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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 26.51% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 59.90% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,088.67 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 14,000.00-30,000.00
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 ₡ 1,500.00-2,983.82
Cappuccino (regular) 1,472.80 ₡ 1,000.00-2,024.55
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 855.85 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 773.89 ₡ 550.00-1,193.53
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,961.07 ₡ 2,200.00-3,853.55
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 938.94 ₡ 500.00-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 540.53 ₡ 415.04-816.47
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,509.58 ₡ 1,120.00-2,145.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,556.49 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,993.35 ₡ 1,360.78-2,721.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,252.83 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,023.27 ₡ 589.67-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 301.15 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 546.08 ₡ 226.80-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 579.35 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 530.25 ₡ 317.52-725.75
Onion (1 lb) 442.52 ₡ 272.16-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 498.99 ₡ 350.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,122.73 ₡ 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) 890.17 ₡ 700.00-1,200.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,425.45 ₡ 900.00-2,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 430.00 ₡ 300.00-555.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 23,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,078.26 ₡ 965.61-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,500.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,363.80 ₡ 2,150.11-2,600.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,712,505.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,767,534.36 ₡ 12,500,000.00-17,902,896.54
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 45,479.92 ₡ 20,329.17-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 36.36 ₡ 30.00-45.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34,951.53 ₡ 17,902.90-60,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,460.48 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,995.59 ₡ 2,500.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,100.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 213,571.11 ₡ 119,352.64-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,573,001.17 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,545.30 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,510.14 ₡ 19,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 58,306.39 ₡ 45,000.00-89,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 56,074.33 ₡ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 291,817.92 ₡ 179,028.97-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,858.49 ₡ 130,000.00-328,219.77
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 504,827.41 ₡ 300,000.00-895,144.83
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 400,455.17 ₡ 250,000.00-600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 82,797.68 ₡ 46,451.13-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 64,507.54 ₡ 41,806.02-95,317.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 435,680.10 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.39 8.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: December 2018
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