Africa is known to be one of the poorest continent in the world. Though it’s home to the poorest nations, the continent can still boast of the most expensive places to live in 2019. Some of the major factors considered in formulating this list include the cost of accommodation, feeding, groceries, transportation cost and services.
What is the most expensive country in Africa?
Angolan capital, Luanda has been ranked the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, reclaiming the title it lost to Hong Kong last year. Below is a list of the most expensive African cities in both within the continent and globally, compiled based on the total factors of cost of living.
10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in Africa 2019
1. Luanda, Angola
The Angolan capital is the largest city in the country and the most expensive city to live in Africa with the highest cost of living. It was for some time the most expensive city in the world but recent rankings have placed the city at number 6 in the world now behind cities on the Asian continent. Rental costs of between €10,000 and €35,000 are not unusual in Luanda. The city though one of the richest on the African continent can be a tough nut to crack for an individual on a low income.
2. N’Djamena, Chad Republic
The second most expensive city to live in Africa in 2019, is the capital of Chad Republic, N’Djamena. It is the largest city in the Republic of Chad and is ranked globally as the 8th most expensive city to live in the world. Even though it is the second most expensive city in Africa, it does not have proper facilities. There are no railways and sea ports here. Roads are not well-maintained. The city of N’Djamena is a regional market for trades in livestock, salt, dates, and grains. The major industries in the city include meat, fish and cotton processing. The city remains the economic center of the Republic of Chad.
3. Libreville, Gabon
Ranking as the third most expensive city to live in Africa is the beautiful and vibrant capital city of Gabon, Libreville. The West African city is ranked on the global list as the 18th most expensive in the world. The country is rich in natural resources and has benefited immensely from foreign aid. You will find many night clubs in this expensive city. The population of this city is made up of mostly youths. It is a port city on the Komo River close to the Gulf of Guinea and it is a trade center for a timber region.
4. Brazzaville, Republic Of Congo
The fourth on the list is the capital city of Brazzaville which is the largest city of the French-speaking Republic of the Congo. The city has a population put to be over 1.8 million and as high as 1/3 of the population of the Republic of Congo live there. It is the economic center of the country and is home to 40% of non-agricultural employment in the country. The city bears highly visible scars from the civil war of the past century.
5. Victoria, Seychelles
The capital city of the small African country, Seychelles is ranked 5th on the African continent and 21st globally. It was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. The majority of the population of Seychelles live in the region of Greater Victoria. It was reported that Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his wife Kate spent their honeymoon in a beach house villa here, that reportedly cost them $5,000 a night.
6. Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
The economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. The population of the city is put at 20% of the overall population and is the fourth most populous city in Africa. It is ranked as the 6th most expensive city with the highest cost of living in Africa and the 24th globally.
7. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of Congo
The capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the 7th among the most expensive cities in Africa to live in, and the 37th on the global list. The city is situated alongside the Congo River. Kinshasa is a megacity with an estimated population of more than 11 million inhabitants.
8. Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos, the economic capital of the West African powerhouse Nigeria is the 8th most expensive city to live in Africa 2019. This beautiful coastal city of Lagos is one of the most populous cities in Africa and home for some of the richest people on the continent. It has one of the busiest ports in Africa also. Traffic jams have become commonplace in this expensive city. One news reporter said, “It once took me four hours to cover 35 km.” Lagos is among the 50 most expensive cities of the world for expatriates. The city is ranked 42nd most expensive city to live in globally.
9. Yaounde, Cameroon
The country’s capital and economic hub is also its second largest city in the central African country. The population of this city is put at approximately 2.5 million. The port city of Douala is the only city larger than Yaoundé. It is ranked as the 9th most expensive city to live in Africa and is the 43rd on the global list.
Abuja is the capital of Nigeria. This is a planned city with a population of 979,876 people. It was built in the 1980s. Speaking about Abuja, Nelson Mandela had once said, “Why bother to visit Europe, you’ll find it all here.”