Cost of Living Comparison Between United States and Costa Rica Reverse

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Consumer Prices in Costa Rica are 30.35% lower than in United States (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Costa Rica are 41.72% lower than in United States
Rent Prices in Costa Rica are 63.61% lower than in United States
Restaurant Prices in Costa Rica are 39.35% lower than in United States
Groceries Prices in Costa Rica are 33.14% lower than in United States
Local Purchasing Power in Costa Rica is 63.09% lower than in United States
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Restaurants
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $
(9,241.11 ₡)
7.22 $
(4,450.00 ₡)
     -51.85 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $
(36,964.45 ₡)
40.58 $
(25,000.00 ₡)
     -32.37 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $
(4,928.59 ₡)
7.30 $
(4,500.00 ₡)
     -8.70 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $
(3,080.37 ₡)
2.43 $
(1,500.00 ₡)
     -51.30 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $
(3,696.45 ₡)
3.96 $
(2,440.83 ₡)
     -33.97 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.29 $
(2,641.53 ₡)
2.46 $
(1,517.31 ₡)
     -42.56 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 $
(1,172.77 ₡)
1.51 $
(927.25 ₡)
     -20.94 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.54 $
(948.09 ₡)
1.32 $
(815.22 ₡)
     -14.01 %
Markets
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.23 $
(1,991.86 ₡)
5.03 $
(3,097.42 ₡)
     +55.50 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.48 $
(1,526.94 ₡)
1.35 $
(834.77 ₡)
     -45.33 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.80 $
(1,110.30 ₡)
0.57 $
(352.22 ₡)
     -68.28 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.30 $
(1,419.81 ₡)
2.43 $
(1,499.51 ₡)
     +5.61 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.01 $
(3,085.52 ₡)
2.66 $
(1,636.17 ₡)
     -46.97 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.15 $
(2,553.74 ₡)
2.80 $
(1,723.81 ₡)
     -32.50 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.70 $
(3,510.39 ₡)
3.66 $
(2,251.99 ₡)
     -35.85 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.05 $
(1,264.68 ₡)
1.74 $
(1,071.60 ₡)
     -15.27 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 $
(435.37 ₡)
0.58 $
(356.44 ₡)
     -18.13 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.80 $
(1,110.12 ₡)
0.95 $
(583.23 ₡)
     -47.46 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.93 $
(1,191.75 ₡)
0.85 $
(520.82 ₡)
     -56.30 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.17 $
(721.67 ₡)
0.84 $
(517.53 ₡)
     -28.29 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.18 $
(726.12 ₡)
0.93 $
(573.53 ₡)
     -21.01 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.64 $
(1,008.33 ₡)
0.84 $
(514.57 ₡)
     -48.97 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.81 $
(1,112.76 ₡)
1.99 $
(1,228.77 ₡)
     +10.43 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
(7,392.89 ₡)
11.36 $
(7,000.00 ₡)
     -5.31 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.43 $
(1,495.36 ₡)
1.81 $
(1,114.23 ₡)
     -25.49 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.82 $
(1,738.26 ₡)
2.72 $
(1,674.03 ₡)
     -3.69 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $
(4,928.59 ₡)
4.00 $
(2,466.66 ₡)
     -49.95 %
Transportation
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.25 $
(1,386.17 ₡)
0.81 $
(500.00 ₡)
     -63.93 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.00 $
(40,044.83 ₡)
40.58 $
(25,000.00 ₡)
     -37.57 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $
(2,002.24 ₡)
1.06 $
(650.00 ₡)
     -67.54 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.62 $
(1,614.12 ₡)
1.72 $
(1,062.17 ₡)
     -34.20 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
(18,482.23 ₡)
5.68 $
(3,500.00 ₡)
     -81.06 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.56 $
(1,574.85 ₡)
3.91 $
(2,406.97 ₡)
     +52.84 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $
(14,169,707.50 ₡)
22,724.53 $
(14,000,000.00 ₡)
     -1.20 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,593.30 $
(13,303,073.46 ₡)
24,698.87 $
(15,216,338.67 ₡)
     +14.38 %
Utilities (Monthly)
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 164.46 $
(101,316.64 ₡)
66.90 $
(41,217.80 ₡)
     -59.32 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $
(85.88 ₡)
0.07 $
(40.88 ₡)
     -52.39 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.74 $
(40,503.72 ₡)
51.29 $
(31,599.04 ₡)
     -21.98 %
Sports And Leisure
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.07 $
(22,835.23 ₡)
47.74 $
(29,410.82 ₡)
     +28.80 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.65 $
(9,644.25 ₡)
24.05 $
(14,815.79 ₡)
     +53.62 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
(7,392.89 ₡)
6.01 $
(3,700.00 ₡)
     -49.95 %
Childcare
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 935.58 $
(576,388.70 ₡)
341.05 $
(210,114.35 ₡)
     -63.55 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,684.35 $
(9,662,724.81 ₡)
7,126.18 $
(4,390,257.74 ₡)
     -54.57 %
Clothing And Shoes
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.81 $
(26,991.41 ₡)
62.48 $
(38,491.19 ₡)
     +42.61 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.47 $
(21,854.16 ₡)
41.48 $
(25,555.12 ₡)
     +16.93 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.98 $
(46,806.83 ₡)
93.20 $
(57,420.06 ₡)
     +22.67 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.04 $
(59,169.50 ₡)
83.52 $
(51,452.37 ₡)
     -13.04 %
Rent Per Month
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,338.14 $
(824,391.89 ₡)
495.34 $
(305,163.38 ₡)
     -62.98 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,081.12 $
(666,053.05 ₡)
347.65 $
(214,179.32 ₡)
     -67.84 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,153.87 $
(1,326,941.72 ₡)
838.11 $
(516,338.79 ₡)
     -61.09 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,735.01 $
(1,068,894.02 ₡)
616.47 $
(379,792.73 ₡)
     -64.47 %
Buy Apartment Price
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 332.79 $
(205,026.10 ₡)
156.44 $
(96,377.10 ₡)
     -52.99 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 198.68 $
(122,401.51 ₡)
126.17 $
(77,727.47 ₡)
     -36.50 %
Salaries And Financing
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,549.47 $
(2,186,734.45 ₡)
763.42 $
(470,324.46 ₡)
     -78.49 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.05 9.42      +132.50 %
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