Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 28.79% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account).

Rent in Costa Rica is, on average, 64.03% lower than in United States.

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-7,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25,000.00 ₡ 15,000.00-50,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,100.00 ₡ 3,700.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 800.00-2,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,250.00 ₡ 1,500.00-3,252.64
Cappuccino (regular) 1,544.69 ₡ 800.00-2,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 909.32 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 805.15 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,142.31 ₡ 2,140.00-4,163.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 839.40 ₡ 453.59-2,027.33
Rice (white), (1 lb) 344.76 ₡ 281.23-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,498.11 ₡ 1,000.00-2,160.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,646.48 ₡ 907.19-2,739.63
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1,720.22 ₡ 907.19-2,494.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,274.43 ₡ 1,360.78-3,265.87
Apples (1 lb) 1,082.51 ₡ 453.59-1,814.37
Banana (1 lb) 360.02 ₡ 226.80-680.39
Oranges (1 lb) 575.21 ₡ 226.80-1,814.37
Tomato (1 lb) 527.22 ₡ 317.52-1,270.06
Potato (1 lb) 539.42 ₡ 226.80-1,088.62
Onion (1 lb) 557.41 ₡ 272.16-950.28
Lettuce (1 head) 549.43 ₡ 300.00-1,207.97
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,304.20 ₡ 800.00-2,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,000.00 ₡ 4,500.00-14,900.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,105.53 ₡ 600.00-1,714.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,890.74 ₡ 900.00-3,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,407.97 ₡ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 500.00 ₡ 350.00-700.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 28,000.00 ₡ 17,391.30-45,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-1,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 852.95-1,931.21
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,500.00 ₡ 2,980.00-7,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,387.78 ₡ 2,119.83-2,839.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,500,000.00 ₡ 12,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,328,528.11 ₡ 14,000,000.00-17,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 42,402.62 ₡ 25,000.00-90,597.74
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 41.53 ₡ 25.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32,660.27 ₡ 25,000.00-67,042.32
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29,708.02 ₡ 18,119.55-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14,645.21 ₡ 7,000.00-20,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,711.95 ₡ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 208,167.94 ₡ 120,000.00-362,390.94
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,265,154.34 ₡ 2,400,000.00-7,355,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,368.01 ₡ 20,000.00-60,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,058.47 ₡ 15,000.00-42,804.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 57,162.65 ₡ 35,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 50,461.36 ₡ 30,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 293,348.73 ₡ 180,000.00-572,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 202,305.67 ₡ 120,000.00-398,630.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 504,284.33 ₡ 320,000.00-1,087,172.83
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 369,015.38 ₡ 250,000.00-815,379.62
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 100,345.40 ₡ 56,111.57-167,876.46
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 78,664.16 ₡ 51,096.25-127,586.11
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 463,438.99 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.65 7.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: November 2020
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