As of March 2023, El Salvador’s basic food basket cost per family is $249.70 for the urban sector and $187.08 for rural areas. The Salvadoran essential food basket cost in urban areas is about 25% more expensive than in the rural sector.
One of the principal worries Salvadorans have in 2023 is the high cost of living, which includes El Salvador’s basic food basket cost. This essential food cost is set using a family of 3.73 members for urban and 4.26 for rural areas; it includes essential items such as bread, tortillas, rice, meats, eggs, milk, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
Salvadoran basic food basket cost in urban areas
The Salvadoran basic food basket in urban areas has increased from $215.45 in February 2022 to $249.70 in February 2023, an increment of 15.90% in one year.
This urban consumer price index is increasing in 2023; in February, the food basket cost increased by $4.68 or 1.91% compared to the previous month.
The food basket cost in the urban sector has increased by 23.39% since the Bukele administration began; it went from $202.37 in June 2019 to $249.70 in February 2023, an increment of $47.33.
Salvadoran basic food basket cost in Rural areas
The rural sector is not immune to the increasingly high cost of living. The cost of the basic food basket has increased from $156.50 in February 2022 to $187.08 in February 2023, an increment of 19.54% in one year.
In February 2023, the food basket cost increased by $1.82, or 0.98%, compared to the previous month.
In rural areas, the food basket cost has increased by 29.53% since the Bukele administration started; it went from $144.43 in June 2019 to $187.08 in February 2023, an increment of $42.65.
With record lows in violence and homicides, Salvadorans are primarily worried about the country’s economy. Inflation is high, and essential food items are getting more expensive. Add to the mix the low wages, and you will see why this is the primary concern for most Salvadorans, especially those living in poverty.