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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.35% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 56.02% 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 ₡ 12,000.00-28,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-4,519.25
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,412.26 ₡ 900.00-1,800.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,300.00-2,600.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,417.90 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 849.87 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 756.18 ₡ 520.00-1,129.81
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,895.53 ₡ 2,140.00-3,596.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 919.60 ₡ 500.00-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 528.02 ₡ 415.04-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,496.54 ₡ 1,113.00-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,588.07 ₡ 1,043.26-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,909.86 ₡ 1,332.43-2,630.84
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,230.51 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,048.33 ₡ 625.00-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 305.83 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 536.41 ₡ 226.80-1,024.95
Tomato (1 lb) 600.10 ₡ 272.16-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 514.43 ₡ 297.10-725.75
Onion (1 lb) 453.15 ₡ 307.48-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 494.26 ₡ 300.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,094.35 ₡ 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) 941.03 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,530.79 ₡ 950.00-2,259.62
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 423.68 ₡ 300.00-525.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 26,872.65 ₡ 20,000.00-30,000.00
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) 6,389.44 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,327.89 ₡ 2,119.83-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,500,000.00 ₡ 11,000,000.00-14,122,645.90
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,705,467.65 ₡ 13,527,800.00-16,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 45,072.39 ₡ 22,000.00-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.72 ₡ 30.00-70.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32,746.58 ₡ 18,000.00-60,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,015.15 ₡ 18,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7,591.35 ₡ 2,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,294.72 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 218,882.09 ₡ 125,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,578,483.55 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,842.52 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,009.65 ₡ 19,771.70-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,986.42 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,028.05 ₡ 36,718.88-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 294,861.91 ₡ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 217,169.12 ₡ 150,000.00-310,698.21
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 516,426.01 ₡ 300,000.00-847,358.75
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 407,756.22 ₡ 254,207.63-600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 82,382.20 ₡ 50,841.10-105,326.09
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 63,756.85 ₡ 41,806.02-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 445,525.95 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.58 8.00-13.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: August 2018
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