Cost of Living Comparison Between United States and Costa Rica Reverse

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Consumer Prices in Costa Rica are 25.8% lower than in United States (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Costa Rica are 38.7% lower than in United States
Rent Prices in Costa Rica are 62.2% lower than in United States
Restaurant Prices in Costa Rica are 34.9% lower than in United States
Groceries Prices in Costa Rica are 25.3% lower than in United States
Local Purchasing Power in Costa Rica is 68.2% lower than in United States
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Restaurants
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $
(10,252.77 ₡)
9.75 $
(5,000.00 ₡)
     -51.2 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $
(38,447.88 ₡)
58.52 $
(30,000.00 ₡)
     -22.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.50 $
(5,382.70 ₡)
9.70 $
(4,975.00 ₡)
     -7.6 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $
(3,075.83 ₡)
2.93 $
(1,500.00 ₡)
     -51.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $
(3,588.47 ₡)
4.58 $
(2,350.00 ₡)
     -34.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.08 $
(2,604.33 ₡)
3.43 $
(1,755.93 ₡)
     -32.6 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.47 $
(1,266.16 ₡)
2.03 $
(1,040.03 ₡)
     -17.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.04 $
(1,043.82 ₡)
1.59 $
(812.83 ₡)
     -22.1 %
Markets
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.01 $
(2,058.17 ₡)
7.06 $
(3,619.98 ₡)
     +75.9 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.23 $
(1,653.75 ₡)
2.42 $
(1,239.16 ₡)
     -25.1 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.06 $
(1,054.80 ₡)
1.00 $
(515.14 ₡)
     -51.2 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.73 $
(1,910.12 ₡)
3.48 $
(1,783.64 ₡)
     -6.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.83 $
(2,987.30 ₡)
3.62 $
(1,855.84 ₡)
     -37.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.52 $
(2,829.60 ₡)
4.04 $
(2,073.58 ₡)
     -26.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.24 $
(3,712.02 ₡)
5.70 $
(2,921.31 ₡)
     -21.3 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.41 $
(1,237.30 ₡)
2.09 $
(1,069.86 ₡)
     -13.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.76 $
(391.05 ₡)
0.72 $
(367.06 ₡)
     -6.1 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.04 $
(1,045.79 ₡)
1.29 $
(662.67 ₡)
     -36.6 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.22 $
(1,140.31 ₡)
1.19 $
(611.93 ₡)
     -46.3 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.37 $
(701.93 ₡)
1.18 $
(606.53 ₡)
     -13.6 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.38 $
(706.30 ₡)
1.15 $
(589.69 ₡)
     -16.5 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.15 $
(1,103.70 ₡)
1.02 $
(522.86 ₡)
     -52.6 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.18 $
(1,115.50 ₡)
2.37 $
(1,216.23 ₡)
     +9.0 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $
(7,689.58 ₡)
13.65 $
(7,000.00 ₡)
     -9.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.75 $
(895.81 ₡)
2.22 $
(1,139.33 ₡)
     +27.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.54 $
(1,812.39 ₡)
2.86 $
(1,466.16 ₡)
     -19.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $
(5,126.38 ₡)
4.68 $
(2,400.00 ₡)
     -53.2 %
Transportation
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $
(1,281.60 ₡)
0.98 $
(500.00 ₡)
     -61.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 72.00 $
(36,909.96 ₡)
40.57 $
(20,800.00 ₡)
     -43.6 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.75 $
(1,922.39 ₡)
1.66 $
(850.00 ₡)
     -55.8 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $
(1,435.39 ₡)
2.84 $
(1,456.46 ₡)
     +1.5 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $
(15,379.15 ₡)
6.95 $
(3,562.50 ₡)
     -76.8 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.65 $
(1,872.27 ₡)
5.70 $
(2,922.05 ₡)
     +56.1 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,000.00 $
(16,917,066.24 ₡)
32,283.97 $
(16,550,000.00 ₡)
     -2.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,038.12 $
(13,348,140.77 ₡)
33,391.44 $
(17,117,734.47 ₡)
     +28.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 206.23 $
(105,722.19 ₡)
81.59 $
(41,826.32 ₡)
     -60.4 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 51.25 $
(26,273.40 ₡)
22.83 $
(11,702.22 ₡)
     -55.5 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70.92 $
(36,356.23 ₡)
50.04 $
(25,652.59 ₡)
     -29.4 %
Sports And Leisure
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 47.43 $
(24,315.25 ₡)
56.74 $
(29,086.85 ₡)
     +19.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.67 $
(11,619.55 ₡)
32.82 $
(16,823.57 ₡)
     +44.8 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $
(7,176.94 ₡)
7.02 $
(3,600.00 ₡)
     -49.8 %
Childcare
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,381.49 $
(708,206.95 ₡)
451.61 $
(231,512.63 ₡)
     -67.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,259.43 $
(11,923,677.00 ₡)
8,897.28 $
(4,561,087.97 ₡)
     -61.7 %
Clothing And Shoes
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.32 $
(26,819.90 ₡)
75.22 $
(38,558.98 ₡)
     +43.8 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.60 $
(22,350.38 ₡)
51.81 $
(26,561.85 ₡)
     +18.8 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.45 $
(45,342.81 ₡)
114.06 $
(58,469.88 ₡)
     +29.0 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 114.57 $
(58,732.78 ₡)
100.52 $
(51,530.04 ₡)
     -12.3 %
Rent Per Month
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,769.32 $
(907,020.20 ₡)
637.04 $
(326,568.62 ₡)
     -64.0 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,451.77 $
(744,234.89 ₡)
468.06 $
(239,946.71 ₡)
     -67.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,961.40 $
(1,518,126.17 ₡)
1,243.15 $
(637,288.83 ₡)
     -58.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,402.26 $
(1,231,490.77 ₡)
899.74 $
(461,242.88 ₡)
     -62.5 %
Buy Apartment Price
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 323.30 $
(165,738.40 ₡)
178.29 $
(91,400.82 ₡)
     -44.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 257.15 $
(131,825.39 ₡)
120.41 $
(61,727.01 ₡)
     -53.2 %
Salaries And Financing
United States Edit Costa Rica Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,537.85 $
(2,326,276.41 ₡)
883.96 $
(453,152.50 ₡)
     -80.5 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.56 9.42      +43.5 %
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