Cost of Living Comparison Between United States and Costa Rica Reverse

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Consumer Prices in Costa Rica are 27.3% lower than in United States (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Costa Rica are 42.0% lower than in United States
Rent Prices in Costa Rica are 66.7% lower than in United States
Restaurant Prices in Costa Rica are 35.1% lower than in United States
Groceries Prices in Costa Rica are 29.8% lower than in United States
Local Purchasing Power in Costa Rica is 64.8% lower than in United States
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Restaurants
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 $
(9,369.22 ₡)
9.07 $
(5,000.00 ₡)
     -46.6 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $
(38,579.14 ₡)
50.00 $
(27,556.53 ₡)
     -28.6 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.99 $
(4,954.66 ₡)
8.17 $
(4,500.00 ₡)
     -9.2 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $
(2,755.65 ₡)
2.72 $
(1,500.00 ₡)
     -45.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $
(3,306.78 ₡)
3.99 $
(2,200.00 ₡)
     -33.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.64 $
(2,558.20 ₡)
2.98 $
(1,643.94 ₡)
     -35.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.29 $
(1,263.00 ₡)
1.79 $
(987.86 ₡)
     -21.8 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.81 $
(999.01 ₡)
1.52 $
(840.11 ₡)
     -15.9 %
Markets
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.85 $
(2,122.00 ₡)
6.09 $
(3,357.00 ₡)
     +58.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.94 $
(1,621.33 ₡)
1.79 $
(985.06 ₡)
     -39.2 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.88 $
(1,033.88 ₡)
0.83 $
(454.88 ₡)
     -56.0 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.92 $
(2,162.09 ₡)
2.76 $
(1,522.38 ₡)
     -29.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.27 $
(2,904.11 ₡)
3.33 $
(1,835.78 ₡)
     -36.8 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.37 $
(2,961.49 ₡)
3.56 $
(1,959.41 ₡)
     -33.8 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.79 $
(3,744.70 ₡)
4.87 $
(2,681.89 ₡)
     -28.4 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.17 $
(1,197.92 ₡)
1.83 $
(1,010.67 ₡)
     -15.6 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 $
(402.04 ₡)
0.66 $
(361.64 ₡)
     -10.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.87 $
(1,029.95 ₡)
1.17 $
(646.33 ₡)
     -37.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.04 $
(1,125.13 ₡)
1.06 $
(586.08 ₡)
     -47.9 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.23 $
(678.05 ₡)
0.94 $
(516.64 ₡)
     -23.8 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.24 $
(682.47 ₡)
1.08 $
(597.71 ₡)
     -12.4 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.95 $
(1,075.36 ₡)
0.92 $
(507.56 ₡)
     -52.8 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 $
(1,055.06 ₡)
2.18 $
(1,202.76 ₡)
     +14.0 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.99 $
(7,159.19 ₡)
12.70 $
(7,000.00 ₡)
     -2.2 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.66 $
(1,465.55 ₡)
1.90 $
(1,044.80 ₡)
     -28.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.33 $
(1,833.01 ₡)
2.52 $
(1,387.37 ₡)
     -24.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.99 $
(4,954.66 ₡)
4.54 $
(2,500.00 ₡)
     -49.5 %
Transportation
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $
(1,377.83 ₡)
0.91 $
(500.00 ₡)
     -63.7 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $
(38,579.14 ₡)
37.74 $
(20,800.00 ₡)
     -46.1 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $
(1,928.96 ₡)
1.22 $
(672.50 ₡)
     -65.1 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $
(1,488.05 ₡)
2.03 $
(1,118.49 ₡)
     -24.8 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
(16,533.92 ₡)
6.31 $
(3,480.00 ₡)
     -79.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.79 $
(2,086.12 ₡)
5.46 $
(3,010.72 ₡)
     +44.3 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,926.50 $
(13,737,754.71 ₡)
27,216.78 $
(15,000,000.00 ₡)
     +9.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,136.19 $
(12,751,060.29 ₡)
28,437.68 $
(15,672,871.86 ₡)
     +22.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 181.39 $
(99,971.93 ₡)
74.43 $
(41,022.51 ₡)
     -59.0 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 $
(90.28 ₡)
0.07 $
(37.65 ₡)
     -58.3 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.17 $
(38,123.82 ₡)
52.06 $
(28,692.17 ₡)
     -24.7 %
Sports And Leisure
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.84 $
(23,058.97 ₡)
50.09 $
(27,604.02 ₡)
     +19.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.41 $
(10,147.23 ₡)
28.39 $
(15,649.20 ₡)
     +54.2 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
(6,613.57 ₡)
6.35 $
(3,500.00 ₡)
     -47.1 %
Childcare
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,164.92 $
(642,021.84 ₡)
375.11 $
(206,734.24 ₡)
     -67.8 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,498.16 $
(9,092,642.11 ₡)
8,060.02 $
(4,442,123.53 ₡)
     -51.1 %
Clothing And Shoes
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 46.16 $
(25,438.22 ₡)
72.39 $
(39,895.80 ₡)
     +56.8 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.38 $
(20,052.80 ₡)
51.05 $
(28,133.85 ₡)
     +40.3 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.64 $
(43,889.99 ₡)
107.90 $
(59,469.30 ₡)
     +35.5 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 109.94 $
(60,592.35 ₡)
96.06 $
(52,944.32 ₡)
     -12.6 %
Rent Per Month
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,707.19 $
(940,882.28 ₡)
564.04 $
(310,860.29 ₡)
     -67.0 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,377.95 $
(759,432.76 ₡)
391.72 $
(215,886.11 ₡)
     -71.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,848.01 $
(1,569,627.43 ₡)
1,031.99 $
(568,762.36 ₡)
     -63.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,245.61 $
(1,237,623.15 ₡)
735.29 $
(405,240.60 ₡)
     -67.3 %
Buy Apartment Price
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 416.05 $
(229,299.99 ₡)
181.09 $
(99,801.75 ₡)
     -56.5 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 281.08 $
(154,912.90 ₡)
120.49 $
(66,406.52 ₡)
     -57.1 %
Salaries And Financing
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,182.96 $
(2,305,354.35 ₡)
852.41 $
(469,788.31 ₡)
     -79.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.37 9.53      +77.4 %
Last update: February 2023January 2023
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