Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 29.59% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account).

Rent in Costa Rica is, on average, 64.70% lower than in United States.

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 34.50 R$ 25.87-63.94
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 215.62 R$ 129.37-423.45
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.36 R$ 31.91-43.12
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.94 R$ 6.90-20.70
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 21.00 R$ 13.23-30.19
Cappuccino (regular) 13.20 R$ 6.90-21.56
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 7.88 R$ 6.04-12.94
Water (12 oz small bottle) 6.95 R$ 5.17-10.35
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 27.24 R$ 19.59-35.91
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.17 R$ 3.91-17.77
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.01 R$ 2.43-5.87
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.06 R$ 8.62-20.70
Local Cheese (1 lb) 14.10 R$ 7.82-24.01
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 15.00 R$ 7.82-21.75
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.69 R$ 11.74-28.17
Apples (1 lb) 9.51 R$ 3.91-15.65
Banana (1 lb) 3.13 R$ 1.96-5.87
Oranges (1 lb) 5.10 R$ 1.96-15.65
Tomato (1 lb) 4.62 R$ 2.74-10.95
Potato (1 lb) 4.70 R$ 1.96-9.39
Onion (1 lb) 4.89 R$ 2.35-8.61
Lettuce (1 head) 4.72 R$ 2.59-10.35
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 11.10 R$ 6.90-17.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.37 R$ 38.81-105.86
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.60 R$ 5.17-14.79
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.10 R$ 6.90-21.56
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 21.15 R$ 17.25-30.19
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.31 R$ 3.02-5.99
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 241.50 R$ 150.00-388.12
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.61 R$ 5.17-8.62
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 9.02 R$ 7.36-16.66
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.19 R$ 25.70-60.37
Gasoline (1 gallon) 20.58 R$ 18.28-24.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 116,436.11 R$ 103,498.77-137,998.36
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 133,625.99 R$ 120,748.56-146,623.25
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 362.80 R$ 215.62-733.12
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.35 R$ 0.22-0.52
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 281.15 R$ 211.73-517.49
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 258.39 R$ 158.80-423.45
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 131.14 R$ 60.37-172.50
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 32.27 R$ 25.87-51.75
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,791.57 R$ 1,034.99-3,175.91
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 37,654.06 R$ 21,562.24-63,518.20
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 324.78 R$ 172.50-517.49
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 226.01 R$ 129.37-370.52
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 497.76 R$ 301.87-776.24
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 441.38 R$ 258.75-689.99
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,540.85 R$ 1,552.48-4,933.44
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,750.10 R$ 1,034.99-3,449.96
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,365.83 R$ 2,759.97-9,487.39
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,196.04 R$ 2,156.22-7,145.80
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 869.82 R$ 491.75-1,475.25
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 683.10 R$ 440.70-1,128.61
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,151.81 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.64 7.00-12.00

Prices in Costa Rica

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