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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 25.14% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 60.26% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,250.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,990.02
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) 2,100.00 ₡ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,507.50 ₡ 1,000.00-2,030.63
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 885.49 ₡ 600.00-1,300.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 785.57 ₡ 575.35-1,198.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,021.55 ₡ 2,271.25-4,163.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 997.29 ₡ 544.31-1,450.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 544.70 ₡ 408.23-816.47
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,529.48 ₡ 1,192.01-2,400.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,587.76 ₡ 1,043.26-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,918.26 ₡ 1,315.42-2,721.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,240.83 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,050.01 ₡ 680.39-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 349.37 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 589.67 ₡ 272.16-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 580.73 ₡ 317.52-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 534.10 ₡ 317.52-815.11
Onion (1 lb) 453.04 ₡ 272.16-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 595.79 ₡ 350.00-1,198.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,174.05 ₡ 800.00-1,800.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 916.49 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,451.84 ₡ 900.00-2,396.01
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 430.00 ₡ 300.00-580.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-35,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-800.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,094.35 ₡ 965.61-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5,500.00 ₡ 2,995.01-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,362.08 ₡ 2,157.69-2,574.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,000,000.00 ₡ 11,000,000.00-16,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,052,614.39 ₡ 12,500,000.00-18,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 45,144.18 ₡ 20,329.17-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.43 ₡ 30.00-59.90
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 38,259.36 ₡ 20,000.00-70,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29,416.98 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10,634.10 ₡ 2,500.00-18,000.00
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 217,637.20 ₡ 119,800.50-320,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,578,611.76 ₡ 2,500,250.00-6,888,528.49
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,085.77 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,912.67 ₡ 20,000.00-40,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,797.80 ₡ 45,000.00-90,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 57,149.55 ₡ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 283,425.26 ₡ 160,000.00-479,201.98
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 217,203.05 ₡ 120,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 511,681.98 ₡ 300,000.00-898,503.72
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 398,259.28 ₡ 220,000.00-658,902.72
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 87,429.40 ₡ 46,451.13-130,063.17
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 72,377.06 ₡ 44,128.58-105,326.09
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 459,750.08 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.46 8.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: April 2019
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