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Cost of Living in Costa Rica

Cost of living in Costa Rica is 24.60% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Costa Rica is 55.52% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.94 $ 5.20-8.93
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 31.22 $ 20.82-43.36
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.85 $ 5.98-7.81
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 $ 1.50-2.60
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.06 $ 2.08-4.34
Cappuccino (regular) 2.31 $ 1.56-3.12
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.42 $ 1.04-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.23 $ 0.87-1.73
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.01 $ 3.94-5.91
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.64 $ 0.87-2.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.71-1.18
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.67 $ 1.91-3.64
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.85 $ 1.57-4.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.25 $ 2.12-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.08 $ 2.83-5.51
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 $ 0.94-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.24-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 0.94 $ 0.43-1.97
Tomato (1 lb) 1.10 $ 0.55-1.70
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.55-1.18
Onion (1 lb) 0.81 $ 0.54-1.18
Lettuce (1 head) 0.76 $ 0.52-1.04
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.93 $ 1.30-2.60
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.41 $ 8.67-14.74
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.68 $ 1.30-2.08
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.55 $ 1.47-3.47
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.38 $ 3.03-4.16
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.69 $ 0.52-0.92
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.30 $ 28.62-58.98
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.11 $ 1.04-1.21
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.81 $ 1.67-2.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.65 $ 8.67-17.35
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.01 $ 3.54-4.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,682.38 $ 17,345.90-25,430.83
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,161.65 $ 21,456.88-27,753.45
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 66.85 $ 35.26-121.42
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 $ 0.04-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.62 $ 30.03-69.38
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.00 $ 30.03-70.25
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.42 $ 8.67-31.22
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.07 $ 5.20-7.81
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 369.81 $ 260.19-555.07
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 6,649.56 $ 5,203.77-10,008.41
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.20 $ 40.03-86.73
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.29 $ 34.69-69.38
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.51 $ 78.06-130.09
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.84 $ 60.71-130.09
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 509.82 $ 346.92-800.67
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 368.15 $ 242.84-520.38
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 890.26 $ 520.38-1,501.26
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 672.75 $ 433.65-1,124.01
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 143.94 $ 95.08-205.46
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 105.90 $ 72.52-161.15
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 792.76 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.41 0.01-0.02

Prices in Costa Rica

These data are based on 3216 entries in the past 18 months from 279 different contributors.
Last update: August 2017
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