Cost of Living in Davao

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 55.00 ₱ 50.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 ₱ 600.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 85.00 ₱ 60.00-180.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 32.50 ₱ 25.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 65.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 60.00 ₱ 60.00-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 22.50 ₱ 18.00-60.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 17.50 ₱ 10.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 285.80 ₱ 264.98-317.97
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 36.29 ₱ 36.29-58.97
Rice (white), (1 lb) 23.36 ₱ 19.05-29.03
Eggs (regular) (12) 56.00 ₱ 56.00-90.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 96.84 ₱ 45.36-544.31
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 77.11 ₱ 63.50-108.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 81.65 ₱ 81.65-172.37
Apples (1 lb) 27.22 ₱ 27.22-68.04
Banana (1 lb) 18.14 ₱ 13.61-36.29
Oranges (1 lb) 27.22 ₱ 27.22-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 24.19 ₱ 9.07-65.77
Potato (1 lb) 46.27 ₱ 31.75-63.50
Onion (1 lb) 31.75 ₱ 26.31-67.13
Lettuce (1 head) 59.00 ₱ 40.00-80.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 30.00 ₱ 30.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 255.50 ₱ 160.00-600.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 34.00 ₱ 22.37-70.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 80.00 ₱ 80.00-160.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 75.00 ₱ 60.00-120.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 ₱ 8.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 213.30 ₱ 200.00-226.61
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.73 ₱ 19.63-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 105.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 171.61 ₱ 136.27-198.13
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,350,000.00 ₱ 1,350,000.00-2,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,275,000.00 ₱ 550,000.00-2,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,250.00 ₱ 2,000.00-10,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 8.33 ₱ 4.00-12.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,500.00 ₱ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,666.67 ₱ 1,000.00-2,400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 50.00 ₱ 50.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 195.00 ₱ 160.00-300.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 9,070.83 ₱ 3,583.33-30,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 39,000.00 ₱ 35,000.00-80,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,366.67 ₱ 1,000.00-4,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 550.00 ₱ 300.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,666.67 ₱ 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,700.00 ₱ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,955.56 ₱ 5,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,333.33 ₱ 3,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 28,169.83 ₱ 15,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 12,166.67 ₱ 7,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,402.87 ₱ 6,841.09-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,001.44 ₱ 1,199.99-4,802.89
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,000.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.17 5.00-10.00

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37 Comments so far

#Ray on Aug 11, 2019 :
I'm an American and have lived in or near Davao for 12 years now. Family of four, upper middle class lifestyle (not in city center) runs about $1750/month including things like private schools. We own our house so don't pay rent but you can easily find a decent rental house for between $100 & $200 a month in most housing tracks not in the downtown area. Sorry, no downtown expenses experience. I've always felt safe here, even when walking alone at night, find the greatest majority of people to be friendly and the majority of people in the city speak at least basic English. Davao itself is the 8th largest city in the world in land mass so it's population density is low except in the city center. Locals might think there is a lot of traffic but trust me, It's about as good as any city in the world.

I may be wrong but I believe that to have a permanent visa, you either need to be married to a Filipino citizen (my wife is Filipina) or put a $20,000 refundable deposit in a bank to get a retirement visa. That deposit will need to stay as long as you are in the Philippines (Check with immigration for details). Foreigners can never become Filipino citizens and cannot be the title bearer for real estate. (Community property country so it's really more of a technicality).

For me, it's the perfect place to retire (laid back atmosphere, if you are somebody that is in a hurry to do everything, this isn't likely the place for you) and the perfect place to raise children. Moving here was the best decision of my life.
#Berniem on Jul 02, 2019 :
Kent, I don't why your accountant told you 12 weeks. There is no truth in his comments. I am on the Australian Aged Pension. 2 weeks after I turned 65, I left Cairns and moved to Thailand. I was there for 4 years and now live in Davao. I have been back 3 times in that time. Only to see my doctor for scrips and keep Medicare going. After 6 weeks out of Aust, you lose about $65 a fortnight, out of your supplement. I live comfortably on my pension.
#Kent on May 26, 2019 :
Tony C. I am on an Australian aged pension. An accountant told me that I can only get the pension for twelve weeks when abroad. Why do you get it?.
#Anonymous on Jan 18, 2019 :
How do you determine the Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.88 cos the last time I checked 6.88 is only good for 5 yrs fix on banks.
#Tony C on Jan 11, 2019 :
#Robert... I live here quite comfortably on my Australian Pension which is approximately $1,300 US. This does not include rent as I bought a house here and so do not need to pay rent. In the nine months that I looked around to buy our house I paid $400 US/month rent and still managed a comfortable life style. Generally you would require a months rent deposit and a month in advance although they say here it is the first month and the last months rent.
#Robert on Jan 05, 2019 :
Could I blindly make a decent go at starting a life in Davao on say USD 1,300.00 a month? I read in Thailand landlords want like 4 months deposit and 1 year rent up front. My question is, how do the Phillipino landlords do it. How much up front costs would I reasonably need on hand to rent a single room or studio with air conditioning? Any suggestions will help greatly. Thank you all in advance....
#Anonymous on Nov 08, 2018 :
monthly estimate expenses of small business and large business? particularly utilities
#Roberto on Aug 10, 2018 :
The cost of tennis court in almost all clubs in Davao is php 50 per day, not per hour.
I play tennis here in many places, it is absolutely not true that the cost per hour is php 270.
Of course I consider only the cost of the court. Ballboy, balls or other costs are not included
#Faye on Jul 12, 2018 :
@Ian Rees lol. then you aren't living in city centre that's why it's cheap in your area. for those living in city centre, electricity costs around 3.5k-4k and DECENT apartments aren't priced as low as 2k. decent ones go for 6k outside of city centre+
#Ian Rees on Feb 18, 2018 :
Some of your Costs are way out, For example the monthly cost of Electricity and water For our Family is , Electricity 1500 Pesos, Water 450 Pesos
also the rent for some Properties on our Subdivision is as low as 2000 Pesos to 10,000 Pesos
#gracy on Oct 16, 2017 :
#Alex It is a nice place if you like near oceans and land trips. Food is a bit cheaper but housing it depends of what type of house you gonna need 20K$ is a good start to live, you can live a comfortable life with it. For me, it depends how you will utilize that amount. Hope this will help
#Alex on Oct 15, 2017 :
Is Davao City a nice place to live and settle down in and start a family? I live in the US right now but am having serious thoughts of moving. Would I have a comfortable life bringing about 20k usd? Would really appreciate some advice. Thank you...
#Anonymous on Sep 16, 2017 :
I lived near Davao City and I visit the nearby city every now and then.

The criminal rate is low unlike what other people tell here. Of course you will get into trouble if you flash your money in public. Everyone should obviously follow the city ordinances too.

As a city in Mindanao, Davao city is subjected to Martial Law. Contrary to the news in the national tv, the residents do not feel harassed. The people even want to augment the duration of Martial Law. Haha.

The prices of commodities and services are astoundingly lower than other cities in Mindanao or in the Philippines. There is also an organic farming and horticulture revolution that is happening.

I'd not say that Davao City is the safest place in the whole world, but it is the most livable city here in the Philippines.
#Anonymous on Jun 10, 2017 :
Mikey Johnson
There is no trouble as long as you follow this new rules.
Always bring your passport or idcard, and dont brag about your money.
#Mikey Johnson on Jun 10, 2017 :
Despite the issues of martial law and news surrounding Davao City, is this place still safe?

I'm fairly certain that places like Syria or Yemen never get qualified as safe in speech for a lot of different reason. Davao, on the other hand, has quite a few draws, especially for a single guy. Does anyone know?
#Wille J on May 13, 2017 :
Comment to Max.
To me it seems like you are a complaining person. You dont want anything to get better for anyone. Why cant you let them have their smartphones. Why dont you let people that make money use there money on what they want. I think you need to get far away in Siberia to get what you want.
Davao is a good place that is getting better. People start to get better homes and a better life.
Philippinos are still great, if you think otherwise you need to visit more places around the world. When the big company moves in it create more job. People will earn money. With money comes better eating, better healt, better education, better life. That 100 square for 17 million pesos are at places were only extreme rich can go. That places have always been here. Stop complaining, enjoy what you got, smile and keep walking.
#max on May 07, 2017 :
I am attached to Davao since 2001(for serious reason), It WAS a nice place to be, not anymore thanks to idiots foreigners( lonely loosers and perverts) and technology(smartphones,internet,watsapp,skype). Now is May 2017 Davao is packed with foreigners, indians are everywhere, traffic is insane, big malls, filipinos dont greet anymore as it was in 2014 even, Toyotas,BMW,Mercedes you name it, all kind of cars(and not cheap ones) filipinos are changing to the worst, loosing their hospitable spirit because money taking over their minds, and all that agressive movies from the sick doomed west that they show on TV get translated to bisaya or tagalog language makes filipinos like westerners( agressive, narrow minded, fake creatures). Hope karaoke will save filipino heart.
Big companies are moved in, condos are built left and right, i just know around 10 ongoing big projects that going on right now as i type this, prices hmmmm, 100 square meters 3 bedroom 17million pesos(more than 300.000$), this place is doomed to distruction( loosing its Davao spirit, peaceful, laid back, uncrowded town).
Plus Abusayaf became very active, MNLF, NPA also do attacks, there is other clashes that happen basically every day and TV did not report.
For me Davao was an escape from the civilization( human madness), peaceful and friendly, not anymore.
Davao is a large city, with everything that comes with it, i am not interested in this place no more, time to find the other place where i cant be reached by western sick, self distructing civilization.
#john j on Mar 26, 2017 :
Davao is a great city. I miss it. I am a westerner. I & my family lived there for yrs.
Rody Duterte is the man responsible for making Davao such a great, liveable, & particularly - safest city in Ph'lpns. He is a great man. Ha, now he is the President. Many of the Liberals hate him. Fair enough . In politics, no one is sanctrosanct. Ha. But to me, Duterte should be. Why ? Because, he got rid of the Riff Raff, & made Davao a safe family city. That's why. Most Philippino's who go to Davao City, they know, that once they enter the City precincts, that's it. No bad behaviour allowed .
As a westerner, I thoroughly recommend Davao. Do not listen to practically all of the negative comments. Davao is SAFE, Friendly, & very affordable. (Ha, except if U wish to buy property in or around Davao. Ha, then, it will cost U a fortune. Ha. Property prices in Davao are literally, RIDICULOUS). But a great place to rent.
Miss U Davao.
##Billy on Jan 02, 2017 :
As a foreigner from abroad, on my first 4 months in DavaoCity,took me U$1000 due to I dont know where cheap market/shops to go( that means i buy all my stuff & food & veggies at the expensive mall)..DEPENDS HOW PICKY YOU ARE..

Now that I know where the public market are, Me & my girlfriend now able to live at U$750 to U$900 at moderate quality of life.
I GUESS MY GF DO GREAT JOB IN ECONOMICS...Been 3 years living in Davao now !
#Jefflee on Dec 11, 2016 :
Hi! Any idea how much is the electricity rate (Php/kW-hr) in Davao City? Thanks!
#Carl R Smith on Nov 21, 2016 :
I have a love in Davao but having a hard time getting there to be with her if anyone has a heart and willing to help please contact me
#Ray Bradbury on Aug 27, 2016 :
I was in Davao 1964 on the USS TOPEKA CLG-8 for a visit, the first man of war ship since WW-2. It was a great visit. It was a great visit. The people were great. No doubt things have changed since then. I alway's looked forward to coming back, but just never made it. Maybe someday.Cock fights were alway's good.
#Wille J on Aug 16, 2016 :
A lot of this prices is for the lokal people. Most of the markets, not the big malls, got forigner-price. A lowprice ciggaretts is 35-40peso normally. On the streetmarket its up to 100peso.
The potatoes are around 65peso for a half kilo at the mall with fixed price.
And if you dont need to live at the beautystreet with the rich people then you can rent a house with 3 room and a mini garden for 6-8000 peso + electricity + water. Its rare that you find a fridge or cocking things. You have to buy that. Electricity in a 3 room house using a fridge, stove and aircon is around 2500 peso a bad month. It can easily get higher if you use the aircon 24 hour. The water is around 130-150 peso per month. The fact that you got to pay two months rent in advance is just to live with. Thats the way it is everywhere here. The last two months is "free". BUT, you need to check that the electricity and water is payed before you rent. If not the answer use to be from the owner that YOU pay that and that you cut it from the rent next time. Remember that this is a poor country and most of the people see europians and americans as rich, even if your not. If you are able to get here for vacation or work you ARE rich no matter what you tell them.
If you are a smoker. Here in Dawao its not legal to smoke in public. You can smoke at home, in your house or garden, in your car or at special areas at the malls. If the police get you its 500 peso the first time. DO NOT offer them cash when they stop you. That will maybe put you behind bars. You pay at the office.
And if you are stupid inuff to have or use drugs here...DO NOT RUN, you will get killed of the police, legaly. Its prison for a lot of years for a little weed. Think first, then act.
If you want to get out to dance and get drunk, bring a friend. Then take a taxi home, dont walk drunk and alone at night. And if you find a woman or a man to have sex with USE a condom and NEVER EVER get a prostitute. They are often full of shit that you dont want. Aids and Hiv is very, very common here, and to have sex with a prostitute without protection is no problem, just pay extra....

Keep your money in the front pockets. Leave the back-pockets empty. Dont count your money in public.
And ladys,,,NO BIG BAGS on your shoulder. Sooner or later it will have a visitor.
This is a beautiful country with friendly people. Its still a poor country so nothing is free. If you have to pay 20 peso more than the lokal before you in the lokal small store, smile, pay and leave. You are that rich. 20 peso is a half kilo rise and it will feed a family one day or more. 20 peso is 43 american cent or 0,38euro.
Come here, enjoy, buy your chinese original copied stuff, eat the lokal lovely food, swim and dive, enjoy life and please bee careful in the sun. The sun is strong and will burn your skin.
Welcome to the paradise.
#mel on Jun 02, 2016 :
Hi plz i ask advice here we have a friend from austria.he want rented a house in villa park,cabantian davao city one story 3bedrm with a one small rm not center of the city but the cost is overprice...the own want 45k 2mon dipost and 1 mon advance and even our friend is not yet come he pay every mon for 15k start may2016 but he still in dubai now the own want always money to this foreign is that right plz help so no one will cheat too the foriegn...we are same plz take note they are only a foreigner but they have also a right proctect the people who take advantage too others!
#Billy Marshall on Apr 20, 2016 :
I am living in Los Angeles Califorinia USA.for over 40 years I have been looking at women profiles on for over a year now, my intensions are settling down with a Philipina as my bride moving back to my country of birth England. I have travelled all over the world but never have I seen such beautiful women as I have seen in the Philippines, it is so difficult to make ones mind up who to choose as his future soul mate for life.( its like a kid in a candy store). I have FOUND her OMG what a beauty and may I add she is 54 years young really she looks no older than a day over 40. Now I am praying that when I get in contact with her she will like what she see in my photo profile and what I am all about.Pray for me every one
#Darren Durrant on Apr 20, 2016 :
Been to Davao on numerous occasions and never had any worries about crime. also found that all shop owners and taxi drivers are very honest. Totally different from other city's I been too.
The crime of course would be still around that crime happens in every place world wide . but to feel safe then this is definite the place to ta\ravel. just do not be stupid tourist and flash your money about and obey by the law then you will not have anything to worry about then.
Going back again next month and surely will be safe again.Do not listen to those that have never been there and make remarks on something they have no idea about. be smart and you will be safe. act like an idiot then your just asking for trouble.
#Enrico Salado on Apr 19, 2016 :
Davao is a nice city but totally overrated as regards safety and development. Bombings with casualties are quite frequent (data from

4 March 2003: 21 dead 146+ injured
In the so-called Davao International Airport bombing a homemade bomb exploded at the waiting shed fronting the Davao International Airport at around 5:25 p.m, killing at least 21 and wounding at least 146.

2 April 2003: 17 dead 70+ injured
At least 17 people were killed when a bomb exploded near a barbecue stand in a row of food stalls by the Sasa wharf ferry terminal in Davao City.

14 February 2005: 1 dead, 5 injured
A 12-year-old boy died when a bomb exploded at a bus terminal in Davao City, Davao, injuring five others.

15 March 2010: 1 dead 2 injured
A soldier dies after a military truck was bombed by suspected New People's Army guerrillas in Davao City. A truck carrying members of the Philippine Army was bombed while cruising along a road in the Paquibato district around 14:50. Two soldiers were also hurt and evacuated to Davao Medical Center.

17 September 2013: 0 dead, 5 injured
The mall was subjected to one of the two terrorist bombings that occurred in 17 September 2013,[191] with their both abandoning shopping malls attacked at Gaisano Mall of Davao firstly, and lastly would be SM City Davao during their both blast sites
#Tom Martin on Apr 14, 2016 :
I have lived in Davao for ten years. I could not live here in $500 or &1000 it $1500 a month. You could do that if you were born and raised here and knew nothing better. Doctor visits are 300 pesos about $6.50. I have a heart condition and diabetes something I was not expecting to have when I came my medicine cistern me 7796 pesos every ten days or about 61 dollars. I cannot get in and out of a public transportation so have to rely on taxi averages about 146 pesos or 3 dollars one way. My water run about 300 pesos a month or &6.50. My Internet with Globe is about 1100 pesos or $24. I am sorry I cannot eat on 50 pesos a day. My average meal cost about 179 pesos or $3.50. You have clothing expenses, laundry, $2 haircut (you cam details a 40 peso haircut) I now have to have a caregiver. Men come here thinking health will always be perfect and there will neve be any surprise expenses think again. Presently we are experiencing 12 hours a day no water and 5 hours a day no electricity. I feel safe on the streets and in my home. I run one air condition all the time on 80 degrees and it cost $200 per month. Your quality if kids determines the cost. I came here for a decent lifestyle not to live in poverty I could have done that in the USA
#juan on Apr 06, 2016 :
Hello all I am retired and get a little pension about 750 euro per month , I am living in thailand (khon kaen) but I am thinking move to philipines cause ...( here nobody can speak english ) You think my pension is enough for live in davao ? I am from spain and want a quiet and simple life only . Thanks for read .
#Anonymous on Mar 04, 2016 :
I was born in Surigao del Sur. After I worked abroad, I decided to buy a property to live with. Of all the places, I chose Davao City to live with, cause the place is not congested with people and traffic. All the city has been regulated by the City Government. No Criminality especially the heart of the City. You can walk anytime without any harm...No thieves , No Robbers , No Rape. VERY PEACEFUL PLACE to live with...I will Love Davao and I will be happy if I can get all my relatives and live in Davao City. So Far, i have 3 siblings already acquired properties in Davao City. And we're all Happy...God Bless Davao.
#Carrie on Dec 25, 2015 :
I am a Davaoeña. I work during the night shift and there is no worry about taking a jeepney or taxi ride from my rented house to the office. I feel safe in Davao City.
#Samuel on Dec 01, 2015 :
is that data up-to-date because i'm planning to look for a house in Davao at if the above data is the Cost of living allowance there. i think it would be great to live in such a peaceful and safe city.
#keith on Nov 30, 2015 :
I would like to hear from Indian expats in the Phillipines as I'm Indian and will be moving there soon. Please let me know your experiences (good and bad).
#Lou on Nov 28, 2015 :
I work in makati for 2 years and living there is very hard since its unsafe and everything is expensive. I've been planning to settle in Davao since its much safer, more job opportunities and closer to my love ones. :)
#GM on Nov 17, 2015 :
Living 3 months on and 9 months off in Davao now for the last 8 years.
As a family with 2 children living in a western style apartment building that we own, some of the expenses we have are:
1) Davao Light (electricity) PHP5,000/month
2) Condo fees PHP 2,700/month
3) Average of real estate taxes PHP 5,000/year
4) PLDT ADSL 8Mbps: 3,800/month
5) Paulaner in SM: PHP120/bottle, restaurant PHP140-180/bottle
6) Hoegaarden in SM: PHP100/bottle
7) 100Gr Jamon Serano (from Deli Swish): +- PHP350/100Gram
8) Weekly groceries at least PHP8,000
I estimate to live there full time, we'd need US$3,000/month to have a good living western style. That would be excluding private schooling for the kids.

Like other have said, it can be done on way less if you accept less quality.
#Sammy on Nov 07, 2015 :
Hello gents
As an American citizen, what do I need when it comes to visa?
Or I can get that at the airport?!!
Can I fly direct to Davao from US or I have to go to Manila first and then manage to go to Davao..
Thanks for you advice..
#JAMES OVIRI on Nov 03, 2015 :
Thank you. I am intending to come and leave there. I have a girl friend MELANIE who is 26yrs old, has a daughter less than one yr old. She does direct selling. She can call me on ph. 675 79877521 or email on Thank you. JAMES OVIRI