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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.26% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.10% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.04 $ 5.28-8.80
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 33.44 $ 21.12-44.01
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.02 $ 6.03-7.57
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.11 $ 1.67-2.82
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.52 $ 2.11-4.40
Cappuccino (regular) 2.43 $ 1.76-3.17
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.49 $ 1.06-2.11
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.28 $ 0.88-1.94
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.93 $ 3.79-6.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.65 $ 0.96-2.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.94 $ 0.73-1.20
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.69 $ 1.94-3.70
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.87 $ 2.00-4.79
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.39 $ 2.36-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.12 $ 2.87-5.59
Apples (1 lb) 1.84 $ 0.96-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.32-0.80
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.40-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.56-1.60
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.56-1.20
Onion (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.54-1.20
Lettuce (1 head) 0.79 $ 0.53-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.92 $ 1.32-2.64
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.56 $ 8.80-14.08
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.66 $ 1.25-2.64
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.47 $ 1.50-3.52
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.43 $ 3.00-4.40
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.70 $ 0.53-0.88
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 42.25 $ 26.79-52.81
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.13 $ 1.06-1.23
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.84 $ 1.70-2.55
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.56 $ 8.80-17.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.09 $ 3.63-4.66
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,003.17 $ 17,602.53-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,653.82 $ 21,774.34-28,164.06
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 75.20 $ 35.21-140.82
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 $ 0.05-0.12
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 51.66 $ 35.21-79.21
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.69 $ 30.00-79.21
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.56 $ 8.80-31.68
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.16 $ 5.28-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 388.02 $ 264.04-528.08
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,896.74 $ 5,280.76-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 66.16 $ 44.01-88.01
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.96 $ 35.21-88.01
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.61 $ 79.21-132.02
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.83 $ 61.61-132.02
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 532.96 $ 325.65-880.13
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 373.45 $ 237.63-550.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 912.57 $ 528.08-1,584.23
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 709.94 $ 440.06-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 142.07 $ 89.94-196.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 102.85 $ 73.59-155.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 849.65 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 10.23 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: December 2017
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