Cost of living comparison

The table below shows a cost of living comparison between United States and Lesotho.

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United States is 45% more expensive than Lesotho.

If you moved to Lesotho from United States, you would..


pay 50.7% less for restaurants


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $13.26 $7.10
(94.06 LSL)
-46.5%
Fast food combo meal
(McDonalds, or similar)
$6.94 $2.99
(39.6 LSL)
-56.9%
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.74 $0.86
(11.38 LSL)
-50.8%
Bottle of water (11 fl. oz) $1.42 $0.57
(7.59 LSL)
-59.6%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of restaurants

pay 48.2% less for groceries


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Bread
(1 loaf)
$2.60 $0.60
(7.92 LSL)
-77.0%
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.62 $4.48
(59.4 LSL)
-20.3%
Milk (1 gallon) $3.42 $4.71
(62.46 LSL)
+37.7%
Eggs
(1 dozen)
$2.69 $1.16
(15.35 LSL)
-56.9%
Boneless chicken breast (1 lb) $4.08 $1.69
(22.45 LSL)
-58.4%
Apples (1 lb) $2.05 $0.88
(11.68 LSL)
-57.1%
Bananas (1 lb) $0.82 $0.56
(7.41 LSL)
-32.1%
Oranges (1 lb) $1.98 $0.76
(10.1 LSL)
-61.6%
Tomatoes (1 lb) $1.92 $1.02
(13.47 LSL)
-47.0%
Potatoes (1 lb) $1.37 $0.85
(11.23 LSL)
-38.0%
Onions (1 lb) $1.28 $0.61
(8.08 LSL)
-52.3%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of groceries

pay 12.7% less for transportation


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Gasoline (1 gallon) $2.35 $3.11
(41.21 LSL)
+32.3%
Monthly public transit pass $59.01 $22.41
(297.02 LSL)
-62.0%
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $22,197.35 $19,421.81
(257,416.12 LSL)
-12.5%
Taxi trip in downtown area (5 miles) $18.22 $6.42
(85.15 LSL)
-64.7%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of transportation

pay 75.7% more for housing


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Internet connection
(50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl)
$55.31 $196.09
(2,598.91 LSL)
+254.5%
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $1,041.43 ?? ??
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $870.53 ?? ??
Utilities for two (700 sq ft apartment)
(including electric, gas, water, heating)
$121.28 $114.25
(1,514.21 LSL)
-5.8%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of housing

pay 87.4% less for childcare


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $875.48 ?? ??
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $17,802.80 $2,239.93
(29,688 LSL)
-87.4%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of childcare

pay 52.2% less for entertainment and sports


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $3.84 $1.12
(14.84 LSL)
-70.9%
Cappuccino in mid-range area $3.89 $1.87
(24.74 LSL)
-52.0%
Pack of cigarettes
(Marlboro or similar)
$6.89 $2.47
(32.67 LSL)
-64.2%
Monthly membership at local gym $36.96 $22.41
(297.02 LSL)
-39.4%
Movie ticket to theater/cinema $10.64 $1.87
(24.75 LSL)
-82.5%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of entertainment and sports

pay 5.1% more for clothing


Cost breakdown: United States United States Lesotho Lesotho  
Regular jeans
(Levi's brand)
$41.36 $52.29
(693.04 LSL)
+26.4%
Regular dress
(from H&M or similar store)
$36.78 $63.49
(841.55 LSL)
+72.6%
Running shoes
(Nike or Adidas)
$72.80 $82.17
(1,089.07 LSL)
+12.9%
Men's business shoes (leather) $90.82 $56.02
(742.55 LSL)
-38.3%

Category: United States vs. Lesotho - Cost of clothing

The statistics used to build this comparison are calculated using data from users just like you. We average the price of thousands of data points entered by users across the world. Learn more about our data sources. Page last updated: Feb 2018

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