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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 24.91% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 58.12% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,055.61 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-28,968.65
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-4,900.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 900.00-1,800.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,300.00-2,700.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,421.68 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 839.61 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 757.53 ₡ 500.00-1,158.75
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,908.77 ₡ 2,193.17-3,596.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 919.48 ₡ 453.59-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 531.42 ₡ 415.04-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,501.97 ₡ 1,113.60-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,582.10 ₡ 1,043.26-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,948.83 ₡ 1,360.78-2,719.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,253.75 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,070.11 ₡ 680.39-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 307.78 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 561.20 ₡ 226.80-1,051.20
Tomato (1 lb) 601.66 ₡ 294.84-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 527.06 ₡ 408.23-725.75
Onion (1 lb) 458.79 ₡ 340.19-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 496.06 ₡ 400.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,102.50 ₡ 800.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 928.46 ₡ 700.00-1,200.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,515.19 ₡ 950.00-2,317.49
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 417.26 ₡ 300.00-525.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25,500.00 ₡ 17,500.00-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 647.50 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,054.12 ₡ 965.61-1,287.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,500.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,341.92 ₡ 2,150.11-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,750,000.00 ₡ 11,000,000.00-14,484,324.65
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,710,239.83 ₡ 13,527,800.00-16,801,816.59
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 44,265.49 ₡ 22,000.00-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.97 ₡ 30.00-70.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33,610.84 ₡ 18,000.00-60,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,633.41 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7,219.06 ₡ 2,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,338.12 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 218,775.19 ₡ 125,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,621,981.44 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,529.73 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,713.62 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 57,537.86 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,349.78 ₡ 38,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 295,421.29 ₡ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 216,357.20 ₡ 150,000.00-318,655.14
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 501,967.22 ₡ 300,000.00-869,059.48
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 396,488.62 ₡ 250,000.00-579,372.99
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,271.39 ₡ 46,451.13-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 65,467.63 ₡ 41,806.02-95,317.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 439,667.91 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.57 8.00-13.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: September 2018
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