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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 26.61% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 60.39% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.97 $ 5.01-8.34
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 33.38 $ 23.36-50.07
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.68 $ 5.84-8.34
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.50 $ 1.67-3.34
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.34 $ 2.50-4.98
Cappuccino (regular) 2.48 $ 1.67-3.42
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.42 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.29 $ 0.92-1.99
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.90 $ 3.67-6.43
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.55 $ 0.83-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.91 $ 0.69-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.51 $ 1.87-3.58
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.59 $ 1.74-5.30
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.34 $ 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.76 $ 2.65-5.30
Apples (1 lb) 1.71 $ 0.98-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.38-0.76
Oranges (1 lb) 0.91 $ 0.38-1.51
Tomato (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.53-1.51
Potato (1 lb) 0.88 $ 0.53-1.21
Onion (1 lb) 0.74 $ 0.45-1.14
Lettuce (1 head) 0.83 $ 0.58-1.34
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.87 $ 1.34-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.01 $ 8.34-13.35
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.49 $ 1.17-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.38 $ 1.50-3.34
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.34 $ 2.67-4.17
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.69 $ 0.50-0.92
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 38.38 $ 25.40-50.07
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.08 $ 1.00-1.17
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.80 $ 1.61-2.42
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.85 $ 8.34-16.69
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.94 $ 3.59-4.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,884.71 $ 18,357.83-26,702.30
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,731.87 $ 22,803.76-29,889.89
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 74.83 $ 33.93-116.82
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 $ 0.05-0.08
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.33 $ 29.89-100.97
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 50.82 $ 33.38-75.10
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.85 $ 4.17-30.04
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.17 $ 5.01-7.51
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 360.87 $ 199.27-534.05
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,787.32 $ 5,006.68-10,013.36
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 62.58 $ 41.72-83.44
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.58 $ 31.71-66.76
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.73 $ 75.10-148.53
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 93.92 $ 66.76-133.51
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 485.92 $ 298.90-751.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 359.64 $ 200.27-547.98
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 832.83 $ 500.67-1,494.49
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 651.73 $ 417.22-996.33
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 138.20 $ 77.52-197.68
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 107.66 $ 69.77-159.08
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 732.90 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.42 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

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Last update: December 2018
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