How Expensive is Kingston, Jamaica?
This is a tough one to answer, but I have been asked the question so many times that I thought I should at least throw out some possible responses.
I tell readers who write to me that the cost of living here seems to be to be almost equivalent to South Florida, when I left in 2005, and before the prices of real estate when through the roof. Of course, this is in US$.
Other measures of how expensive a country is, include the "Big Mac Index" which just compares one country's price for the famous McDonald's sandwich from one country to another, taking into account the exchange rate.
Here is a link from 2003 showing Jamaica at US$1.99, which looks to be the middle of the pack.
Here is another link comparing the cost of living in different cities.
Once again, it shows Jamaica to be in the middle of the pack, just above Cleveland.
If anyone can shed some more light on these measures, please do!