As of the end of August 2023, El Salvador’s basic food basket cost per family is $255.19 for the urban sector and $189.02 for rural areas. The Salvadoran essential food basket cost in urban areas is about 25.9% more expensive than in the rural sector.
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 $238.95 in August 2022 to $255.19 in August 2023, an increment of 6.80% in one year.
Year-to-date, the basic food basket in urban areas is up by $14.82 or 6.17%; it has gone from $240.37 at the end of December 2022 to $255.19 at the end of August 2023.
With a decrease of $0.17, August is the third month this year in which the Basic Food basket cost in the urban sector has decreased.
The food basket cost in the urban sector has increased by 26.10% since the Bukele administration began; it went from $202.37 in June 2019 to $255.19 in August 2023, an increment of $52.82.
Salvadoran Basic Food Basket Cost in Rural Areas
The rural sector is not immune to the increasingly high cost of living. The rural cost of the basic food basket has increased from $179.47 in August 2022 to $189.02 in August 2023, an increment of 5.32% in one year.
In August 2023, the food basket cost for rural El Salvador decreased by $4.96, or -2.56%, compared to the previous month.
Year-to-date, the basic food basket in rural regions is up by $7.48 or 4.12%; it has gone from $181.54 at the end of December 2022 to $189.02 at the end of August 2023.
In rural areas, the food basket cost has increased by 30.87% since the Bukele administration started; it went from $144.43 in June 2019 to $189.02 in August 2023, an increment of $44.59.