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What you’d pay if you lived in these cities

An aerial view of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (left) and Lagos, Nigeria. PHOTOS | FILE
An aerial view of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (left) and Lagos, Nigeria. PHOTOS | FILE 

How much would you pay for rent if you were working outside Kenya? Expatriates living in Nairobi spend about 20 per cent of their income on rent, utilities and security, yet Kenya remains expensive compared to African cities such as Johannesburg, Lagos and Cairo.

Housing in Nairobi is 39 per cent more expensive than Lagos, and 20 per more than Johannesburg, data from Expatisan, an online platform that compares the cost of living across cities in the world for expatriates shows.

Housing in Nairobi is eight per cent more expensive than in Dar es Salaam.

Ben Woodhams, the Knight Frank managing director says more mature African cities tend to have a higher supply of homes that would appeal to expatriates, which means lower rents.

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