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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.48% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 53.96% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,000.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 20,000.00 ₡ 12,000.00-25,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3,946.54 ₡ 3,500.00-4,300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,200.00 ₡ 900.00-1,711.32
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,382.71 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 861.64 ₡ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 744.83 ₡ 500.00-1,140.88
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,800.86 ₡ 2,081.98-3,482.58
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 929.69 ₡ 544.31-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 530.92 ₡ 430.91-680.39
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,535.83 ₡ 1,113.00-2,100.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,653.56 ₡ 1,133.98-2,800.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,900.41 ₡ 1,315.42-2,587.48
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,289.35 ₡ 1,587.58-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,063.19 ₡ 544.31-1,587.58
Banana (1 lb) 291.29 ₡ 226.80-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 499.34 ₡ 226.80-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 571.38 ₡ 294.84-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 474.65 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Onion (1 lb) 444.40 ₡ 310.50-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 449.24 ₡ 300.00-700.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,095.28 ₡ 750.00-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 915.64 ₡ 700.00-1,200.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,383.10 ₡ 850.00-2,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,700.00-2,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-500.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 24,000.00 ₡ 15,217.39-34,226.40
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 645.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,050.91 ₡ 965.61-1,287.48
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,330.73 ₡ 2,063.05-2,649.79
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,500,000.00 ₡ 11,000,000.00-13,725,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,598,321.71 ₡ 13,527,800.00-16,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 42,961.04 ₡ 20,329.17-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.22 ₡ 30.00-62.75
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30,203.61 ₡ 20,000.00-57,044.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30,093.65 ₡ 20,000.00-45,635.20
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,940.49 ₡ 5,000.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,500.00 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 206,081.75 ₡ 150,000.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,027,169.45 ₡ 3,000,000.00-5,704,400.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,083.15 ₡ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27,241.64 ₡ 20,000.00-45,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 57,147.05 ₡ 45,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 53,774.76 ₡ 40,000.00-74,157.20
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 297,791.35 ₡ 200,000.00-456,352.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 215,637.77 ₡ 150,000.00-313,742.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 515,182.15 ₡ 300,000.00-1,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 423,823.91 ₡ 250,000.00-684,528.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,937.71 ₡ 51,096.25-118,450.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 62,527.99 ₡ 41,806.02-95,317.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 474,006.44 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.84 7.00-13.00

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 3012 entries in the past 18 months from 283 different contributors.
Last update: February 2018
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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