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Cost of Living in San Jose, Costa Rica

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 63.80
Rent Index: 20.23
Groceries Index: 63.76
Restaurants Index: 56.19
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 42.56
Local Purchasing Power: 57.76

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡
3,500.00
5,000.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 22,000.00 ₡
18,581.50
25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3,500.00 ₡
3,500.00
3,716.30
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1,325.00 ₡
1,150.00
1,500.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2,000.00 ₡
1,800.00
2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,331.18 ₡
1,000.00
1,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 765.56 ₡
680.00
900.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 621.11 ₡
540.00
750.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 776.67 ₡
700.00
820.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 750.00 ₡
600.00
1,000.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 1,244.67 ₡
1,000.00
1,592.70
Eggs (12) 1,820.00 ₡
1,400.00
2,100.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 3,849.60 ₡
3,000.00
4,500.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 3,937.08 ₡
3,185.40
4,500.00
Apples (1kg) 2,507.79 ₡
2,000.00
3,000.00
Oranges (1kg) 1,150.00 ₡
750.00
2,000.00
Tomato (1kg) 969.50 ₡
700.00
1,200.00
Potato (1kg) 988.33 ₡
800.00
1,200.00
Lettuce (1 head) 425.00 ₡
300.00
500.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,341.67 ₡
1,150.00
1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡
5,500.00
7,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,104.17 ₡
925.00
1,300.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1,633.33 ₡
1,500.00
2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,650.00 ₡
1,500.00
2,000.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 350.00 ₡
350.00
500.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 22,000.00 ₡
20,000.00
23,890.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡
615.00
700.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡
615.00
640.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,640.00 ₡
3,545.00
7,000.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 734.06 ₡
607.00
771.37
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,865,200.00 ₡
12,000,000.00
15,927,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 43,016.67 ₡
28,333.33
50,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 33.75 ₡
30.00
35.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33,391.19 ₡
25,000.00
40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,500.00 ₡
20,000.00
35,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,500.00 ₡
7,000.00
14,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,092.70 ₡
2,500.00
3,500.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43,333.33 ₡
35,000.00
50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34,000.00 ₡
26,000.00
40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 53,666.67 ₡
47,000.00
65,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 65,000.00 ₡
50,000.00
80,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 312,660.71 ₡
250,000.00
400,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 258,104.17 ₡
180,000.00
345,085.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 500,253.00 ₡
450,000.00
600,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 407,725.00 ₡
300,000.00
530,900.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 680,926.00 ₡
371,630.00
850,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 741,250.00 ₡
625,000.00
1,000,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 424,771.88 ₡
350,000.00
600,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 14.40
13.00
16.00

These data are based on 565 entries in the past 18 months from 67 different contributors.

Last update: April, 2015

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1 Comments so far

#Alejandro on Jun 15, 2013 :
Having lived in CR for many years, I can say that it's an affordable place to live, rent is not bad, it's increasing that's for sure, food is relatively cheap, utilities are cheap, since most people don't have to worry about AC/Heater, it's always cool, around 75F. The only thing that I don't agree with is the price for the internet, goodness, for 1Mbps Download / 256 or 512 Kbps upload, they charge like $40, where I live now in the US I pay $40 for 20Mbps download, 5 Mbps Upload.

Weather, one of the reasons I moved out of there, it rains like crazy, every day pretty much from May to November, it rains for hours and hours, I hate it.

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