Cost of Living Comparison Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Reverse

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Consumer Prices in Nicaragua are 38.5% lower than in Costa Rica (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Nicaragua are 41.1% lower than in Costa Rica
Rent Prices in Nicaragua are 50.2% lower than in Costa Rica
Restaurant Prices in Nicaragua are 52.8% lower than in Costa Rica
Groceries Prices in Nicaragua are 32.7% lower than in Costa Rica
Local Purchasing Power in Nicaragua is 48.1% lower than in Costa Rica
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Restaurants
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,000.00 ₡
(9.98 $)
2,004.40 ₡
(4.00 $)
     -59.9 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30,000.00 ₡
(59.87 $)
14,622.40 ₡
(29.18 $)
     -51.3 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5,000.00 ₡
(9.98 $)
2,811.15 ₡
(5.61 $)
     -43.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡
(2.99 $)
666.46 ₡
(1.33 $)
     -55.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,350.00 ₡
(4.69 $)
1,002.20 ₡
(2.00 $)
     -57.4 %
Cappuccino (regular) 1,772.74 ₡
(3.54 $)
999.87 ₡
(2.00 $)
     -43.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,038.76 ₡
(2.07 $)
451.57 ₡
(0.90 $)
     -56.5 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 811.38 ₡
(1.62 $)
370.35 ₡
(0.74 $)
     -54.4 %
Markets
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,667.04 ₡
(7.32 $)
2,041.59 ₡
(4.07 $)
     -44.3 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,271.10 ₡
(2.54 $)
594.06 ₡
(1.19 $)
     -53.3 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 514.53 ₡
(1.03 $)
245.13 ₡
(0.49 $)
     -52.4 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,754.77 ₡
(3.50 $)
931.43 ₡
(1.86 $)
     -46.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,928.58 ₡
(3.85 $)
1,028.90 ₡
(2.05 $)
     -46.7 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2,170.09 ₡
(4.33 $)
1,174.06 ₡
(2.34 $)
     -45.9 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,984.04 ₡
(5.95 $)
1,779.89 ₡
(3.55 $)
     -40.4 %
Apples (1 lb) 1,028.45 ₡
(2.05 $)
1,128.97 ₡
(2.25 $)
     +9.8 %
Banana (1 lb) 373.51 ₡
(0.75 $)
336.43 ₡
(0.67 $)
     -9.9 %
Oranges (1 lb) 654.14 ₡
(1.31 $)
838.76 ₡
(1.67 $)
     +28.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 607.09 ₡
(1.21 $)
303.54 ₡
(0.61 $)
     -50.0 %
Potato (1 lb) 592.22 ₡
(1.18 $)
448.64 ₡
(0.90 $)
     -24.2 %
Onion (1 lb) 600.12 ₡
(1.20 $)
356.39 ₡
(0.71 $)
     -40.6 %
Lettuce (1 head) 518.87 ₡
(1.04 $)
447.62 ₡
(0.89 $)
     -13.7 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,215.41 ₡
(2.43 $)
429.43 ₡
(0.86 $)
     -64.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,500.00 ₡
(14.97 $)
5,011.01 ₡
(10.00 $)
     -33.2 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,133.64 ₡
(2.26 $)
642.57 ₡
(1.28 $)
     -43.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,453.70 ₡
(2.90 $)
1,060.56 ₡
(2.12 $)
     -27.0 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,500.00 ₡
(4.99 $)
1,465.72 ₡
(2.92 $)
     -41.4 %
Transportation
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 500.00 ₡
(1.00 $)
112.75 ₡
(0.23 $)
     -77.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 21,269.57 ₡
(42.45 $)
4,629.74 ₡
(9.24 $)
     -78.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 900.00 ₡
(1.80 $)
300.66 ₡
(0.60 $)
     -66.6 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,464.50 ₡
(2.92 $)
457.05 ₡
(0.91 $)
     -68.8 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,725.00 ₡
(7.43 $)
5,011.01 ₡
(10.00 $)
     +34.5 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,909.70 ₡
(5.81 $)
2,537.48 ₡
(5.06 $)
     -12.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,200,000.00 ₡
(32,328.81 $)
10,272,571.18 ₡
(20,500.00 $)
     -36.6 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,296,523.04 ₡
(34,517.04 $)
13,863,795.25 ₡
(27,666.67 $)
     -19.8 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 43,681.24 ₡
(87.17 $)
36,023.69 ₡
(71.89 $)
     -17.5 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 12,293.30 ₡
(24.53 $)
8,181.31 ₡
(16.33 $)
     -33.4 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25,757.26 ₡
(51.40 $)
26,017.53 ₡
(51.92 $)
     +1.0 %
Sports And Leisure
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,914.77 ₡
(55.71 $)
16,134.19 ₡
(32.20 $)
     -42.2 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16,645.00 ₡
(33.22 $)
0.00 ₡
(0.00 $)
     -100.0 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4,000.00 ₡
(7.98 $)
3,507.71 ₡
(7.00 $)
     -12.3 %
Childcare
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 238,279.21 ₡
(475.51 $)
59,714.54 ₡
(119.17 $)
     -74.9 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,657,181.40 ₡
(9,293.90 $)
3,720,675.17 ₡
(7,425.00 $)
     -20.1 %
Clothing And Shoes
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,907.49 ₡
(75.65 $)
22,276.68 ₡
(44.46 $)
     -41.2 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,420.58 ₡
(52.73 $)
20,486.00 ₡
(40.88 $)
     -22.5 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,056.85 ₡
(117.85 $)
39,417.65 ₡
(78.66 $)
     -33.3 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 51,623.64 ₡
(103.02 $)
30,086.71 ₡
(60.04 $)
     -41.7 %
Rent Per Month
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 334,940.86 ₡
(668.41 $)
161,605.08 ₡
(322.50 $)
     -51.8 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 239,291.16 ₡
(477.53 $)
111,181.79 ₡
(221.88 $)
     -53.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 635,461.80 ₡
(1,268.13 $)
318,199.16 ₡
(635.00 $)
     -49.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 453,624.13 ₡
(905.25 $)
236,631.04 ₡
(472.22 $)
     -47.8 %
Buy Apartment Price
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 89,434.73 ₡
(178.48 $)
44,691.43 ₡
(89.19 $)
     -50.0 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 60,701.89 ₡
(121.14 $)
35,862.44 ₡
(71.57 $)
     -40.9 %
Salaries And Financing
Costa Rica Edit Nicaragua Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 460,180.35 ₡
(918.34 $)
140,808.13 ₡
(281.00 $)
     -69.4 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.86 14.00      +42.0 %
Last update: April 2024March 2024
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