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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.81% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.80% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.97 € 4.48-7.46
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 29.85 € 17.91-37.31
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.90 € 5.15-6.41
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.79 € 1.42-2.54
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.98 € 1.79-3.73
Cappuccino (regular) 2.04 € 1.49-2.69
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.25 € 0.90-1.79
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.08 € 0.75-1.64
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.20 € 3.25-5.08
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.40 € 0.81-2.03
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.61-1.02
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.30 € 1.64-3.13
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.44 € 1.69-4.06
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.88 € 2.02-3.88
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.50 € 2.44-4.74
Apples (1 lb) 1.56 € 0.81-2.33
Banana (1 lb) 0.43 € 0.27-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.77 € 0.34-1.69
Tomato (1 lb) 0.91 € 0.47-1.35
Potato (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.47-1.02
Onion (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.47-1.02
Lettuce (1 head) 0.67 € 0.45-0.85
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.63 € 1.12-2.24
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.95 € 7.46-11.94
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.42 € 1.07-2.24
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.10 € 1.27-2.98
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.98 € 2.69-3.73
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.60 € 0.45-0.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 35.82 € 22.71-44.77
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.96 € 0.90-1.04
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.56 € 1.44-2.16
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.95 € 7.46-14.92
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.42 € 2.99-3.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,656.12 € 14,924.90-21,362.94
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,716.12 € 18,462.10-23,879.84
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 61.39 € 30.34-116.41
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 € 0.04-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 43.27 € 26.86-67.16
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.03 € 25.64-60.45
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.71 € 7.46-26.86
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.22 € 4.48-6.72
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 323.00 € 186.56-477.60
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,178.44 € 4,477.47-8,545.18
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 54.99 € 37.31-74.62
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.48 € 29.85-74.62
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.07 € 67.16-111.94
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 79.19 € 52.24-111.94
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 437.64 € 298.50-683.61
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 316.86 € 201.49-469.98
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 766.77 € 447.75-1,281.78
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 593.93 € 373.12-967.13
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 120.64 € 76.26-166.39
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 87.32 € 62.40-131.72
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 706.98 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 10.22 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 2990 entries in the past 18 months from 267 different contributors.
Last update: November 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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