Which Dutch city has the lowest cost of living?

Time to move! πŸ“¦

From sky-high rents to pricey healthcare and expensive groceries β€” we can all agree that life in the Netherlands is heel duur (very expensive).

Do you dream of a city where your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief? Then you might be interested in knowing which Dutch city is the most budget-friendly for its inhabitants!

123Jaloezie has crunched the numbers to find out which of the 20 most popular Dutch cities to live in is the most affordable. Researchers took into account factors such as the average salaries, cost of rent and costs for essential facilities.

Breda comes out on top

Now you may be thinking: “Disposable income? We don’t know her” β€” and we feel you. However, according to the study, people in Breda can’t relate to that struggle.

READ MORE | The cost of living in the Netherlands in 2023

People earn an average monthly salary of €3,627 while allocating only €1,110 per month to their essential living costs. This leaves them with a whopping €2,517 per person per month for biertjes, vacations, or to put into their savings. Good for them!

How do other cities compare?

Well, for one: in all other major cities besides The Hague, people’s disposable income is below €2,000 per month. In Haarlem, which comes in last place, people have a disposable income of just €798.

But enough talk, let’s just give you the list:

PlaceCityAverage disposable income
2The Hague€2,120
16Den Bosch€1,434
Source: 123Jaloezie

Are you surprised by the findings of this study? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Lyna Meyrer πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
Lyna Meyrer πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
Say 'hoi' to Lyna, our Senior Writer at DutchReview! Fueled by a love for writing, social media, and all things Dutch, she joined the DR family in 2022. Since making the Netherlands her home in 2018, she has collected a BA in English Literature & Society (Hons.) and an RMA in Arts, Literature and Media (Hons.). Even though she grew up just a few hours away from the Netherlands, Lyna remains captivated by the guttural language, quirky culture, and questionable foods that make the Netherlands so wonderfully Dutch.


  1. Well yeah!!! The cities with highest disposable income are the cities with highest income jobs. Am I right? Cost of livings would be more informative.


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