5 Highest Living Costs Cities in Philippines

If you want to work in Philippines or stay here for a long time, you must make a good plan for it. First of all, you need to know what the cost of living in Philippines. You may have a different perception about the country’s cost of living than the others. Obviously, they vary according to the area that you are living. Hence, it pays to know the most expensive places to live in this country.

Top 5 modern cities in Philippines

Most often than not, the city’s modernization will cause its cost of living to shoot up as well. The most expensive places to stay in the Philippines are listed below with their corresponding estimated cost of living expenses:

Cost of Living in Manila City
Manila is the capital of Philippines. It is also one of the most modern cities in Philippines. Just like other modern cities, its rental is the most expensive among other cities. Food cost in Manila is expensive as well, comparing with other Philippines cities, followed by transportation cost. The only cheap entertainment is watching movie. Movie tickets in Manila is not very expensive.

Cost of Living In Manila 2013 (USD $)
House Rental In Manila $208-$463
Electricity $45-$81
Normal Restaurant Cost Per Meal In Manila $3.5
Transportation Taxi Cost In Manila $1.00 (flag down rate) plus $0.30 additional per kilometer
Fitness Club Membership Fee in Manila $45.24

Cost of Living in Quezon City
Quezon city is the richest city in the Philippines. As the capital of Philippines before 1976, it is also the most populous one. Having been the national capital, cost in Quezon City is also very high. Sometimes foreigners may get confusing between Quezon City and Quezon province. Actually, they are totally different. Quezon City is located on the island of Luzon, known to Filipions as QC.

Cost of Living In Quezon 2013 (USD $)
House Rental in Quezon $209-$405
Electricity $87
Normal Restaurant Cost per Meal in Quezon $3.5
Transportation Taxi Cost in Quezon $1.00 (flag down rate) plus $0.30 additional per kilometer
Fitness Club Membership Fee in Quezon $28.9

Cost of Living in Davao City
Davao city is the second most populous city in Philippines. And it is also the largest city in the Philippines in land area. AS the trade and commerce center and industry hub in Mindanao, it becomes the third most significant metropolitan in Philippines. Hence, cost of living in Davao city is also very high.

Cost of Living In Quezon 2013 (USD $)
House Rental in Davao $116
Electricity $61
Normal Restaurant per Meal in Davao $3.00
Transportation Taxi Cost in Davao $0.69 (flag down rate) plus $0.16 additional per kilometer
Fitness Club Membership Fee in Davao $24

Cost of Living in Cebu City
Cebu city is the capital city of the province of Cebu. Cebu is the main domestic shipping port in Philippines. 80% of domestic shipping companies are located here. With a population of 866,171 as 2010 census, is is the fifth most populated city in Philippines. So the cost in Cebu city is expensive, but not such expensive as in Manila or Quezon.

Cost of Living In Cebu 2013 (USD $)
House Rental in Cebu $232
Electricity $93
Normal Restaurant Cost per Meal in Cebu $2.77
Transportation Taxi Cost in Cebu $1.00 (flag down rate) plus $0.28 additional per kilometer
Fitness Club Membership Fee in Cebu $40.46

Cost of Living in Cagayan De Oro City
Cagayan de Oro is promoted as one of the tourism activity for its famous whitewater rafting or kayaking adventures. As the 10th most populous city in Pilippines, its living cost is considerable expensive.

Cost of Living In Cagayan De Oro 2013 (USD $)
House Rental in Cagayan De Oro $112
Electricity $27.50-$100
Normal Restaurant Cost per Meal in Cagayan De Oro $2.31
Transportation Taxi Cost in Cagayan De Oro $1.00 (flag down rate) plus $0.16 additional per kilometer
Fitness Club Membership Fee in Cagayan De Oro $17.34

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