Whether you're living in Jamaica or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

77,000 JMD

average per month

19,000 JMD

Range

160,000 JMD

150,000 JMD

average per month

29,000 JMD

Range

230,000 JMD

230,000 JMD

average per month

68,000 JMD

Range

350,000 JMD

58,000 JMD

average per month

9,700 JMD

Range

130,000 JMD

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Jamaica is 77,000 JMD. Expenses can range from 19,000 JMD at the minimum level to 160,000 JMD at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Jamaica is 150,000 JMD. Expenditure can range from 29,000 JMD to 230,000 JMD per month.

The average cost of living for families in Jamaica is 230,000 JMD per month. Families spend anywhere from 68,000 JMD to 350,000 JMD.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Jamaica is 58,000 JMD. Students spend from 9,700 JMD to 130,000 JMD per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

19 JMD

19 JMD

19 JMD

combo meal

190 JMD

140 JMD

320 JMD

meal for one

640 JMD

510 JMD

810 JMD

meal for one

1,600 JMD

1,100 JMD

1,900 JMD

Soft Drink

16 JMD

16 JMD

16 JMD

or latte

130 JMD

81 JMD

190 JMD

large bottle

97 JMD

81 JMD

110 JMD

bread

14 JMD

12 JMD

16 JMD

eggs

97 JMD

81 JMD

120 JMD

chicken

220 JMD

180 JMD

280 JMD

1 kg or 1 lb

250 JMD

210 JMD

320 JMD

1 kg or 1 lb

140 JMD

120 JMD

160 JMD

1 kg or 1 lb

64 JMD

54 JMD

81 JMD

1 kg or 1 lb

69 JMD

60 JMD

74 JMD

1 kg or 1 lb

67 JMD

59 JMD

74 JMD

taxi ride

97 JMD

81 JMD

190 JMD

full tank

640 JMD

480 JMD

1,300 JMD

1-day rental

640 JMD

480 JMD

970 JMD

price

480,000 JMD

240,000 JMD

640,000 JMD

one way

24 JMD

16 JMD

48 JMD

Service

970 JMD

640 JMD

1,900 JMD

and water bill

4,600 JMD

1,200 JMD

9,900 JMD

and water bill

5,800 JMD

1,500 JMD

12,000 JMD

and water bill

9,300 JMD

2,000 JMD

10,000 JMD

and cable

970 JMD

480 JMD

1,300 JMD

charges

640 JMD

390 JMD

1,900 JMD

ticket

320 JMD

240 JMD

480 JMD

membership

970 JMD

770 JMD

1,900 JMD

or pants

810 JMD

570 JMD

1,200 JMD

dress

740 JMD

540 JMD

2,400 JMD

shoes

690 JMD

510 JMD

1,600 JMD

shoes

540 JMD

440 JMD

1,100 JMD

suit

600 JMD

480 JMD

3,200 JMD

t-shirt

320 JMD

240 JMD

970 JMD

apartment

12,000 JMD

8,100 JMD

32,000 JMD

apartment

19,000 JMD

12,000 JMD

48,000 JMD

apartment

24,000 JMD

16,000 JMD

64,000 JMD

apartment

2,400,000 JMD

1,600,000 JMD

4,800,000 JMD

apartment

3,200,000 JMD

1,900,000 JMD

12,000,000 JMD

apartment

9,700,000 JMD

3,200,000 JMD

19,000,000 JMD

Bed

12,000 JMD

9,700 JMD

16,000 JMD

Bed

9,700 JMD

6,400 JMD

12,000 JMD

Bed

7,400 JMD

5,700 JMD

9,700 JMD

Room

14,000 JMD

11,000 JMD

48,000 JMD

Table

6,400 JMD

4,800 JMD

12,000 JMD

or Couch

8,800 JMD

6,400 JMD

19,000 JMD

Set

9,700 JMD

6,400 JMD

19,000 JMD

or Freezer

8,800 JMD

5,700 JMD

12,000 JMD

Machine

11,000 JMD

7,400 JMD

19,000 JMD

or Cooker

8,800 JMD

6,900 JMD

12,000 JMD

Phone

9,700 JMD

8,100 JMD

14,000 JMD

or Computer

11,000 JMD

8,800 JMD

19,000 JMD

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Jamaica

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 7,000 JMD |

AVERAGE | 28,000 JMD |

HIGH | 59,000 JMD |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 1,200 JMD |

AVERAGE | 4,600 JMD |

HIGH | 9,900 JMD |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 1,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 6,200 JMD |

HIGH | 13,000 JMD |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 3,100 JMD |

AVERAGE | 12,000 JMD |

HIGH | 26,000 JMD |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 1,700 JMD |

AVERAGE | 7,000 JMD |

HIGH | 15,000 JMD |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 970 JMD |

AVERAGE | 3,900 JMD |

HIGH | 8,200 JMD |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 390 JMD |

AVERAGE | 1,500 JMD |

HIGH | 3,300 JMD |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 3,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 14,000 JMD |

HIGH | 30,000 JMD |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Jamaica

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 9,600 JMD |

AVERAGE | 48,000 JMD |

HIGH | 77,000 JMD |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 1,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 5,800 JMD |

HIGH | 12,000 JMD |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 3,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 17,000 JMD |

HIGH | 28,000 JMD |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 4,100 JMD |

AVERAGE | 20,000 JMD |

HIGH | 32,000 JMD |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 3,200 JMD |

AVERAGE | 16,000 JMD |

HIGH | 26,000 JMD |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 1,700 JMD |

AVERAGE | 8,700 JMD |

HIGH | 14,000 JMD |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 580 JMD |

AVERAGE | 2,900 JMD |

HIGH | 4,600 JMD |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 4,900 JMD |

AVERAGE | 25,000 JMD |

HIGH | 39,000 JMD |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Jamaica

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 22,000 JMD |

AVERAGE | 74,000 JMD |

HIGH | 110,000 JMD |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 2,000 JMD |

AVERAGE | 9,300 JMD |

HIGH | 10,000 JMD |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 5,400 JMD |

AVERAGE | 19,000 JMD |

HIGH | 28,000 JMD |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 12,000 JMD |

AVERAGE | 42,000 JMD |

HIGH | 63,000 JMD |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 5,400 JMD |

AVERAGE | 19,000 JMD |

HIGH | 28,000 JMD |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 3,400 JMD |

AVERAGE | 12,000 JMD |

HIGH | 17,000 JMD |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 9,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 32,000 JMD |

HIGH | 49,000 JMD |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 8,100 JMD |

AVERAGE | 28,000 JMD |

HIGH | 42,000 JMD |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Jamaica

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 2,300 JMD |

AVERAGE | 14,000 JMD |

HIGH | 30,000 JMD |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 390 JMD |

AVERAGE | 2,300 JMD |

HIGH | 5,000 JMD |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 680 JMD |

AVERAGE | 4,100 JMD |

HIGH | 8,800 JMD |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 1,900 JMD |

AVERAGE | 12,000 JMD |

HIGH | 25,000 JMD |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 580 JMD |

AVERAGE | 3,500 JMD |

HIGH | 7,500 JMD |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 480 JMD |

AVERAGE | 2,900 JMD |

HIGH | 6,300 JMD |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 1,800 JMD |

AVERAGE | 11,000 JMD |

HIGH | 24,000 JMD |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 1,500 JMD |

AVERAGE | 8,700 JMD |

HIGH | 19,000 JMD |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Jamaica typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 41,000 JMD with expenditure ranging from 10,000 JMD and 69,000 JMD. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Jamaica ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 5,500 JMD with 1,300 JMD and 9,200 JMD being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 2,800 JMD to 19,000 JMD on commuting with 12,000 JMD being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Jamaica is 22,000 JMD. The cost of groceries can range between 5,300 JMD to 37,000 JMD. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Jamaica allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 2,700 JMD to 19,000 JMD with 11,000 JMD being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 1,600 JMD to 11,000 JMD with 6,800 JMD being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 12,000 JMD per month with 3,100 JMD being the minimum spent amount and 20,000 JMD being the maximum.