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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.74% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.34% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,660.85
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 18,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3,981.30 ₡ 3,396.51-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,132.17 ₡ 850.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,704.41 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,318.02 ₡ 850.00-1,698.25
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 808.17 ₡ 600.00-1,132.17
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 710.47 ₡ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,833.03 ₡ 2,271.25-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 938.69 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 536.24 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (12) 1,608.47 ₡ 1,102.00-2,200.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,642.26 ₡ 907.19-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,831.55 ₡ 1,179.34-2,494.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,289.69 ₡ 1,591.99-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,013.53 ₡ 544.31-1,540.63
Banana (1 lb) 282.04 ₡ 136.08-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 539.09 ₡ 241.37-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 626.34 ₡ 317.52-982.03
Potato (1 lb) 478.98 ₡ 315.83-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 466.19 ₡ 308.13-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 443.37 ₡ 300.00-600.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,133.13 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,491.27
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 978.37 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,488.84 ₡ 950.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,900.00 ₡ 1,700.00-2,300.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 412.28 ₡ 300.00-530.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 29,000.00 ₡ 17,500.00-33,965.10
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 642.50 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,140.00 ₡ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,302.26 ₡ 2,006.27-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,355,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,661,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,498,422.24 ₡ 10,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 38,072.85 ₡ 20,000.00-71,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.96 ₡ 30.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 27,322.45 ₡ 16,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26,859.25 ₡ 16,982.55-40,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,997.67 ₡ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 207,159.33 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,926,185.20 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,660,850.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,724.46 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,667.95 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,677.00 ₡ 40,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 52,645.01 ₡ 34,000.00-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 294,229.27 ₡ 200,000.00-452,868.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 209,580.43 ₡ 141,521.25-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 518,755.11 ₡ 350,000.00-810,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 385,983.73 ₡ 250,000.00-600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,201.06 ₡ 53,777.63-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 61,669.27 ₡ 41,806.02-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 440,380.47 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.67 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: June 2017
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