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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.34% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 60.27% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,500.00 ₡ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,500.00 ₡ 14,500.00-30,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,510.12 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 870.47 ₡ 600.00-1,300.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 777.22 ₡ 520.00-1,189.89
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,967.91 ₡ 2,271.25-3,880.90
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 984.38 ₡ 544.31-1,450.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 531.34 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,517.50 ₡ 1,176.03-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,590.37 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,879.69 ₡ 1,315.42-2,667.19
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,223.18 ₡ 1,360.78-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,029.95 ₡ 589.67-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 345.86 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 577.30 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 591.15 ₡ 317.52-1,066.88
Potato (1 lb) 528.85 ₡ 317.52-800.16
Onion (1 lb) 456.71 ₡ 272.16-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 579.91 ₡ 400.00-1,100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,177.75 ₡ 882.02-1,800.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 899.74 ₡ 700.00-1,470.04
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,457.77 ₡ 900.00-2,352.06
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,200.00 ₡ 1,764.04-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-560.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25,000.00 ₡ 17,500.00-35,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-800.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,062.17 ₡ 965.61-1,609.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5,500.00 ₡ 2,980.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,370.08 ₡ 2,157.69-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,000,000.00 ₡ 11,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,765,808.77 ₡ 12,370,000.00-18,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 44,599.31 ₡ 20,000.00-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.81 ₡ 30.00-56.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 39,118.31 ₡ 20,000.00-70,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,013.24 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12,558.36 ₡ 2,500.00-20,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,100.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 210,852.48 ₡ 110,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,895,075.86 ₡ 2,500,250.00-7,056,173.57
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,528.31 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,491.43 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 61,044.94 ₡ 45,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 56,218.93 ₡ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 277,497.74 ₡ 160,000.00-470,411.57
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 213,656.78 ₡ 120,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 512,597.59 ₡ 300,000.00-882,021.70
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 391,746.64 ₡ 220,000.00-650,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,893.23 ₡ 46,451.13-130,063.17
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 73,597.69 ₡ 39,947.97-109,255.75
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 463,061.04 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.54 8.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2874 entries in the past 18 months from 260 different contributors.
Last update: May 2019
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