Cost of Living in Davao

Summary about cost of living in Davao, Philippines:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 147.50 ₱ 95.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 ₱ 500.00-1,203.12
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 150.00 ₱ 125.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 57.50 ₱ 35.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ₱ 65.00-150.00
Cappuccino (regular) 137.86 ₱ 50.00-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 27.43 ₱ 20.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 19.00 ₱ 10.00-30.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 311.16 ₱ 302.83-757.08
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 51.71 ₱ 36.29-81.65
Rice (white), (1 lb) 23.44 ₱ 20.41-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 79.00 ₱ 72.00-90.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 246.00 ₱ 45.36-544.31
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 103.33 ₱ 72.57-158.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 130.41 ₱ 90.72-680.39
Apples (1 lb) 82.78 ₱ 54.43-136.08
Banana (1 lb) 30.05 ₱ 13.61-36.29
Oranges (1 lb) 72.57 ₱ 58.97-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 35.72 ₱ 9.07-65.77
Potato (1 lb) 45.36 ₱ 12.70-72.57
Onion (1 lb) 46.57 ₱ 26.31-67.13
Lettuce (1 head) 67.50 ₱ 45.00-90.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 48.33 ₱ 30.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 425.00 ₱ 170.00-700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 43.00 ₱ 22.37-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 102.50 ₱ 80.00-160.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 91.00 ₱ 75.00-100.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 ₱ 8.00-20.00
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 ₱ 19.63-21.73
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 ₱ 120.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 188.91 ₱ 155.20-208.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,350,000.00 ₱ 1,350,000.00-1,350,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,282,200.00 ₱ 1,320,000.00-1,320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,339.51 ₱ 3,000.00-10,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 9.00 ₱ 5.00-9.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,542.57 ₱ 1,500.00-3,200.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,057.14 ₱ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 121.43 ₱ 50.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 180.00-350.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 10,320.83 ₱ 3,583.33-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 80,000.00 ₱
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,000.00 ₱ 1,000.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 779.80 ₱ 300.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,100.00 ₱ 2,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,250.00 ₱ 1,500.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 15,750.00 ₱ 11,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,833.33 ₱ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 30,677.08 ₱ 24,062.50-40,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 16,400.00 ₱ 10,000.00-45,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 12,077.29 ₱ 11,148.27-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,593.48 ₱ 1,199.99-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 13,833.33 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.88 5.00-10.00

Prices in Davao

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Last update: November 2020
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23 Comments so far
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?.
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.
J.J.
#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