The costs of living involves different services and items.
Accommodation, food, clothing, transport, activities, education and some eventual meal or drink out.
All of those items are then compared to the wages that a single person averagely earns, making it possible to measure if the income generated by a this person is enough to cover those expenses.
A very interesting tool to check or even compare – not just the costs of living, but also other categories such as, crime, quality of life, health care and other aspects that living abroad or moving might involve – is www.numbeo.com
According to Numbeo, the cost of living index of Zagreb, is ranked position number 128 out of 206 European cities entries.
The lower the city is ranked, the cheaper the cost of living is, listing Zagreb before only 78 cities, mainly Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian cities.
The data related to the costs of living in Croatia is an input of 12843 entries in the past 18 months, from 886 different contributors. Having the last update in June 2018.
The costs of living for a single person in Zagreb is around € 593 without rent.
The expenses include:
- Eating out;
- Coffee shops;
- Local Cheese,
- Monthly Utilities;
- Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment,
- Prepaid Mobile,
- Entertainment and Activities;
- Fitness Club,
The cost for renting a 1 bedroom apartment in City Centre is € 400, if not rented on high seasons when prices can vary.
Average Salary in Zagreb.
For instance, the average salary for a waiter or a supermarket worker is around € 400, taxi driver € 600 and a school teacher around € 700.
The average net salary in Zagreb is around € 850, like anywhere in the world it varies and depends on the sector that the individual works in.
Certain occupations tend to have higher wages, such as IT sector and like.
Successful entrepreneurs come here and make their own opportunities by investing in property or starting businesses.
Many times, they also have a competitive advantage by bringing in new innovative ideas and ventures that have yet to hit the market here.
The country can not only be an affordable cheap place to live, depending on your occupation.
It also has a few other really important characteristics that can not be quantified by currency, such as safety.
Croatia may be one of the last truly safe places on earth. Kids play outside without the parents watching over their shoulder.
There’s a strong sense of community in each town and village. For this reason, it’s a great place to raise a family.
This topic brings the fact that there are two separate costs of living. One, is the single individual, and the other is the costs of living for a family, for example, a family constituted by 4 members.
The costs of living for a family are around € 2.013 without rent.
Their expense for accommodation is around € 691, for a 3 bedroom apartment in city centre.
Other costs for a family could involve:
- Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child = € 178
- International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child = € 1.387
- Household Supplies, approximation using (groceries index) x 4 family members = € 57
All of the estimative are based on average costs of living and prices, and of course it can vary depending on, occupation and power of buying of each individual or family.
Croatia is an affordable and safe place that accommodates single individuals but also families greatly.
All of the numbers ranks Zagreb in Croatia 323th out of 539 with the lowest costs of living cities in the world.