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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 23.77% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 54.33% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.02 $ 5.26-8.77
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 31.58 $ 21.06-43.87
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.98 $ 6.05-7.54
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.11 $ 1.75-2.74
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.51 $ 2.11-4.39
Cappuccino (regular) 2.40 $ 1.75-3.16
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.47 $ 1.05-2.11
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.28 $ 0.88-1.75
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.98 $ 3.82-5.98
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.64 $ 0.96-2.39
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.94 $ 0.72-1.19
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.70 $ 1.93-3.68
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.86 $ 1.99-4.78
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.38 $ 2.35-4.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.11 $ 2.87-5.57
Apples (1 lb) 1.83 $ 0.96-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.32-0.80
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.40-1.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.56-1.59
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.56-1.19
Onion (1 lb) 0.81 $ 0.54-1.19
Lettuce (1 head) 0.79 $ 0.53-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.92 $ 1.32-2.63
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.53 $ 8.77-14.04
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.67 $ 1.25-2.63
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.46 $ 1.49-3.51
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.51 $ 3.16-4.39
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.70 $ 0.53-0.93
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 42.11 $ 26.70-52.64
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.12 $ 1.05-1.23
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.84 $ 1.69-2.54
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.53 $ 8.77-17.55
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.02 $ 3.52-4.65
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,932.67 $ 17,546.13-24,944.69
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,530.09 $ 21,704.57-28,073.81
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 70.52 $ 35.09-136.86
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 $ 0.05-0.11
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.13 $ 29.93-78.96
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 49.26 $ 29.93-71.06
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.44 $ 8.77-31.58
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.14 $ 5.26-7.90
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 379.50 $ 219.33-561.48
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,244.18 $ 5,263.84-9,977.88
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.60 $ 43.87-87.73
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.89 $ 35.09-87.73
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 98.76 $ 78.96-131.60
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.07 $ 61.41-131.60
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 518.40 $ 350.92-798.23
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 374.35 $ 236.87-548.78
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 902.97 $ 526.38-1,496.68
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 697.74 $ 438.65-1,136.99
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 141.64 $ 89.65-195.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 102.54 $ 73.35-154.86
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 834.07 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.30 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 3025 entries in the past 18 months from 273 different contributors.
Last update: October 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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