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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 26.91% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 60.56% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,261.24 ₡ 3,100.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 14,000.00-30,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,200.00 ₡ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,494.30 ₡ 1,000.00-2,200.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 875.69 ₡ 600.00-1,300.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 776.42 ₡ 550.00-1,200.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,029.01 ₡ 2,271.25-4,163.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,010.11 ₡ 544.31-1,433.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 545.38 ₡ 430.91-816.47
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,530.62 ₡ 1,186.00-2,145.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,582.52 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,952.93 ₡ 1,315.42-2,721.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,208.95 ₡ 1,360.78-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,047.58 ₡ 589.67-1,380.62
Banana (1 lb) 323.60 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 573.80 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 597.11 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 544.44 ₡ 317.52-828.37
Onion (1 lb) 448.32 ₡ 272.16-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 558.70 ₡ 350.00-1,100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,141.73 ₡ 800.00-1,800.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 904.59 ₡ 700.00-1,363.64
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,470.58 ₡ 950.00-2,434.99
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 442.50 ₡ 300.00-580.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 24,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-35,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 620.00-750.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,094.35 ₡ 979.69-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5,500.00 ₡ 3,790.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,369.16 ₡ 2,157.69-2,574.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,856,252.50 ₡ 11,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,009,884.02 ₡ 12,500,000.00-18,262,440.45
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 46,455.20 ₡ 21,250.00-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.56 ₡ 30.00-56.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 36,887.97 ₡ 18,262.44-70,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,398.93 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,309.89 ₡ 2,000.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,100.00 ₡ 3,000.00-4,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 214,557.79 ₡ 121,749.60-325,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,671,950.28 ₡ 2,700,000.00-7,000,602.17
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38,337.86 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,809.92 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,862.10 ₡ 45,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 57,788.99 ₡ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 290,074.93 ₡ 167,405.70-486,998.41
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 214,658.15 ₡ 120,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 512,726.85 ₡ 300,000.00-913,122.02
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 402,248.87 ₡ 250,000.00-650,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 89,920.20 ₡ 46,451.13-130,063.17
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 69,533.51 ₡ 41,806.02-105,326.09
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 435,679.63 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.59 8.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2837 entries in the past 18 months from 263 different contributors.
Last update: February 2019
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