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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 24.08% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 55.30% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,748.71
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 18,772.80 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,449.22-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,149.74 ₡ 850.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,724.61 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,323.31 ₡ 900.00-1,724.61
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 807.08 ₡ 600.00-1,149.74
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 703.49 ₡ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,883.49 ₡ 2,271.25-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 955.23 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 538.79 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,587.26 ₡ 1,102.00-2,200.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,625.85 ₡ 907.19-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,852.61 ₡ 1,186.45-2,607.57
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,330.24 ₡ 1,616.70-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,027.95 ₡ 544.31-1,564.54
Banana (1 lb) 285.42 ₡ 136.08-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 536.66 ₡ 245.11-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 629.04 ₡ 317.52-982.03
Potato (1 lb) 477.98 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 464.76 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 438.25 ₡ 300.00-600.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,137.06 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,623.06
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 975.49 ₡ 724.34-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,492.38 ₡ 900.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,900.00 ₡ 1,700.00-2,400.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 415.58 ₡ 300.00-530.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30,000.00 ₡ 17,500.00-34,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,367.94
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,280.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,314.62 ₡ 2,006.27-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,500,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,661,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,526,162.12 ₡ 12,370,000.00-16,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 38,729.07 ₡ 20,120.48-71,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.02 ₡ 25.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28,263.24 ₡ 17,246.12-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,516.78 ₡ 18,000.00-40,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,343.27 ₡ 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 213,105.37 ₡ 150,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,827,997.31 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,748,707.62
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,063.20 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28,027.95 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,836.01 ₡ 40,240.95-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,605.59 ₡ 35,000.00-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 293,470.63 ₡ 200,000.00-459,896.61
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 210,238.30 ₡ 140,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 514,589.41 ₡ 300,000.00-862,306.14
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 387,696.95 ₡ 250,000.00-648,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 83,969.42 ₡ 54,612.27-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 61,750.24 ₡ 41,806.02-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 449,749.79 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.52 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: July 2017
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