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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 27.13% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 55.85% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,932.04
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 18,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,186.41 ₡ 850.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,779.61 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,320.92 ₡ 889.81-1,779.61
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 804.06 ₡ 600.00-1,186.41
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 698.89 ₡ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,823.22 ₡ 2,271.25-3,406.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 951.14 ₡ 566.99-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 536.77 ₡ 408.23-680.39
Eggs (12) 1,644.24 ₡ 1,102.00-2,372.82
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,638.75 ₡ 920.23-2,721.56
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,814.63 ₡ 1,224.70-2,494.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,279.66 ₡ 1,668.25-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,008.79 ₡ 544.31-1,587.58
Banana (1 lb) 281.03 ₡ 136.08-362.87
Oranges (1 lb) 526.16 ₡ 252.93-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 610.23 ₡ 317.52-982.03
Potato (1 lb) 465.37 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 471.39 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 443.45 ₡ 300.00-600.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,171.58 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,898.06
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 997.97 ₡ 747.44-1,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,512.71 ₡ 900.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,900.00 ₡ 1,700.00-2,372.82
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 450.00 ₡ 300.00-530.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 29,000.00 ₡ 17,500.00-34,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 640.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,029.98 ₡ 965.61-1,432.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,140.00 ₡ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,301.25 ₡ 2,006.27-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,355,000.00 ₡ 10,000,000.00-14,830,099.72
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,582,425.00 ₡ 12,370,000.00-15,260,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 37,784.19 ₡ 20,000.00-71,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 38.95 ₡ 30.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 27,133.96 ₡ 16,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27,080.68 ₡ 18,000.00-40,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,106.15 ₡ 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 187,600.00 ₡ 150,000.00-250,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 3,881,877.30 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,932,039.89
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 36,490.96 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,601.38 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 55,359.46 ₡ 40,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 51,684.61 ₡ 35,000.00-75,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 297,466.68 ₡ 200,000.00-474,563.19
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 213,830.66 ₡ 140,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 526,770.95 ₡ 350,000.00-800,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 391,407.85 ₡ 250,000.00-600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,026.00 ₡ 55,741.36-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 62,418.46 ₡ 41,806.02-74,398.49
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 427,535.59 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.59 8.00-14.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 3168 entries in the past 18 months from 271 different contributors.
Last update: May 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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