Cost of Living Comparison Between United States and Costa Rica Reverse

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Cost of Living in Costa Rica is 27.0% lower than in United States (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Costa Rica is 38.8% lower than in United States
Rent Prices in Costa Rica are 60.6% lower than in United States
Restaurant Prices in Costa Rica are 36.8% lower than in United States
Groceries Prices in Costa Rica are 26.1% lower than in United States
Local Purchasing Power in Costa Rica is 68.5% lower than in United States
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Restaurants
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $
(10,612.74 ₡)
9.42 $
(5,000.00 ₡)
     -52.9 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $
(39,797.79 ₡)
56.54 $
(30,000.00 ₡)
     -24.6 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.00 $
(5,837.01 ₡)
9.42 $
(5,000.00 ₡)
     -14.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $
(3,183.82 ₡)
2.83 $
(1,500.00 ₡)
     -52.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $
(3,714.46 ₡)
4.71 $
(2,500.00 ₡)
     -32.7 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.11 $
(2,711.63 ₡)
3.47 $
(1,839.55 ₡)
     -32.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.49 $
(1,321.76 ₡)
2.00 $
(1,060.46 ₡)
     -19.8 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 $
(1,087.92 ₡)
1.57 $
(834.71 ₡)
     -23.3 %
Markets
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.99 $
(2,117.94 ₡)
6.93 $
(3,679.73 ₡)
     +73.7 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.24 $
(1,718.97 ₡)
2.50 $
(1,324.75 ₡)
     -22.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.06 $
(1,093.20 ₡)
0.97 $
(517.05 ₡)
     -52.7 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.68 $
(1,950.54 ₡)
3.42 $
(1,816.07 ₡)
     -6.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.81 $
(3,085.57 ₡)
3.65 $
(1,934.35 ₡)
     -37.3 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.46 $
(2,897.91 ₡)
4.17 $
(2,212.61 ₡)
     -23.6 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.25 $
(3,849.38 ₡)
5.70 $
(3,023.71 ₡)
     -21.4 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.40 $
(1,274.82 ₡)
1.93 $
(1,026.71 ₡)
     -19.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.76 $
(404.82 ₡)
0.73 $
(387.26 ₡)
     -4.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.03 $
(1,078.16 ₡)
1.25 $
(661.65 ₡)
     -38.6 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.22 $
(1,176.85 ₡)
1.15 $
(612.06 ₡)
     -48.0 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.35 $
(715.95 ₡)
1.12 $
(594.70 ₡)
     -16.9 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.38 $
(732.19 ₡)
1.14 $
(605.93 ₡)
     -17.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.16 $
(1,146.07 ₡)
1.01 $
(533.70 ₡)
     -53.4 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.19 $
(1,161.11 ₡)
2.34 $
(1,241.00 ₡)
     +6.9 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $
(7,959.56 ₡)
13.66 $
(7,250.00 ₡)
     -8.9 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.79 $
(949.90 ₡)
2.14 $
(1,134.02 ₡)
     +19.4 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.54 $
(1,880.62 ₡)
2.74 $
(1,453.21 ₡)
     -22.7 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $
(5,306.37 ₡)
4.62 $
(2,450.00 ₡)
     -53.8 %
Transportation
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $
(1,326.59 ₡)
0.94 $
(500.00 ₡)
     -62.3 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 $
(37,144.61 ₡)
40.97 $
(21,739.13 ₡)
     -41.5 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.54 $
(1,881.11 ₡)
1.70 $
(900.00 ₡)
     -52.2 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $
(1,485.78 ₡)
2.76 $
(1,464.50 ₡)
     -1.4 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
(15,919.12 ₡)
6.73 $
(3,570.00 ₡)
     -77.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.65 $
(1,934.25 ₡)
5.48 $
(2,910.04 ₡)
     +50.4 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,500.00 $
(17,776,346.74 ₡)
30,529.33 $
(16,200,000.00 ₡)
     -8.9 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,114.00 $
(13,857,062.64 ₡)
33,238.93 $
(17,637,811.75 ₡)
     +27.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 204.35 $
(108,437.59 ₡)
84.22 $
(44,688.34 ₡)
     -58.8 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 52.87 $
(28,053.47 ₡)
23.86 $
(12,659.03 ₡)
     -54.9 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.55 $
(37,434.64 ₡)
49.31 $
(26,166.21 ₡)
     -30.1 %
Sports And Leisure
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.72 $
(24,789.29 ₡)
52.83 $
(28,035.95 ₡)
     +13.1 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.93 $
(11,639.52 ₡)
31.51 $
(16,722.73 ₡)
     +43.7 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $
(7,428.92 ₡)
7.54 $
(4,000.00 ₡)
     -46.2 %
Childcare
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,382.44 $
(733,574.46 ₡)
475.25 $
(252,184.66 ₡)
     -65.6 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,530.10 $
(11,955,308.97 ₡)
8,843.04 $
(4,692,446.94 ₡)
     -60.8 %
Clothing And Shoes
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.09 $
(27,638.55 ₡)
73.63 $
(39,071.49 ₡)
     +41.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.54 $
(22,571.84 ₡)
50.34 $
(26,711.61 ₡)
     +18.3 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.47 $
(46,944.39 ₡)
112.19 $
(59,533.64 ₡)
     +26.8 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.73 $
(60,346.93 ₡)
95.48 $
(50,666.24 ₡)
     -16.0 %
Rent Per Month
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,750.65 $
(928,961.43 ₡)
661.31 $
(350,914.29 ₡)
     -62.2 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,439.74 $
(763,977.60 ₡)
480.42 $
(254,929.79 ₡)
     -66.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,931.54 $
(1,555,583.51 ₡)
1,280.15 $
(679,296.90 ₡)
     -56.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,383.20 $
(1,264,615.08 ₡)
931.87 $
(494,486.64 ₡)
     -60.9 %
Buy Apartment Price
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 307.55 $
(163,198.14 ₡)
182.22 $
(96,694.77 ₡)
     -40.8 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 249.84 $
(132,574.72 ₡)
116.97 $
(62,066.72 ₡)
     -53.2 %
Salaries And Financing
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,553.37 $
(2,416,185.83 ₡)
878.31 $
(466,063.93 ₡)
     -80.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.56 9.96      +51.8 %
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