Cost of Living Comparison Between Costa Rica and United States Reverse

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Consumer Prices in United States are 31.4% higher than in Costa Rica (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 59.6% higher than in Costa Rica
Rent Prices in United States are 161.1% higher than in Costa Rica
Restaurant Prices in United States are 50.8% higher than in Costa Rica
Groceries Prices in United States are 29.9% higher than in Costa Rica
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 211.8% higher than in Costa Rica
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Restaurants
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,000.00 ₡
(9.94 $)
10,055.93 ₡
(20.00 $)
     +101.1 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30,000.00 ₡
(59.67 $)
37,709.73 ₡
(75.00 $)
     +25.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5,000.00 ₡
(9.94 $)
5,405.06 ₡
(10.75 $)
     +8.1 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡
(2.98 $)
3,016.78 ₡
(6.00 $)
     +101.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,350.00 ₡
(4.67 $)
3,519.57 ₡
(7.00 $)
     +49.8 %
Cappuccino (regular) 1,773.40 ₡
(3.53 $)
2,564.51 ₡
(5.10 $)
     +44.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,039.14 ₡
(2.07 $)
1,249.69 ₡
(2.49 $)
     +20.3 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 811.63 ₡
(1.61 $)
1,034.88 ₡
(2.06 $)
     +27.5 %
Markets
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,667.68 ₡
(7.29 $)
2,014.12 ₡
(4.01 $)
     -45.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,271.70 ₡
(2.53 $)
1,625.76 ₡
(3.23 $)
     +27.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 514.70 ₡
(1.02 $)
1,040.83 ₡
(2.07 $)
     +102.2 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,755.64 ₡
(3.49 $)
1,869.40 ₡
(3.72 $)
     +6.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,929.21 ₡
(3.84 $)
2,929.88 ₡
(5.83 $)
     +51.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2,170.79 ₡
(4.32 $)
2,768.19 ₡
(5.51 $)
     +27.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,984.74 ₡
(5.94 $)
3,658.28 ₡
(7.28 $)
     +22.6 %
Apples (1 lb) 1,028.73 ₡
(2.05 $)
1,211.44 ₡
(2.41 $)
     +17.8 %
Banana (1 lb) 373.70 ₡
(0.74 $)
382.66 ₡
(0.76 $)
     +2.4 %
Oranges (1 lb) 654.40 ₡
(1.30 $)
1,023.95 ₡
(2.04 $)
     +56.5 %
Tomato (1 lb) 607.28 ₡
(1.21 $)
1,118.53 ₡
(2.22 $)
     +84.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 592.39 ₡
(1.18 $)
687.01 ₡
(1.37 $)
     +16.0 %
Onion (1 lb) 600.30 ₡
(1.19 $)
693.30 ₡
(1.38 $)
     +15.5 %
Lettuce (1 head) 518.99 ₡
(1.03 $)
1,084.87 ₡
(2.16 $)
     +109.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,215.63 ₡
(2.42 $)
1,099.43 ₡
(2.19 $)
     -9.6 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,500.00 ₡
(14.92 $)
7,541.95 ₡
(15.00 $)
     +0.6 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,133.87 ₡
(2.26 $)
888.68 ₡
(1.77 $)
     -21.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,453.84 ₡
(2.89 $)
1,784.00 ₡
(3.55 $)
     +22.7 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,500.00 ₡
(4.97 $)
5,027.96 ₡
(10.00 $)
     +101.1 %
Transportation
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 500.00 ₡
(0.99 $)
1,256.99 ₡
(2.50 $)
     +151.4 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 21,269.57 ₡
(42.30 $)
36,201.34 ₡
(72.00 $)
     +70.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 900.00 ₡
(1.79 $)
1,885.49 ₡
(3.75 $)
     +109.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,464.50 ₡
(2.91 $)
1,407.83 ₡
(2.80 $)
     -3.9 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,725.00 ₡
(7.41 $)
15,083.89 ₡
(30.00 $)
     +304.9 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,909.96 ₡
(5.79 $)
1,837.10 ₡
(3.65 $)
     -36.9 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,200,000.00 ₡
(32,219.80 $)
16,592,281.79 ₡
(33,000.00 $)
     +2.4 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,301,467.59 ₡
(34,410.48 $)
13,118,915.07 ₡
(26,091.90 $)
     -24.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 43,689.72 ₡
(86.89 $)
103,538.66 ₡
(205.93 $)
     +137.0 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 12,295.13 ₡
(24.45 $)
26,279.89 ₡
(52.27 $)
     +113.7 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25,766.49 ₡
(51.25 $)
35,728.85 ₡
(71.06 $)
     +38.7 %
Sports And Leisure
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,921.73 ₡
(55.53 $)
23,949.61 ₡
(47.63 $)
     -14.2 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16,649.46 ₡
(33.11 $)
11,273.89 ₡
(22.42 $)
     -32.3 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4,000.00 ₡
(7.96 $)
7,039.15 ₡
(14.00 $)
     +76.0 %
Childcare
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 238,384.86 ₡
(474.12 $)
691,467.96 ₡
(1,375.24 $)
     +190.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,661,622.50 ₡
(9,271.39 $)
11,575,078.86 ₡
(23,021.40 $)
     +148.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,914.05 ₡
(75.41 $)
26,386.34 ₡
(52.48 $)
     -30.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,430.27 ₡
(52.57 $)
21,897.04 ₡
(43.55 $)
     -17.2 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,085.62 ₡
(117.51 $)
44,729.97 ₡
(88.96 $)
     -24.3 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 51,634.38 ₡
(102.69 $)
57,949.46 ₡
(115.25 $)
     +12.2 %
Rent Per Month
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 335,373.69 ₡
(667.02 $)
894,139.69 ₡
(1,778.33 $)
     +166.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 239,502.09 ₡
(476.34 $)
735,788.83 ₡
(1,463.39 $)
     +207.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 636,172.90 ₡
(1,265.27 $)
1,499,617.96 ₡
(2,982.55 $)
     +135.7 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 454,139.44 ₡
(903.23 $)
1,217,459.99 ₡
(2,421.38 $)
     +168.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 89,406.02 ₡
(177.82 $)
172,777.14 ₡
(343.63 $)
     +93.3 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 60,710.60 ₡
(120.75 $)
135,763.77 ₡
(270.02 $)
     +123.6 %
Salaries And Financing
Costa Rica Edit United States Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 460,468.23 ₡
(915.81 $)
2,291,651.31 ₡
(4,557.81 $)
     +397.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.86 6.57      -33.4 %
Last update: April 2024April 2024
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