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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.96% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.50% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 19,502.40 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,441.60-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,200.00 ₡ 900.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,800.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,352.33 ₡ 950.00-1,800.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 836.19 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 726.23 ₡ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,887.77 ₡ 2,271.25-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 957.97 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 526.05 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,513.12 ₡ 1,100.00-2,100.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,610.10 ₡ 907.19-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,892.56 ₡ 1,315.42-2,601.81
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,348.92 ₡ 1,632.93-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,040.00 ₡ 544.31-1,561.09
Banana (1 lb) 288.24 ₡ 181.44-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 536.21 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 635.03 ₡ 317.52-982.03
Potato (1 lb) 475.32 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 468.37 ₡ 312.22-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 441.61 ₡ 300.00-573.60
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,109.74 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 958.49 ₡ 722.74-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,462.17 ₡ 850.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,900.00 ₡ 1,738.01-2,400.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-530.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25,500.00 ₡ 15,217.39-34,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡ 600.00-690.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 ₡ 965.61-1,384.68
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,140.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,311.98 ₡ 2,040.34-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,500,000.00 ₡ 10,355,000.00-14,340,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,523,809.18 ₡ 12,370,000.00-16,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 39,723.40 ₡ 20,329.17-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.21 ₡ 29.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28,940.98 ₡ 17,208.00-45,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28,086.29 ₡ 17,208.00-40,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,886.86 ₡ 5,000.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 206,744.00 ₡ 125,000.00-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,992,594.29 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,736,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,853.46 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29,455.01 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 56,932.63 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 54,294.40 ₡ 35,000.00-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 296,836.12 ₡ 200,000.00-458,880.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,996.57 ₡ 140,000.00-333,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 514,978.57 ₡ 300,000.00-860,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 400,510.40 ₡ 250,000.00-650,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 82,055.47 ₡ 53,661.76-111,482.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 59,573.39 ₡ 41,806.02-88,257.15
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 461,969.64 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.39 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: September 2017
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