How Much Does It Cost to Live In Iraq?

Economy wise, in Iraq there is a huge difference between the people and their classes.

It’s mostly divided between a very rich and a very poor layer.

It is said that the middle class is about to disappear and melt into either of the other two classes based on their resources.

Then there are cities that are better off than other ones, like Basra. This is the economic center of Iraq, that offers enough jobs for those who finished their studies.

It is also a rich cities, full of opportunities for those wanting to start their own business.

Cost of Living Index:

Iraq : Cost of Living by City



You could say that the prices in Iraq, when it comes to restaurants, aren’t too high, but they aren’t too low either. There’s always the option of street food, but if you want to have a meal in one of the restaurants, be ready to pay around 5$ – and that’s in an inexpensive restaurant, too. Mid-range restaurants will cost around 10$ per person.



Now, if you choose to make your own food, this is a much cheaper option – and probably a healthier one than eating street food (as delicious as it might be). Markets in Iraq offer a great range of products, most of them being very affordable, and you’ll know what you’re eating.



It can be said that transportation is mostly affordable in Iraq, especially if you’re using public transport and avoiding taxis. A monthly pass for public transportation is around 30$, which is relatively okay but can be expensive for the poor people. However, a daily ticket is around 0.40$ which is reasonable.



Utilities in Iraq are definitely not cheap. You can count on cashing out around 100$ just in order to cover the basic bills, like electricity, heating, cooling and water, if you’re living in a normal-sized apartment (we mean around 85m2). 1 min. of prepaid mobile services is 0.11$.

Sports and leisure


This applies to sports and leisure too (with the exception that sports and leisure are optional for everyone, while bills are not). So, if you want to get in shape in Iraq, count on paying just short of 50$. Cinema tickets here are around 9$ per person so watching movies in Iraq is a rather expensive pastime.

Clothing and shoes


Surprisingly, shopping for clothes and shoes isn’t that expensive in Iraq, so go ahead and immerse yourself in a shopping spree. Quality jeans cost around 30$, and light pieces of clothes like summer dresses and shirts cost less than that. Sneakers of brands like Nike are around 55$.

Rent per month


Rent per month, in comparison to the utilities, is not expensive either. Of course, it always depends on the part of the city you want to live in, or even the city itself. Renting an apartment in the city center usually amounts to around 371$, and outside of the center is less than that.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Iraq

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $5.95
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $2.00
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.22
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $1.14
Loaf Bread (500g) $0.90
Eggs (12) $1.63
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.43
Monthly Pass $30.00
Gasoline $0.54
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $104.66
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.11
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $40.30
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $43.21
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $16.34
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $8.39
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $30.03
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $26.66
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $56.78
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $371.30
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $251.12
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $670.50

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Iraq?

People in Iraq spend most of their money in markets, on food and other necessities.

Apart from that, the biggest part of their expenses is rent – which means there are many people out there renting apartments.

Restaurants and transportation also take up an important part in Iraqi people’s expenses, while sports and leisure also have a high rate in this statistics – this is probably practiced by the high class society.

Shopping for clothes and shoes is the last on the list, with statistics showing that only 2.7% of all expenses go on clothing.


Iraq: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

Salaries in Iraq are higher, which makes sense taking into consideration that the expenses are rather high too.

Still, with rent costing around 300$ and utilities being around 100$ a month, there are surely members of this society that aren’t able to pay all their expenses and make ends meet.

For instance, those with a minimum monthly wage, which is 209.52 per month, surely have problems paying for necessities and with such a low minimum wage, they surely don’t have enough to indulge in sports, leisure or buy new clothes regularly.

Mortgage interest rate in this country is also relatively high.

Average Salary$560.97
Minimum Wage$209.52
Mortgage Interest Rate10.88%

Cost of Living by City in Iraq

City Cost of Living Index
Baghdad 47.17
Irbil 42.51

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