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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.46% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 55.50% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-25,443.90
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3,928.97 ₡ 3,500.00-4,382.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,300.00 ₡ 850.00-1,696.26
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,388.83 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 828.52 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 743.86 ₡ 500.00-1,130.84
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,835.30 ₡ 2,140.35-3,482.58
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 949.17 ₡ 500.00-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 522.13 ₡ 415.04-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,474.34 ₡ 1,113.00-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,640.23 ₡ 1,043.26-2,800.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,918.94 ₡ 1,360.78-2,564.71
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,263.39 ₡ 1,587.58-2,948.35
Apples (1 lb) 1,094.05 ₡ 625.00-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 291.36 ₡ 181.44-435.45
Oranges (1 lb) 505.04 ₡ 226.80-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 549.97 ₡ 272.16-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 486.02 ₡ 297.10-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 447.58 ₡ 307.76-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 462.31 ₡ 300.00-700.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,094.15 ₡ 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) 925.55 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,460.62 ₡ 950.00-2,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 412.03 ₡ 300.00-525.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 23,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 645.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,287.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5,500.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,314.94 ₡ 2,119.83-2,600.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,355,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,135,500.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,661,940.76 ₡ 13,527,800.00-16,397,180.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 46,249.47 ₡ 20,597.44-80,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.33 ₡ 30.00-70.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31,381.02 ₡ 18,000.00-60,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28,997.05 ₡ 18,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8,927.96 ₡ 2,500.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,392.52 ₡ 3,000.00-4,523.36
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 206,749.11 ₡ 113,084.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,289,017.29 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,654,200.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 35,938.28 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,545.26 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,260.69 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 52,531.71 ₡ 38,000.00-70,677.50
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 291,502.44 ₡ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,358.52 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 511,842.33 ₡ 300,000.00-848,130.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 408,420.50 ₡ 250,000.00-648,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 82,900.39 ₡ 50,887.38-105,326.09
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 63,300.67 ₡ 41,806.02-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 464,689.58 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.58 7.20-13.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2765 entries in the past 18 months from 264 different contributors.
Last update: June 2018
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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