family of four would spend $4,691 per month. Without rent, a single person's monthly expenditures are expected to be $1,423. The cost of living in Congo is 44.61 percent more on average than in the United States. Rent in Congo is 1.88 percent cheaper on average than in the United States.
Including rent, food, transportation, and other expenses, the total cost of living in Congo is $57,265 per year. This is 14.02 percent more than the national average.
The most expensive place to live in Congo is Kinshasa. With a monthly budget of $634, Dja Founa residents have enough money for all their needs. Below is the list of cities in order of expense: Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, Goma, Lubumbashi. Each has a different cost of living due to differences in prices of goods and services.
Congo has a very high cost of living compared to most other countries in Africa. Although there are few low-income families, due to the high price of basic goods and services, many people are currently unable to afford necessary items.
People need to be aware that although rents are declining in many cities, this does not mean that you can live cheaply. In fact, it may even be harder now than ever before to find cheap accommodation.