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Cost of Living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 61.28
Rent Index: 15.56
Groceries Index: 60.28
Restaurants Index: 53.16
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 38.98
Local Purchasing Power: 30.27

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 346.00 RD$
250.00
500.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,873.82 RD$
1,500.00
2,000.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 300.00 RD$
248.23
350.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 85.00 RD$
70.00
100.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 138.64 RD$
120.00
150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 66.25 RD$
50.00
100.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 35.60 RD$
25.00
44.09
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 20.33 RD$
15.00
25.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 56.80 RD$
50.00
65.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 72.02 RD$
60.00
100.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 61.34 RD$
48.50
80.00
Eggs (12) 75.33 RD$
60.00
95.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 284.65 RD$
200.00
330.69
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 293.39 RD$
250.00
320.00
Apples (1kg) 209.08 RD$
125.00
400.00
Oranges (1kg) 99.94 RD$
80.00
132.27
Tomato (1kg) 85.59 RD$
75.00
100.00
Potato (1kg) 59.59 RD$
35.27
110.23
Lettuce (1 head) 38.33 RD$
30.00
45.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 45.00 RD$
40.00
50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 425.00 RD$
350.00
500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 77.50 RD$
60.00
100.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 123.33 RD$
100.00
150.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 141.00 RD$
125.00
200.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 25.00 RD$
25.00
25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,102.25 RD$
950.00
1,200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 150.00 RD$
150.00
200.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 80.00 RD$
50.00
100.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 250.00 RD$
200.00
300.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 66.40 RD$
63.40
68.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000.00 RD$
750,000.00
1,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 3,405.89 RD$
2,125.00
4,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 8.00 RD$
7.00
10.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,266.00 RD$
3,000.00
3,500.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,109.09 RD$
2,000.00
2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 416.67 RD$
250.00
500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 RD$
250.00
300.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,500.50 RD$
2,000.00
3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,625.00 RD$
2,000.00
3,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 3,777.78 RD$
2,500.00
4,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 4,679.28 RD$
3,500.00
6,613.50
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 19,338.33 RD$
15,000.00
25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,000.00 RD$
9,000.00
15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 37,349.90 RD$
25,000.00
48,499.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 22,374.85 RD$
17,636.00
33,067.50
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 47,601.40 RD$
40,000.00
52,908.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 26,681.89 RD$
26,454.00
26,909.78
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 22,000.00 RD$
15,000.00
25,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 13.83
13.00
14.00

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Last update: November, 2014

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13 Comments so far

#"Anonymous_again" on Nov 24, 2014 :
To Undisclosed:
It's me again, "Anonymous".... Actually with 380 EUR you CAN live in DR, however it wont be the best life.It is *almost* doable if you rent some cheap house and STAY IN ONE PLACE.
Actually I will be coming again very soon to DR and I plan to live here with 30,000 pesos/ month. Which is actually around 550 EUR....

The funny thing that you said about this 380 EUR/ 20,000 pesos is that...Really few people in DR earn such money....Most of the people dont get more than 10,000 pesos for work where they SWEAT 12h/ day....

I'm not sure what you wanted to say about "politicans" hiding the truth about salaries in DR. Unfortunately, if you only leave your all inclusive resort (which unfortunately not so many people do) or travel independently you can see poverty in many places...which is sad.
But there are few factors for it and very often Dominicans themselves are guilty of it due to their mentality and way of live
Saludos !
#Undisclosed on Nov 10, 2014 :
@Anonymous:

Finally someone who is writing the truth, and I'm glad that you at least wrote about it:

"as for the prices: it is really hard to live with those 10,000 DOP which is what most of Dominicans earn by HARD WORK (like working in comedor, colmado etc...)... while you see that prices of food are almost the same like in Europe...
plus - typical dominican food is not that good, "bread" is what I wouldnt call bread at all..."

This is one hard to swallow truth that politicians try to hide from outsiders, if you go there with your pension from another country (US/Europe) you live like a king there, but try to make a living with 380€ per month with European priced market there...
#Frank on Oct 28, 2014 :
Staying in Santo Domingo since 6 months, it has been an exciting place to get a new perspective, as this is a crazy sweet city. If you have accommodation in downtown and have a car to travel, you are pretty comfy and safe.
Dont be a regular at tourist places like Colonial Zona if you look like a tourist, but sit around at the colmado (small neighbourhood shops) nearest to you. Its fun mixing and getting to know your neighbours. You will also learn some Spanish in the process.
Dont give free money to beggars or anyone, you will attract all robbers and crazy people. But do share love and friendship by buying beers and smokes and food for poor people around. Dont ever give money for nothing.
The girls/women are a pain, they want marriage and an exit to America or Europe, even though they have local husbands n kids. They look very lovable but know difference between love n honey trap.
#Jaime on Jun 10, 2014 :
Santo Domingo is not the safest, Read the news, google it. Best place to be in dominican republic is las terrenas.
#alina on Apr 17, 2014 :
Please tell mi how many is prepay for one month with full internet.is true are 2105 pesos dominic.?
Please somebody request me.
#Haay on Apr 05, 2014 :
esos gringos son racista.. dique santo domingo es peligroso y sucio oyyee ahora es una de la ciudad la mas limpia y la menos peligroso del caribe, incluso es el pays mas dessaroiado del caribe
#Sergio on Apr 05, 2014 :
Santo Domingo is the best city in Carraibian to live..
#Anonymous on Jan 14, 2014 :
@ Maria...I was living in DR for year, travelled there by my own motorbike and nothing wrong happened to me... gracias @ dios... I'm white skin gringo from Europe...
It is not that hard as you say..though I didnt like Santo Domingo too...

as for the prices: it is really hard to live with those 10,000 DOP which is what most of Dominicans earn by HARD WORK (like working in comedor, colmado etc...)... while you see that prices of food are almost the same like in Europe...
plus - typical dominican food is not that good, "bread" is what I wouldnt call bread at all...

Yet, I stayed there for almost one year...Liked the country, the vibe, the beaches...The reason weren't local girls in 100 % ;-)
#Maria on Jul 17, 2013 :
In dr transportation is a nightmare, and price for gasoline is in gallons!! Ive lived here my whole life, most people use "public cars", these are old cars in really bad shape that stop wherever they want and give rides to 12 people in a car that's for 4 passengers, it costs 15 pesos for going down a street. Most people are ignorant and afraid of using metro, middle and rich people are the ones with cars, and most people dont respect the law, and people drink and drive as if this is super normal, in traffic you can get robbed by robbers in motorcycles, and they are armed. If you come to this country I suggest you stay at a hotel, and don't walk alone in these streets.
#Mladen on Apr 04, 2013 :
aleop, price for gasoline is in liters not gallons as displayed at the website. you can switch to imperial measurement units if you are more familiar with gallons. I think the price is ok, ti is not 6 year old, lol.
#aleop on Apr 01, 2013 :
The gas 62 DOP that was 6 years ago i think ejjejeje
the actual price is 235 DOP regular - 250 DOP special
#RealNative on Jan 23, 2013 :
bullshit, the metro sells monthly passes
#Nativo on Nov 29, 2011 :
There is no such thing of Monthly Pass transportantion in this country, just a large amount of syndicates, using the public transportation only for home-work travel you could spent an average of 80€ traveling inside the Capital City.

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