Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about the quality of life in cities and countries worldwide, has published a price comparison for July 2016 between the four largest cities in Croatia – Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek and Split. And according to their findings Rijeka is the most expensive city among the four largest Croatian cities.
Its citizens have to spend most of their money on groceries thus the groceries index of this city is 42.38. In terms of the apartment rent, the rent index is 11.27 which is slightly lower in comparison to Zagreb's rent index of 12.84 which is the most expensive in Croatia. Food in restaurants is the most expensive in Split with 48.64 restaurant price index. Among these four cities the lowest cost of living is, as expected, in Osijek with the rent index of 6.99 and the groceries index of 37.01.
For an apartment of 85 sqm Croats pay 1,200 Kunas worth of household bills monthly whilst the rent of a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre amounts to around 2,100 Kunas. The average net salary in Croatia is around 5000 Kunas.
The cost of living in Croatia is 32.78 per cent lower than in the United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Whilst the rent in Croatia is 73.66 percent lower than in the United States (average data for all cities).
Even though Numbeo didn't include Dubrovnik in its cost of living comparison survey among the four largest Croatian cities, it should be noted that the cost of living index (excluding rent) of Dubrovnik is 57.32, which is significantly higher in comparison to Rijeka (50.77), Split (50.70), Zagreb (49.87) and Osijek (45.13). Making Dubrovnik the most expensive city to live in Croatia. The cost of living in Dubrovnik is 16.8 percent more expensive than Zagreb, 19 per cent more expensive than Rijeka and 16.7 per cent more expensive than Split. The biggest difference in the cost of living is in comparison to Osijek i.e. Dubrovnik is 49.2 per cent more expensive than Osijek.