This Is The Cost Of Living In South Africa’s Cities


Getting gym fit or buying a beer costs more if you live in Johannesburg and Cape Town‚ compared with smaller cities‚ but Durban is the place to be if you want a city buzz and the best bang for your buck.

If you live in Durban‚ you pay less on rent‚ eating out and on groceries than you would in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Rent prices in Cape Town are 50.8% higher than in Durban‚ restaurant prices are 6.5% higher and groceries cost 8.9% more‚ a database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide published by Numbeo reveals.

“You would need around R27‚ 624 in Durban to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with R32‚000 in Cape Town‚” Numbeo says.

The cost of living comparison between Johannesburg and Durbanshows that rent prices in Johannesburg are 23.32% higher‚ restaurant prices are 6.87% higher and groceries prices are 20.47% higher.

According to the Numbeo database‚ rent prices are 22.69% higher inCape Town compared to Johannesburg. However‚ the results show that grocery prices in Cape Town are lower by 9.29% compared to Johannesburg.

A gym club monthly fee for one adult in Cape Town comes in at R470.50 – compared to R452 in Durban and R424 in Johannesburg.

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Smaller centres have all three cities beat‚ though.

Going to the gym will you cost up to R150 less in Blomfontein compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

When comparing Bloemfontein and Johannesburg‚ the database shows that rent prices in Bloemfontein are 47% lower than in Johannesburg. Restaurant prices are 10.60% lower in Bloemfontein and grocery prices are 7.34 % less than Johannesburg. 

A dozen of eggs are R5 more in Johannesburg compared to Bloemfontein. You will also spend R19.50 on local beer in Bloemfontein‚ while it is R23‚50 in Johannesburg.

According to the database‚ rent prices in Johannesburg are 47.19%higher than in Port Elizabeth. Restaurant prices are 17.4% higher in the city of gold than in the friendly city. Grocery prices are also 3.65% higher in Johannesburg compared to PE.

A breakdown of these percentages shows that a meal in an inexpensive restaurant in Port Elizabeth costs R80‚ while it is R110 in Johannesburg. For a mid-range three course meal for two people‚ you spend R400 in Johannesburg‚ while it is R375 in Port Elizabeth.


A Port Elizabeth resident pays R23.50 for a domestic beer‚ and a Johannesburg resident spends R25 on the same. A regular cappuccino costs R21.34 in Johannesburg‚ while it is R19.74 in Port Elizabeth.

Milk‚ bread and eggs are‚ however‚ more expensive in Port Elizabeth than they are in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg residents spend R1‚049 on utilities (water‚ electricity‚ refuse)‚ while in Port Elizabeth residents spend R848‚ the data shows.

“You would need around R32‚090 in Johannesburg to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with R28‚000 in Port Elizabeth (assuming you rent in both cities)‚” says Numbeo.

Overall‚ South Africa offers a great standard of life – coming in as the 19th cheapest place in the world to live in. The cheapest is India.

Numbeo shows that the cost of living in South Africa is 51% lower than in the United States‚ using aggregate data for all cities.

It is cheaper than even small-town America: Rent prices in Johannesburg are 36.8% lower than in Bath‚ New York (population 12‚000)‚ while restaurant prices are 49.8% cheaper in Johannesburg compared to Bath‚ New York. Johannesburg residents spend 57% less than Bath residents‚ the database reveals.

Check your town here.


Source: Times Live

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