Nothing can take the place of adventure in life. The more you travel, the more you experience what the world really looks like. How about the most expensive cities in Africa in 2020? If you have never been outside the borders of your city, perhaps it is time to dash it.
Africa is one of the fastest developing continents in the world, according to World Bank statistics. Most of the growth is fueled by increasing supply of natural and human resources as well as technology. With this comes megacities with state-of-the-art facilities in education and hospitality. While the cost of living does not dictate development, it acts as a parameter or scale to measure the rate of growth.
Top 10 most expensive cities in Africa ranked
Different factors are known to determine the cost of living in any country. Data from these parameters are crucial in providing useful pointers to both internal and external investors. With quality data from these metrics, investors get a clear idea of the kind of investment they should make and within what time. The metrics include:
- Cost of housing
- Quality of education
- Food costs
- Means and transport efficiency
- Cost of healthcare
- The efficiency of financial services
- Cost of raw materials
Below is a list of the most expensive cities in Africa 2020. Check them out to inform your travel or investment decisions in future.
1. Victoria, Seychelles
Seychelles is one of the smallest countries in Africa with an estimated landmass of about 459km squared. The island country ranked the second most expensive place to live in Africa with its city Victoria the richest in a tourist attraction.
According to the global rankings, this city is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and the most expensive to visit in Africa. From the cost of living, transport, healthcare, and financial services, Victoria outmatches all the other cities in Africa.
2. N’Djamena, Chad
With a population of about 1.4 million people, N’Djamena is one of the busiest and second most expensive cities in Africa. For those considering living here, you will part with prohibitive cost in city transport, foodstuff, entertainment, education, and housing.
Even though it is landlocked and mostly relies on agriculture for its economic growth and GDP, the city is by far the most expensive place you want to visit while in Africa. Apart from its central role as an agricultural city, N’Djamena is also an industrial town with cotton, fish, and meat factories providing most of the jobs.
3. Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos ranked the 25th most expensive city in the world in the 2019 rankings. In 2020, Lagos is 18th most expensive city to live in in the Mercer ratings. With this improvement, the city jumps to the third position as the most expensive city in Africa after N’Djamena, Chad.
Being an oil refinery city, Lagos is growing at a swift pace and could soon be at the top of the list under the prevailing economic circumstances. The biggest economic activity other than oil and gas is manufacturing. Lagos is an ever-growing industrial centre and technology hub.
4. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kinshasa is the capital city of The Democratic Republic of Congo. It ranks fourth in the list of most expensive cities to live in Africa. Further, it ranks 24th in the world statistics of the most expensive cities globally.
In total, it is estimated that around 16 million people operate in the city on any given day. The most common language is French, and the most common means of transportation is commuter transport, and other road means.
5. Libreville, Gabon
Libreville falls under the most expensive cities in Africa cost of living and health taken into consideration. If you are planning a tour to Libreville, you should brace yourself for the high cost of housing, education, and healthcare. It is the largest city in Gabon with an estimated area of about 65.42 km squared and a population of around 703,904.
6. Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
Abidjan is the largest city in Ivory Coast, also known as Cote D'Ivoire. It also ranks fifth in the most expensive cities to visit and live in Africa. It has an estimate population of about 4.7 million people and produces more than 50% of the country’s GDP.
7. Brazzaville, Congo
Brazzaville is the largest city in the Republic of Congo and one of the most expensive cities to visit or live in according to the Mercer survey. The city has an estimate population of about 1.8 million dwellers. This is about one-third of the entire national populace. Agriculture is the largest source of income for the dwellers, and French is the most used language for communication.
8. Bangui, Central African Republic
Bangui is the largest city in the Central African Republic. In the latest national census, the city boasts of about 734,350 dwellers. The most used means of transport is public transportation, and the most spoken language is French. The city stands on 67 kilometres squared piece of land consisting of eight urban districts, 16 groups, and 205 neighbourhoods.
9. Yaoundé, Cameroon
Yaoundé is the capital city of Cameroon. Even though it is not the largest city in the country, it is the most expensive to dwell in. It has a population of about 2.8 million people from the last country census. Douala is the country’s largest city and the second most expensive to live in Cameroon.
10. Accra, Ghana
Accra is the capital city of Ghana and the largest city in the country. It sits on an area of 225.67 km squared and an estimated population of 4.2 million residents. The city is composed of 12 local governments, 11 municipalities. English is the common language in use, and public transport is the prevalent means of commuting from one district to another.
11. Djibouti, Djibouti
Djibouti is the capital city of Djibouti, a small country in the horn of Africa. The country borders Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the southwest, and Somalia in the south. The overall size of the country is 23,200 km squared and a population of about one million people.
12. Dakar, Senegal
Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and the largest city in the country. Dakar has an estimated population of 1.1million people, while the Dakar metropolitan area has 2.45 million people. In total, it covers an area of 83 km squared. It first became a major town in the 15th century and later became the capital city under Portuguese protection.
13. Conakry, Guinea
Conakry is the largest city in Guinea and the capital city. Apart from serving as the administrative headquarters of the government, it is also the port city serving as the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Guinea. From the last census, the city has an approximate population of 1.7 million people.
14. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and the largest city in the country. Located at the heart of the country, Nairobi is both the industrial hub and major source of the country's GDP. Based on the last census, the city has about 4.6 million dwellers and employs almost a third of all working groups in the country.
15. Johannesburg, South Africa
Talking of the most expensive cities in South Africa, Johannesburg is the leading city. Apart from being the capital city, it is the largest city in the country in both population and landmass. The city boasts of some of the most sophisticated infrastructures from city transportation, education, medical facilities, and housing.
There is a new ranking of the most expensive cities in Africa every year. While N’Djamena was on top of the list in 2019, there has been a shift in 2020, with Victoria coming in at a first place. New cities are emerging enabled by sophisticated infrastructure and new technology.
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