Cost of Living in Mexico City

Cost of living in Mexico City is 58.87% lower than in New York, NY Info
Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 454.22€ (7,999.50MXN) and for four person family at 1,669.42€ (29,400.89MXN) (without rent).
Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 MXN 60.00-120.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 MXN 350.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 MXN 60.00-99.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 25.00 MXN 17.00-34.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 50.00 MXN 35.00-70.00
Cappuccino (regular) 36.52 MXN 28.00-45.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 10.30 MXN 8.00-15.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 8.65 MXN 6.00-12.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 57.25 MXN 53.00-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 21.82 MXN 18.14-26.31
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.55 MXN 5.44-9.07
Eggs (12) 26.54 MXN 22.00-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 44.35 MXN 31.75-54.43
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 39.20 MXN 30.84-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 62.17 MXN 52.16-83.91
Apples (1 lb) 14.72 MXN 9.98-18.14
Banana (1 lb) 6.02 MXN 4.54-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 5.94 MXN 4.54-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 8.66 MXN 6.80-11.34
Potato (1 lb) 7.52 MXN 4.54-11.34
Onion (1 lb) 6.99 MXN 4.54-9.98
Lettuce (1 head) 9.65 MXN 8.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 12.60 MXN 10.00-15.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 MXN 90.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 21.12 MXN 15.00-30.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 37.86 MXN 25.00-50.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 47.00 MXN 43.00-52.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 MXN 5.00-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 MXN 200.00-400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 9.00 MXN 8.40-13.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 MXN 6.44-16.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 MXN 70.00-130.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 53.32 MXN 51.37-56.78
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 250,000.00 MXN 200,000.00-300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 653.43 MXN 425.00-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.39 MXN 1.00-3.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 389.27 MXN 300.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,122.76 MXN 500.00-1,800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 283.33 MXN 200.00-350.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 70.00 MXN 60.00-80.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 764.28 MXN 550.00-900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 633.33 MXN 400.00-850.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,181.82 MXN 900.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,248.76 MXN 800.00-1,700.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 8,243.90 MXN 6,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,128.38 MXN 4,000.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 18,044.55 MXN 12,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,997.37 MXN 7,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,752.81 MXN 1,858.05-3,716.09
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,747.75 MXN 1,449.28-1,999.98
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 11,244.72 MXN 8,000.00-18,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.22 10.00-12.00

Prices in Mexico City

These data are based on 2858 entries in the past 12 months from 209 different contributors.
Last update: November, 2015
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13 Comments so far
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2015 :
The salary listed is extremely inflated. The actual *median* salary in Mexico City is 4900 pesos. That is, 50% earn less than that, and 50% earn more. On the other hand, since this website is in English and seems to be geared toward people who have the economic leverage to choose between working in a bunch of different global cities, the amount that the target audience could expect to earn is much more than the median.

The profile of the typical user of this site might also explain some rather inflated figures, as well. 500 pesos for 2 people at a "mid-range" restaurant seems crazy to me - that figure is for an expensive restaurant, but wealthy expats who live, work, and consume in only the most posh neighborhoods may have no idea how unrepresentative their perception of "mid-range" is. And 80 pesos is at the high end of an inexpensive restaurant meal. A typical "comida corrida" meal, a multi-course lunch in a small family restaurant, costs 40-60 pesos. And one great thing about Mexico City is that you can have a good meal at a street stand and spend 30-40 pesos.

The rent is also inflated. The figures for "outside of the city center" are actually pretty good figures for rent living exactly in the city center, in a typical Mexico City apt. The figures for "living in the city center" correspond *not* to the center, but rather to upper middle class areas like Condesa, Del Carmen, Del Valle, and Cuauhtémoc. (Not for luxury apartments, but apartments nicer than what a typical middle class apartment in Mexico City.) The rent in a working class neighborhood or an area further away from business/cultural centers is much less, although many expats would prefer not to live in those areas.

If you're not a businessperson working for an international corp. or highly skilled professional living in an exclusive neighborhood and consuming American/Western European style goods, you can live comfortably and spend less for many of the items listed here.
#Nicolas on Oct 25, 2015 :
So a person that does not live in the city center and lives in a 1-room flat, spends still half of his/her salary for the rent?
#Ferdinando on Aug 14, 2015 :
My entry on a mid range restaurant is based on my recent visit to VIP's a Mexican chain restaurant for lunch no discount offered.
However, food prices in Mexico city tend to vary on which part of the city you are at.
For example, sometimes 4 (four) tacos and a soda at a food truck or improvised restaurant, no decor nor upscale neighborhood could be as expensive as eating in one of these chain restaurants.
I left many spaces blank as I don't drink alcohol and I live at my own place.
US dollar has gone up dramatically in the last three months thus making imported goods quite more expensive, for example 890 grams of US Choice rib eye steaks at Costco - cost cutting club, very popular in North America- can go as much as 700.00 MXN
Opposite to European goods; I was able to buy 250 grams of German brand Davidoff rich aroma coffee for 40.00MXN when the average half a kilo of mexican grown coffee can go as high as 90.00 MXN
Spain's liver pathe for 25.00MXN versus 45.00MXN to the low quality produced in Mexico.
I would be more than glad to help you keeping up to date on the prices that I know of.
I'm a 50 year old single, professional man living on my own so I tend to eat out most of the time.
#Anonymous on Jul 22, 2015 :
Let´s not forget that Mexico is quite an inequal country and that 33.2% (37.6 million) of the population live with less than $5.00 a day, this is the main reason why there is so much confusion with the average salary.
In such inequal countries, basing our judgement on average figures is just unreliable.
#sheri mcgugan on Mar 18, 2015 :
I wanted to know how much could I rent a home in mexico city for by the month. at least 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
#Anonymous on Dec 01, 2014 :
Alberto H is right, average monthly salary in Mexico City is at MX$366.53/day which makes it around US$655 or MX$9163/month for 25 days of work. I'm leaving an article of El Universal about it, the source they used was the Mexican Social Security Institute and the date was jan 2014
#ruby on Sep 18, 2014 :
I'm trying to move over to study for acting in the Mexico City, San Angel by January 2015. Does anyine know of any affordable room or studio renting available...?
Please please help.
#alberto h on Aug 28, 2014 :
Salary might be accurate as an average, because there are many rich people here, but for the most people its inaccurate, id say it 600-700dll/month its more accurate for most people here.
#Anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 :
There is a big Gap in between. For example. If I made 100 dollars a month and my neighbor made 5000 , the average would be about 2500. So the ridiculously rich reallt throw it all off. I would say that the salary is not accurate. My opinion though.
#Silvânia on Apr 10, 2014 :
I'd like to know about cosmetics prices...
#Anonymous on Jan 06, 2014 :
$12,000 as the "average" is quite inflated. This is not taking into account the almost %60 percente of the population that has to work in the informal economy, most of which make less than $200 MX/day.
#Anonymous on Nov 07, 2013 :
^^ keep in mind it is the average salary, some people make more and some make less.
#Anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 :
Average salary seems low. My cousins live in Mexico and all earn about double stated slary.

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