The cheapest and most expensive cities in South Africa

Collaborative expat data site, Expatistan has released its latest cost of living index, showing which cities in South Africa carry the lowest costs of living.

The group’s data is compiled from a combination of international reports about cost of living, and user input of prices in any given region.

To calculate each cities’ Cost of Living Index value, a value of 100 is assigned to a central reference city – Prague. Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.

Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Where data is unavailable, incomplete, out of date, or has too few inputs, it is not included in the listing. In 2017, 36 South African cities are included, but only 7 have sufficient data to be ranked.

Benoni on Johannesburg’s East Rand topped the list as the most expensive city in South Africa in 2017, with a Price Index of 133. It is followed closely by Bhisho with 129 and Central Johannesburg with 117.

Cost of Living Ranking in South Africa (top cities by data quality)
Ranking City Price Index
1 Benoni 133
2 Bhisho 129
3 Johannesburg 117
4 Pretoria 113
5 Cape Town 112
6 Orkney 108
7 Durban 99

Read: Raising a child costs R90,000 a year – and that’s if you don’t count inflation

Must Read

Partner Content

Show comments

Trending Now

Follow Us

The cheapest and most expensive cities in South Africa