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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.62% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 55.61% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.05 $ 5.29-8.82
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.27 $ 21.16-45.85
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.17-7.94
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.38 $ 1.50-3.09
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.53 $ 2.12-4.41
Cappuccino (regular) 2.47 $ 1.76-3.53
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.46 $ 1.06-2.12
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.32 $ 0.88-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.00 $ 3.79-6.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.67 $ 0.88-2.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.73-1.20
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.60 $ 1.96-3.53
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.89 $ 1.84-4.94
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.38 $ 2.40-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.99 $ 2.80-5.20
Apples (1 lb) 1.93 $ 1.10-2.40
Banana (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.32-0.77
Oranges (1 lb) 0.89 $ 0.40-1.60
Tomato (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.48-1.60
Potato (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.52-1.20
Onion (1 lb) 0.79 $ 0.54-1.20
Lettuce (1 head) 0.82 $ 0.53-1.23
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.93 $ 1.41-2.65
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.58 $ 8.82-14.11
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.63 $ 1.23-2.65
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.58 $ 1.68-3.53
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.53 $ 2.82-4.41
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.73 $ 0.53-0.93
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.56 $ 26.84-52.91
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.14 $ 1.06-1.23
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.84 $ 1.70-2.27
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 9.70 $ 8.82-17.64
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.08 $ 3.74-4.59
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,789.06 $ 17,635.83-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,857.55 $ 23,857.39-29,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 81.59 $ 36.43-141.09
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) 55.36 $ 31.74-105.81
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.15 $ 31.74-79.36
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.75 $ 4.41-26.45
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.00 $ 5.29-8.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 364.79 $ 200.00-529.07
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,571.14 $ 5,290.75-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.40 $ 44.09-88.18
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 50.35 $ 35.27-88.18
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 99.24 $ 79.36-132.27
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 92.65 $ 67.02-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 514.43 $ 352.72-793.61
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 380.09 $ 264.54-529.07
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 903.24 $ 529.07-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 720.84 $ 440.90-1,142.80
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 146.29 $ 90.00-185.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 111.72 $ 73.73-163.84
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 819.67 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.58 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: June 2018
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