Cost of Living in Davao

Summary about cost of living in Davao, Philippines:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 ₱ 100.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,500.00 ₱ 1,000.00-3,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 ₱ 150.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 55.00 ₱ 40.00-95.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 72.50 ₱ 70.00-115.00
Cappuccino (regular) 129.29 ₱ 35.00-175.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 43.71 ₱ 30.00-56.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 23.75 ₱ 10.00-50.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 353.31 ₱ 302.83-416.40
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 64.41 ₱ 49.90-74.39
Rice (white), (1 lb) 22.34 ₱ 20.41-24.95
Eggs (regular) (12) 104.87 ₱ 84.00-126.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 141.75 ₱ 113.40-217.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 120.96 ₱ 81.65-136.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 187.11 ₱ 158.76-390.00
Apples (1 lb) 98.28 ₱ 55.79-136.08
Banana (1 lb) 28.76 ₱ 18.14-39.01
Oranges (1 lb) 61.39 ₱ 18.14-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 40.94 ₱ 31.75-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 58.17 ₱ 45.36-73.94
Onion (1 lb) 88.45 ₱ 45.36-113.40
Lettuce (1 head) 75.50 ₱ 60.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 32.67 ₱ 25.00-45.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 500.00 ₱ 360.00-900.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 69.17 ₱ 50.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 87.00 ₱ 73.00-150.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 150.00 ₱ 130.00-156.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 12.00 ₱ 10.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 800.00 ₱ 600.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 ₱ 40.00-60.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22.93 ₱ 11.27-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ₱ 100.00-120.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 277.21 ₱ 262.14-302.83
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,300,000.00 ₱ 1,200,000.00-1,300,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,175,000.00 ₱ 1,000,000.00-1,600,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 5,656.25 ₱ 4,000.00-7,437.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.50 ₱ 7.00-7.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,256.86 ₱ 1,700.00-2,999.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,783.33 ₱ 2,200.00-4,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 250.00 ₱ 150.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 255.00 ₱ 220.00-450.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,083.33 ₱ 4,166.67-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 450,000.00 ₱ 400,000.00-500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,000.00 ₱ 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,675.00 ₱ 990.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,125.00 ₱ 3,000.00-5,600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 4,125.00 ₱ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,857.14 ₱ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,375.00 ₱ 7,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 36,000.00 ₱ 25,000.00-90,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 16,200.00 ₱ 15,000.00-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 13,006.32 ₱ 11,148.27-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 9,057.97 ₱ 8,361.20-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 15,357.14 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.43 5.50-7.00

Prices in Davao

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Last update: March 2023
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8 Comments so far
Anon on Feb 15, 2023:
Hello everyone,
Straight to the point, my family and I want to live in Davao, Samal area, I have 2 kids and both are being home schooled, one is 16 and one is 10. My ever fear or concern is running out of money after living for few years in the area. What can anyone suggest for a kind of business venture we can do? America where will be coming from is ok, it’s a good place to be but it is enslaving people what I mean by that is the system is set up to easy loan money to buy houses, cars, clothes whatever you indulge yourself in, then you have to work all the time to pay for it back with interest of course. By this you will never have time and money to do fun things or other important things in life. We want to get out of this rat race.
Anonymous on Aug 16, 2022:
Davao like the rest of Philippines is a scammer country full of deadbeat losers.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2022:
I am leaving in United States since I was 20 years old. I am planning to retired back home. I have two houses one inherited from my parent and one I just have it built three years ago. I am from Davao City , graduated at Davao Doctors College. Going back home each year and stay six months. I have to adjust because in order for you to leave comfortable is to have laid the plan before settling but becareful also because I was deceived with money because of friendliness that is one thing you have to watch. The adjustment are crucial as a naturalized American I am still adjusting but hopefully it will be better to watch the money.
Both houses are in the subdivision. Both adjacent to each other. I have my own caretaker so if anyone wants to rent please call me 727-417-9107 here in Florida. Marian Las Johnson
Anonymous on Jun 13, 2020:
All prices posted here are so so so exagerated.
Our monthly household income is only 30k below yet we live comfortably and at the same time we are ableto set aside life insurance and savings account..
Richard on Nov 27, 2019:
I bought a condo in Davao City almost a year ago with the intention of retiring there, spent the better part of a year waiting for it be completed (false promises) but finally last Nov got the keys, only to be offered a great job in Vienna for a year. So I packed up my stuff, lock the door and left.

I find myself missing the simple life in Davao and the looking forward to the chance to return to my established routine of breakfast at McDs, lunch at Swiz Deli, diner at either a Vietnamese or Japaneses dinner and days in the malls and on the beaches :)

Hope fully as Davao develops an attracts more foreign business (new Tech Park) and tourist then the airport will have more cheap flights to mainland SE Asia destination without the hassle of traveling via Manila
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?.