Earlier on, we took a look at the top 10 most expensive cities in Africa with the highest cost of living, it is only rational that we also take a look at the top 10 cheapest cities in Africa which have the lowest cost of living within the continent. Being the cheapest with the lowest cost of living does not necessarily mean they are the poorest cities. This list is focused on the key affordability metrics deduced by Mercer in terms of cost of living factors such as; the cost of accommodation, feeding, groceries, transportation cost and so on. Hence, below is a list of the top 10 cheapest or most affordable African cities in 2018:
- Tunis, Tunisia: The Tunisian capital and largest city has been ranked as the number one cheapest city to live in Africa with the lowest cost of living in the world for expatriates.
- Banjul, Gambia: The second on the list is the capital of the small West-African country which is known as a major hub for peanut production.
- Blantyre, Malawi: Malawi’s centre of finance and commerce and second largest city, Blantyre is ranked as 3rd on the list of Africa’s cheapest cities to live in.
- Windhoek, Namibia: Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and its largest city. It is ranked as the 4th cheapest African city with the lowest cost of living.
- Algiers, Algeria: The Algerian capital and largest city which was once known as the city with the highest cost of living in North Africa and 50th globally, as at 2007, is now the 5th on the list of Africa’s lowest.
- Nouakchott, Mauritania: The capital city of Mauritania is also one of the largest in the Sahara. It is ranked as the 6th cheapest African country with the lowest cost of living.
- Kampala, Uganda: The capital and largest city in Uganda which has been ranked as the 13th fastest growing economy in the world, and the best city to live in East Africa is the 7th on the list of Africa’s cheapest cities.
- Gaborone, Botswana: The economic and government capital of Botswana is the 8th on the list of cheapest cities in Africa with the lowest cost of living.
- Cairo, Egypt: The capital of Egypt is one of Africa’s largest metropolitan cities, the largest city in the middle-east and the 15th largest in the world. It is ranked as the 9th cheapest city in Africa with the lowest cost of living.
- Lusaka, Zambia: Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia and one of the fastest growing economies in Southern Africa. It is the 10th cheapest African city to live in and the last on our list.
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