Cost of Living Comparison Between Medellin and San Jose 

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Consumer Prices in San Jose are 61.3% higher than in Medellin (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in San Jose are 55.9% higher than in Medellin
Rent Prices in San Jose are 40.2% higher than in Medellin
Restaurant Prices in San Jose are 88.5% higher than in Medellin
Groceries Prices in San Jose are 73.5% higher than in Medellin
Local Purchasing Power in San Jose is 32.1% higher than in Medellin
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Restaurants
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 22,000.00 Col$
(2,941.95 ₡)
41,129.16 Col$
(5,500.00 ₡)
     +87.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 110,000.00 Col$
(14,709.76 ₡)
224,363.31 Col$
(30,003.00 ₡)
     +104.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 26,000.00 Col$
(3,476.85 ₡)
37,390.15 Col$
(5,000.00 ₡)
     +43.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5,000.00 Col$
(668.63 ₡)
13,273.50 Col$
(1,775.00 ₡)
     +165.5 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12,000.00 Col$
(1,604.70 ₡)
19,442.88 Col$
(2,600.00 ₡)
     +62.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 6,518.83 Col$
(871.73 ₡)
13,650.09 Col$
(1,825.36 ₡)
     +109.4 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3,923.38 Col$
(524.65 ₡)
7,625.75 Col$
(1,019.75 ₡)
     +94.4 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,888.88 Col$
(386.32 ₡)
5,744.58 Col$
(768.20 ₡)
     +98.9 %
Markets
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 16,958.65 Col$
(2,267.80 ₡)
27,831.49 Col$
(3,721.77 ₡)
     +64.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4,659.29 Col$
(623.06 ₡)
9,249.93 Col$
(1,236.95 ₡)
     +98.5 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2,193.00 Col$
(293.26 ₡)
3,866.39 Col$
(517.03 ₡)
     +76.3 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 8,472.52 Col$
(1,132.99 ₡)
12,450.80 Col$
(1,664.98 ₡)
     +47.0 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9,057.93 Col$
(1,211.27 ₡)
15,640.80 Col$
(2,091.57 ₡)
     +72.7 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10,298.92 Col$
(1,377.22 ₡)
17,461.42 Col$
(2,335.03 ₡)
     +69.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 18,533.01 Col$
(2,478.33 ₡)
25,852.94 Col$
(3,457.19 ₡)
     +39.5 %
Apples (1 lb) 4,276.38 Col$
(571.86 ₡)
8,726.82 Col$
(1,166.99 ₡)
     +104.1 %
Banana (1 lb) 1,634.07 Col$
(218.52 ₡)
2,273.37 Col$
(304.01 ₡)
     +39.1 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2,267.55 Col$
(303.23 ₡)
4,989.60 Col$
(667.23 ₡)
     +120.0 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2,603.30 Col$
(348.13 ₡)
4,909.36 Col$
(656.50 ₡)
     +88.6 %
Potato (1 lb) 2,096.16 Col$
(280.31 ₡)
4,545.46 Col$
(607.84 ₡)
     +116.8 %
Onion (1 lb) 2,247.63 Col$
(300.57 ₡)
4,132.70 Col$
(552.65 ₡)
     +83.9 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3,394.76 Col$
(453.97 ₡)
4,330.31 Col$
(579.07 ₡)
     +27.6 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3,341.50 Col$
(446.84 ₡)
8,826.98 Col$
(1,180.39 ₡)
     +164.2 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 38,071.68 Col$
(5,091.14 ₡)
59,824.23 Col$
(8,000.00 ₡)
     +57.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4,465.29 Col$
(597.12 ₡)
9,236.82 Col$
(1,235.19 ₡)
     +106.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7,876.12 Col$
(1,053.23 ₡)
11,681.61 Col$
(1,562.12 ₡)
     +48.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9,000.00 Col$
(1,203.53 ₡)
17,573.37 Col$
(2,350.00 ₡)
     +95.3 %
Transportation
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,925.00 Col$
(391.15 ₡)
3,365.11 Col$
(450.00 ₡)
     +15.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200,000.00 Col$
(26,745.01 ₡)
146,309.26 Col$
(19,565.22 ₡)
     -26.8 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5,000.00 Col$
(668.63 ₡)
6,393.71 Col$
(855.00 ₡)
     +27.9 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 12,874.76 Col$
(1,721.68 ₡)
9,238.13 Col$
(1,235.37 ₡)
     -28.2 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30,000.00 Col$
(4,011.75 ₡)
26,640.48 Col$
(3,562.50 ₡)
     -11.2 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 14,719.98 Col$
(1,968.43 ₡)
21,421.80 Col$
(2,864.63 ₡)
     +45.5 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 78,000,000.00 Col$
(10,430,555.84 ₡)
121,144,071.32 Col$
(16,200,000.00 ₡)
     +55.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 110,100,117.80 Col$
(14,723,146.49 ₡)
124,361,279.90 Col$
(16,630,221.46 ₡)
     +13.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 313,985.56 Col$
(41,987.74 ₡)
274,879.29 Col$
(36,758.25 ₡)
     -12.5 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 39,032.24 Col$
(5,219.59 ₡)
84,501.73 Col$
(11,300.00 ₡)
     +116.5 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 96,615.38 Col$
(12,919.90 ₡)
190,546.33 Col$
(25,480.82 ₡)
     +97.2 %
Sports And Leisure
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 104,428.71 Col$
(13,964.74 ₡)
225,595.99 Col$
(30,167.84 ₡)
     +116.0 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 55,000.00 Col$
(7,354.88 ₡)
111,977.62 Col$
(14,974.22 ₡)
     +103.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15,000.00 Col$
(2,005.88 ₡)
29,912.12 Col$
(4,000.00 ₡)
     +99.4 %
Childcare
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 920,000.00 Col$
(123,027.07 ₡)
1,776,031.91 Col$
(237,500.00 ₡)
     +93.0 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,000,000.00 Col$
(3,343,126.87 ₡)
41,055,608.67 Col$
(5,490,164.34 ₡)
     +64.2 %
Clothing And Shoes
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 213,703.07 Col$
(28,577.46 ₡)
320,869.67 Col$
(42,908.32 ₡)
     +50.1 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 155,625.00 Col$
(20,810.96 ₡)
200,146.26 Col$
(26,764.57 ₡)
     +28.6 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 345,714.29 Col$
(46,230.67 ₡)
485,603.15 Col$
(64,937.32 ₡)
     +40.5 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 335,439.75 Col$
(44,856.71 ₡)
457,858.24 Col$
(61,227.13 ₡)
     +36.5 %
Rent Per Month
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,848,187.78 Col$
(247,149.05 ₡)
2,685,674.57 Col$
(359,142.03 ₡)
     +45.3 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,452,579.78 Col$
(194,246.34 ₡)
1,699,542.90 Col$
(227,271.50 ₡)
     +17.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,402,222.20 Col$
(454,962.42 ₡)
5,337,233.61 Col$
(713,721.96 ₡)
     +56.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,011,129.73 Col$
(402,663.55 ₡)
3,965,807.52 Col$
(530,327.91 ₡)
     +31.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 643,802.10 Col$
(86,092.48 ₡)
628,043.59 Col$
(83,985.18 ₡)
     -2.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 556,413.11 Col$
(74,406.39 ₡)
470,980.51 Col$
(62,981.90 ₡)
     -15.4 %
Salaries And Financing
Medellin Edit San Jose Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,637,787.88 Col$
(219,013.31 ₡)
3,373,410.81 Col$
(451,109.61 ₡)
     +106.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.55 9.58      -34.1 %
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