How much money do you need to live comfortably in Nairobi?


Living in Nairobi can be hectic, you must have enough money in order to live comfortably. The average amount of money you need per month is Ksh 150,000.For you to live a comfortable life, you have to live in a good estate, be able to buy food with ease and drive a good car. With a monthly income of Ksh 150, 000, you’ll spend the money as follows:

Rent=Ksh 40,000

Food=Ksh 15,000

Shopping=Ksh20, 000

Fuel=Ksh15, 000

Other expenses=Ksh 20,000


You will spend Ksh 110,000 and save Ksh40, 000 every month. In one year, you’ll save Ksh480,000

The estates you’ll stay are for the middle income earners, they include:

  1. South C
  2. South B
  3. Nairobi West
  4. Hurlingham
  5. Kilimani
  6. Nyayo
  7. Donholm
  8. Kasarani
  9. Langata
  10. Buruburu
  11. Ngong

If your income is less than Ksh 100, 000, you’ll struggle to survive in Nairobi. You’ll be forced to live in average estates like Tassia where rent for a 2 bedroom house is Ksh 18,000.

Those earning less than Ksh50, 000 are really struggling. Most of them live in poor estates like Pipeline, Kibera, Dandora, Kibera,Kariobangi and Korogocho.

To earn a salary of Ksh150, 000 in Nairobi, you have to hold a senior position in an organization. Alternatively, start a profitable business that can generate over Ksh150, 000 per month.

Jobs that pay over Ksh150,000 per month in Nairobi:

  1. Medical Doctor
  2. CEO
  3. Pilot
  4. Lawyer
  5. Architecture
  6. Quantity Surveyor
  7. Lecturer
  8. Auditor in Big Four audit companies
  9. Finance Manager
  10. Data Manager
  11. NGOs
  12. Government Parastatals
  13. United Nations
  14. Central Bank of Kenya
  15. Software Engineer
  16. Electrical Engineer
  17. Bank Manager

List of businesses that generate profits of over Ksh150,000 per month in Kenya

  1. Hardware shop
  2. PlayStation
  3. Chemist
  4. Motor vehicle spare part business
  5. Bodaboda spare part business
  6. Pub
  7. Grocery shop
  8. Executive salon/Kinyozi
  9. Fast food restaurant
  10. Electronics shop
  11. Mobile phone repair shop
  12. Matatu business
  13. Petrol station
  14. Car was business
  15. Garage

In order to live comfortably in Nairobi, you have to spend at least Ksh 2,000 per day. If your daily spending is less than Ksh1000,you aren’t comfortable. Lunch alone takes Ksh500,transport Ksh200,supper Ksh500 and other expenses at least Ksh200.


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