Cost of Living in Ajijic

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 MXN 80.00-319.73
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 525.00 MXN 400.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 90.00 MXN 90.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 MXN 21.32-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 MXN 40.00-53.29
Cappuccino (regular) 50.18 MXN 35.00-80.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 14.50 MXN 12.00-30.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.01 MXN 9.00-20.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 66.24 MXN 49.21-83.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 34.02 MXN 24.49-36.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.30 MXN 5.90-20.41
Eggs (regular) (12) 32.20 MXN 20.00-56.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 35.21 MXN 18.14-54.43
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 29.74 MXN 24.95-63.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 54.43 MXN 54.43-140.00
Apples (1 lb) 16.33 MXN 11.34-27.22
Banana (1 lb) 7.41 MXN 4.54-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 4.54 MXN 4.54-17.24
Tomato (1 lb) 9.07 MXN 9.07-14.97
Potato (1 lb) 6.80 MXN 5.44-18.14
Onion (1 lb) 10.57 MXN 3.18-20.37
Lettuce (1 head) 15.67 MXN 14.00-25.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.75 MXN 10.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 180.00 MXN 90.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 24.33 MXN 10.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.50 MXN 16.00-75.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 52.00 MXN 50.00-57.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 MXN 7.00-9.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 MXN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 MXN 50.00-60.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 MXN 16.09-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 MXN 100.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 76.43 MXN 70.00-78.32
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 419,990.00 MXN 360,000.00-419,990.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 363,594.47 MXN 270,000.00-457,188.95
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 594.04 MXN 350.00-850.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.95 MXN 0.98-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 537.30 MXN 365.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 527.50 MXN 340.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 MXN 45.00-60.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,437.50 MXN 1,500.00-3,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 51,000.00 MXN 24,000.00-78,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 462.50 MXN 300.00-600.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 383.33 MXN 250.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 987.50 MXN 800.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,062.50 MXN 450.00-1,400.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 12,144.67 MXN 10,000.00-17,052.15
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,539.40 MXN 7,500.00-14,920.63
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 19,833.33 MXN 18,000.00-22,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,746.60 MXN 12,000.00-21,589.48
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,612.34 MXN 1,065.75-2,158.93
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,763.64 MXN 1,207.73-2,178.25
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,127.40 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.00 7.00-7.00

Prices in Ajijic

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11 Comments so far
Annette Thompson on Nov 02, 2020:
Rents in Ajijic for a one bedroom average about $800 US. Lower rents can be found in the nearby city of Chapala
Susan McCrary on Jul 13, 2020:
Rents are higher in the village of ajijic. We pay $800 a month for 2 bedroom house plus $45 for maintenance.
Russ Rousseau on Jan 16, 2020:
The index looks very accurate. Gasoline is 20.1 pesos/l. Domestic help varies slightly but for a maid is 50 to 60 pesos/hr and gardener is 80 to 90/hr.
Anonymous on Dec 28, 2019:
Number of bathrooms in the three bedrooms quoted above please

cost of daily maid service
David on Apr 19, 2019:
For the most part, When it comes to prices, Ajijic is not as low as most (not all) places in Mexico. Wages for a maid/gardener, on an hourly basis is usually more than the daily minimum wage set by the government. The prices are high because the Gringos/Gringas will pay them.

Still, it's, IMO, much better than NOB/
Julia Schneider on Jul 03, 2018:
Pemex verde gasoline is now at $19.09 per liter. I would add at least 10% to most of the prices listed. Rents have gone up even more.
Scott on May 18, 2018:
As of May 18, 2018:
Gasoline = $MXN 18.63/liter
Internet/phone = $MXN 800/month
Kate on Mar 20, 2018:
I've lived in Ajijic for 2 years and the rents have risen steadily, along with the vast numbers of expats moving there. The traffic is snarled and the village's small town charm is fading. Infrastructure isn't keeping up with the population increase. I couldn't find a good 2-bedroom rental for under $1000 US per month, and I expect that to be more in another year or two. While I could find some rentals for less than that, they were far below my standards. One bedroom out of town--$750 or more for a nice one. So I think your rent numbers are way off for apartments or houses that would suit western tastes. The rental market is super-tight and finding anything nice at those prices depends on timing and luck. If you are house-hunting in the late summer or fall, just forget it; everything is full until the spring. Even that is changing because the snowbirds are finding they cannot get a winter rental as easily as they once could and are forced to rent year round if they want a place to come to in the fall.
Margo Morado on Feb 19, 2018:
I think that the information underestimates the cost of rentals in ajijic. I am not in the town center and have a tiny apartment in a working-class neighborhood that costs me 380 US dollars a month (approx. 7000 pesos) I consider myself very lucky to have found it and the people know agree. You can find virtually nothing for less than $500 a month in Ajijic unless you come just during off season and do not live here full time.
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2018:
I live about 200km from Guad and Ajijic and prices tend to be a bit than in Guadalajara. Gas is now over 17 pesos a liter, and rents, especially seasonal or short term are rising quickly. Biggest problem is the traffic... getting really bad. I have lived in my community for over 5 years, and we have never been 'broken' into. Most break-ins are crimes of opportunity caused by poor security. Leave an unbarred window open for the 'fresh air' or a sliding patio door unlatched... expect your dinero to be gone in the morning. Security bars are not an option, and they can be quite attractive if done right. Security lighting is not an option. Locking doors at night is not an option. Locking and arming your car security system is not an option, and you do it every night... you get the picture. Prices are still far less than NOB...especially Canada. A bottle of good scotch here is 1/4 the price in Canada. I moved to Mexico because I could no longer afford to live in Canada.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2017:
Rents have increased since this report, actually everything is more expensive than reported in these lists