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Cost of Living in Medellin

Summary about cost of living in Medellin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12,000.00 Col$ 10,000.00-17,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60,000.00 Col$ 50,000.00-80,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15,000.00 Col$ 13,000.00-19,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,000.00 Col$ 2,500.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,000.00 Col$ 4,000.00-8,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3,293.15 Col$ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,145.45 Col$ 1,700.00-2,600.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,043.48 Col$ 1,200.00-3,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8,426.75 Col$ 6,813.74-9,463.53
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,557.59 Col$ 1,814.37-3,628.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,420.98 Col$ 1,133.98-1,814.37
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,073.71 Col$ 3,648.00-8,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3,720.11 Col$ 1,360.78-5,443.11
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5,737.50 Col$ 3,628.74-7,257.49
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6,221.15 Col$ 4,535.93-8,164.67
Apples (1 lb) 2,586.45 Col$ 2,000.00-3,279.48
Banana (1 lb) 1,026.96 Col$ 843.68-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 1,569.43 Col$ 907.19-2,500.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1,221.87 Col$ 907.19-1,587.58
Potato (1 lb) 1,190.68 Col$ 680.39-1,814.37
Onion (1 lb) 1,146.46 Col$ 861.83-1,587.58
Lettuce (1 head) 2,428.57 Col$ 1,000.00-4,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,444.44 Col$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30,000.00 Col$ 20,000.00-39,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,696.59 Col$ 1,800.00-4,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5,857.14 Col$ 3,200.00-9,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5,200.00 Col$ 5,000.00-6,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,200.00 Col$ 2,100.00-2,350.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 93,826.09 Col$ 60,000.00-120,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5,000.00 Col$ 3,200.00-5,500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2,076.05 Col$ 1,609.34-3,701.49
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25,000.00 Col$ 12,000.00-26,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,269.46 Col$ 8,900.00-10,000.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,000,000.00 Col$ 35,000,000.00-68,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 68,430,000.00 Col$ 60,000,000.00-80,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 171,383.86 Col$ 116,875.00-280,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 142.03 Col$ 100.00-300.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 111,503.70 Col$ 66,710.40-198,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 73,368.38 Col$ 55,000.00-120,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26,454.55 Col$ 15,000.00-70,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12,000.00 Col$ 10,000.00-15,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 457,894.74 Col$ 290,190.24-1,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,883,770.67 Col$ 6,600,000.00-18,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 159,136.79 Col$ 90,000.00-270,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 112,105.25 Col$ 70,000.00-200,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 256,305.82 Col$ 200,000.00-330,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 228,291.67 Col$ 150,000.00-350,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 829,879.33 Col$ 600,000.00-1,667,760.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 727,516.40 Col$ 450,000.00-950,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,404,235.00 Col$ 1,000,000.00-1,800,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,349,130.43 Col$ 900,000.00-1,900,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 343,539.31 Col$ 232,255.67-464,511.33
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 308,900.04 Col$ 185,804.53-418,060.20
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,027,859.38 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.89 9.50-18.00

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Last update: May 2019
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31 Comments so far

#Anonymous on May 21, 2019 :
To Joseph B. Colombia isn't the only country you can do that in.Brazil,Peru, Dominican Republic, Argentina,and many other countries work the same with the 183 resident rule concerning taxation.Europe also has the same guidelines.Furthermore if you situate yourself on the Colombia/Peru border it'll make the transition much less expensive obviously.Ecuador also borders Colombia another cheap option to restart your tourist visa in Colombia.Hope my accurate information helped you.
#Anonymous on May 21, 2019 :
To Joseph B. Yes that's correct but always remember to never get a retirement visa because once you do that locks you into the DIAN tax scheme.Only get a tourist visa and you'll be fine.Also use your debit card from the U S and don't open a bank account in Colombia.Remember the 183 day rule it's important.Peru is the easiest country to enter so stay there for two weeks then re-enter Colombia to restart your tourist visa.I'm an accountant in Medelin and I advise all of my clients to do that to avoid dealing with DIAN in Colombia.
#Joseph B. on May 19, 2019 :
Hello to all. You've all provided some great information. Are you telling me all I need to do is on the 180 day leave for a week and come back, to avoid paying taxes in Colombia?

I don't have a retirement account or a pension. I receive Disability Benefits from my country which is taxable here in the States.

Any and all interest or comments would be appreciated.

Thank you.
#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2019 :
Breast augmentation in Bogota cost $13,700 USD but I got mine done in Medellin for $11,000 USD.
#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2019 :
Yes I had mine done in January 2019 It cost me $11,000 USD.
#Mark on Mar 13, 2019 :
Anyone have an idea about the price of breast augmentation in Medellin or Bogota?
#Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019 :
My brother Charlie is a retired U S citizen from Houston Texas.He worked as an engineer for the railroad 20 years then retired.He retired in Pereira and married a Colombian woman.They lived in Pereira for 9 months then decided to live in Houston for 2 years so she could get her citizenship.They bought a house in Pereira and 23 acres outside of Pereira near Armenia Colombia where they grew coffee beans to sell to producers.Everything was going fine for 7 years.Their business was very profitable.My brother invited me to stay with them as long as I wanted.I had two weeks vacation so I decided to visit for my 2 weeks vacation for a change of pace.The 2nd week on a Thursday federal agents from DIAN came in that morning at 4am I'll never forget it.They arrested my brother his wife and me.I stayed in jail in Pereira for almost a month no calls were allowed.They didn't find any drugs none of us were into that.The authorities released me and my brothers wife a month later but my brother was transported to prison the same day.Charlie is doing 16 years without the possibility of parole for tax evasion.Myself and my family in Houston offered to pay the fines in full if they'd release my brother from prison but they wouldn't budge.We sent a lengthy letter to Washington DC which came from the family lawyer.The state department said the U S government couldn't do anything about it since my brother owed back taxes to the Colombian government.My brother has 14 more years on his sentence.The post from the tax accountant is correct dated 3-6-2019.I hope people will follow his accurate advise to save others of the hell we've been through especially on brothers behalf.After 2 years being in prison we were allowed to visit my brother for only 30 minutes.We brought the family lawyer with us with cash for back taxes owed but it didn't matter.His condition was horrible he looked like death warmed over major loss of weight.He contracted hepatitis C while there and no medical help was offered.
#Anonymous on Mar 06, 2019 :
To " GRINGO " The person who posted about income taxes for pensions abroad concerning U S social security retirement pensions is correct.Social security retirement pensions up to $1,090 USD per month or $ 13,080 yearly is nontaxable in Colombia.From $1,090 USD to $1,700 USD taxable at 19%. Incomes from $1,700 USD to $4,100 USD are taxable at 28% and so on. The same tax table applies to U S railroad pensions or any other type of pensions thereof.Tax filing with DIAN runs between August 9th through October 19th of each calendar year to file for the priror tax year.After 183 days living in Colombia you're a tax resident even if you live outside of Colombia you're a tax resident for that calendar year,the full year and you're liabale for taxes owed to Colombia.That's Colombian law not my law.I'm a tax accountant for many clients throughout Colombia and my specialty is doing taxes for expats whether they're retired receiving pensions, running businesses,or purchasing realestate.Yes I'm a U S citizen and I've activity been in business for over 22 years now in Medellin.I also do taxes for people receiving railroad commission pensions as well.The penalty for being delinquent to file taxes is on October 20th of each calendar year.I did 47 railroad pensions last October so I know the average amounts they make per month and annually.Admin (RRB) board members make $3,415 monthly or $40,980 annually.Rail employees make ,$2,730 monthly or $32,760 annually.Colombia would charge 28% + 8% = 36% annually which for a rail employee would be _$11,793.60 USD owed in penalties annually do the math these are current penalty rates.It doesn't matter if anyone is married or not everyone in Colombia files separately not jointly, that's the law too.Foreigners can and do own realestate in Colombia myself included.If anyone has dependants in Colombia a very small deduction is allowed,and rarely given as a rule.When I have clients ie expats such as yourself come into my office and start telling me the tax laws in Colombia I refer them to DIAN.Giving no information is better than giving incorrect information as you've given.I'm not soliciting business for myself
since my roster stays full with clients.FYI the Colombian government gives alot of leeway and will say nothing or send anything regarding taxes owed to anyone.However since you're an expat they only look at the last two numbers on your passport to determine the length of time you've spent in Colombia in It doesn't matter if you spend 183 days in Colombia and the rest elsewhere you're still a tax resident, that's the law.Since you and your wife purchased a condo in Bogota taxes are due on that also but taxes must be paid separately by you and your wife.Many expats make the same mistakes as you do thinking you're exempt.The majority I've encountered at my office in Medellin.You cannot avoid paying taxes in Colombia on your global income remember that.Some of my former clients are doing lengthy time in prison for tax evasion only because they ignored DIAN'S tax laws.One day they'll pick you up without notice.It happens more often than people realise in Colombia.Oh BTW runners interstate flight as it's called is alive and well in Colombia.Its an agreement the U S and Colombia has.Good luck hotshot you're going to need it where DIAN is concerned.
#Anonymous on Mar 05, 2019 :
Hey GRINGO unlike you I've never lived in Colombia but instead stayed two months at a time.How funny wifey needed a chump to get her U S citizenship and she doesn't pay for anything.You've taken pay for play to a new level Texas boy but then again Texans aren't very intelligent.Now you live in a small village growing fruit? That's right up your alley fruitcake.
#GRINGO on Mar 05, 2019 :
I laughed when reading these posts. I agree with Anonymous of March 03,2019 on most of what he said. I international Lawyer must
Of smoked to much Colombia Gold.
People like him don't belong in Colombia. Married to a Colombia a live with her 6 years without ever leaving the country. We are just getting ready after living in San Antonio TX 3 years. She just got her US Citizenship last week. So will be heading back to live again in one of most beautiful country on this Earth. He is what we call The Ugly American. Lived in Bogota and had a beautiful Condo in the Northside. We Bought there
We live on my Railroad Retirement pension (Not Social Security). My Pension was never taxed as was Exempt. Just paided property tax.
And whatever we bought from the big grocery stores or Malls. Food is cheaper as we bought all our fresh fruit & Veggies from the street vendors or a big open food for fresh fish and a small Butcher shop for meat. Nothing was taxed.
I didn't speak good Spanish. Found the people Very honest and very friendly & helpful,. They love north Americans . Beautiful Woman
All over the country. Now we live in a Small Village as I grow fruit
And coffee now. These people who want to tear down should just get the hell out.

Never got mugged or had any trouble as I dressed most the time
Like a Texas Cowboy and showed respect to everyone. Never flashed money around just be a little humble and let them know that you love there Country and never think your above them. More crime here in the States the in the so called
3rd world.
#Anonymous on Mar 03, 2019 :
To Paul!! It's true Medellin has some dangerous areas just like all countries do.Who really defines 1st 2nd or 3rd world,a government? I often wonder how all countries would react if a natural disaster threatened humanity on earth.Then and only then will people stop bickering around the world because it'd be a matter of survival,dependence upon each other.Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.I've literally been around the world 3 times for extended stays.Whenever I've visited any country I respect their customs even though I don't understand their customs compared to my home country.However learning new things should be the only reasons to visit any country,not insist on changing people's cultures to their own likes.
#Paul on Mar 03, 2019 :
The prices are all about right except for rent. Rent in neighborhoods expats will want to live is close to double, and will probably be more than double cause it's very tough to rent--you need cosigners and huge deposits. So most expats rent from a subletter, or middle man.

The hate from some ppl below about the city is surprising and unwarrented. One person claimed it's a 3rd world city with 3rd world aditude, but it won "most innovative city in the world" a few yrs ago. It's modern, clean, good infrastructure, good public parks and facilities, beautiful greenery (in the nicer neighborhoods). The climate is also about perfect yr round and water is drinkable. There are vast slums which stretch up the hills, but there's no need to ever go there.

There is crime, but you just take percaussions like any other major city. It's not really a deterent to me living here. The only real problem is the pollution, which is moderate most of the yr, but gets bad for 2-3 months, when the rainy season arrives and cooler air meets hot air, forming a smog trap over the valley. The city is aware of the problem and is active in increasing public transport and limiting days/week ppl can drive.

Ok that's all. I live in Medellin and basically love it. Also someone was saying its a "small city"...it has 3 million ppl.
#Anonymous on Feb 12, 2019 :
You're spot on " Mike " When I visit Medellin for several months I normally stay in Envigado rather than in the heart of the City.Besides even though Envigado is on the outer edges it's much safer.My apartment rent per month is normally between $800 to $1,000 USD for a nicely furnished one bedroom apartment.
#Mike on Feb 12, 2019 :
I have lived in Medellin for the past 10 years and I can tell your from experience that your estimates are off by at least 50%, unless you're planning on renting and living in some shady neighborhoods. If you are an expat planning to move to Medellin, you should look into Laureles, Envigado, El Poblado and Palmas.
#Anonymous on Jan 27, 2019 :
Visa lawyers will tell you their success rates of how easy it is to get a retirement visa for Colombia.But they won't mention TAXES.
#Anonymous on Jan 27, 2019 :
Here's some additional factual information.If you own a house in another country or business in another country you'll be taxed accordingly upon the value of your house and also the annual gross procedes of your business abroad.That's in the Colombian government statute as well.FYI Medellin is a vibrant modern city so enjoy your stay there.As I mentioned priorly don't stay past the 183rd day in Colombia unless you want to pay heavy taxes, good luck.
#Anonymous on Jan 27, 2019 :
Rent price for a one bedroom apartment city center should be $500 USD monthly scantly furnished.To those of you who are thinking about retiring in Colombia regardless of which country you come from remember these very IMPORTANT FACTS!!! After the 183rd day of residing in Colombia 19% to 33% of your retirement pension will be taxed depending upon the amount of pension you receive annually.On the 184th day you reside in Colombia your retirement pension annually will be taxed.Here's an example.$18,000 USD × 27% = $4,860 taxes owed to the Colombian Colombia has an international tax treaty with the U S Canada the UK and even throughout Aisa.If you think you can skip out and not pay taxes owed think again.The Colombian government can garnish your pension until the tax amount is satisfied no matter where you are.I'm a retired international tax lawyer and I keep up with international tax laws.I'm not giving advice but instead factual current information.Whenever I visit Colombia which is rare I only stay 3 or 4 months to prevent taxation on my pension.
#Anonymous on Jan 19, 2019 :
To Esteban R, Cocaine was throughout Colombia before Pablo Escobar was even sperm.Unfortunately Colombians insist on blaming things on everyone else except themselves.Colombia will always be a 3rd world country with a 3rd world mindset minus any progression.
#Esteban R on Jan 10, 2019 :
Medellin is a good small Colombian city to live as long as you don´t get in troubles, most of foreign people who had troubles there was because they were looking for "easy" girls, weed-cocaine-drugs, offended local people, visited conflicted neighborhoods (castilla, Comuna 13, Aranjuez, Medellín´s Downtown), didn´t take care of their belongings.If you are planning to travel there my advice is you must pay a good hotel or hostal at Poblado, Laureles, Estadio, Los colores(neighborhoods) where you can find bedrooms by 40US$/night, if you are planning stay there more than 3 months my advice is rent an apartment in those last neighborhoods (around 400-450 US$ / month), with 23 US$ / day you can eat in a good restaurant, there are a few small cities close to Medellin called Envigado, Sabaneta, La estrella, Caldas (south) where you can make tourism, rent apartment, get a hotel similar prices to Medellín, you can transport through Medellín buying one Metro (train) Ticket which cost around 0.80 US$/ticket, advice, don´t use it between 6am-8.30am and 5pm-8pm because it is full of local people which use it to travel their homes from their jobs, better use taxi it cost around 0.60US$/km (2.9km minimun distance). Most of locals hate Pablo Escobar because that guy brought poverty, war, death, pain,to that city, actually that society tries to forget all those pain and continuously work to overcome the past. you must be cautious when walking through the city, because there is a few person dedicated to theft, and they know that foreigners are an easy target for this reason try to don´t show lot of money in public and use cameras just in close and safe buildings. Bye
#Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019 :
Medellin is over priced and over hyped in general. Heavy polution and violence are the real offerings Medellin has to offer truth be known day or night.I lived in Medellin almost six years.I also lived in Ibague, and Perira for two years at each city as well.Only upside was cheaper to live and no polution to speak of.Although I've never used drugs in my life cocaine is prevelant outwardly never hidden day or night either even in the nicest neighborhoods where I lived.Although I never mentioned Pablo Escobar the locals filled me in on his history in Colombia.Cocaine was throughout Colombia before Pablo Escobar was born.This has nothing to do with prices but yet an honest overview.No matter where anyone is in the world there'll always be problems.Many men go to Colombia for the women, they're over hyped too unless you're into plastic butts etc.I retired in Eastern Europe instead not saying it doesn't have it's problems but at least it's not cocaine alley like the majority of Colombia is.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2018 :
Hi guys I also am wondering about health care. What are average costs and do you need to be citizen, or can tourist/resident have their own doctor here, etc?

Thank you all for your answers.
#Anonymous on Apr 30, 2018 :
I'm currently going thru due diligence stage prior to locating in Medellin in 1 year. I would appreciate any current feedback on lifestyle, cost of living and healthcare as I am diabetic. Medicare and healthcare with meds in the U.S. has gotten ridiculous!
#Paul on Mar 08, 2018 :
I planning to move to Medellin in October,2018.i have a Colombian national who will share rents and household costs. This person is well situated and connected. I am looking for current information on renting a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom furnished apartment hopefully in a very good area on.the outskirts of Medellin. We are currently doing our own.indivdual.research.any help is greatly appreciated.thank.you
#Robert Gillies on Dec 30, 2017 :
I am presently in Medellin and have been here 6 times. The items you choose to make comparisons are a bit crazy. Why would you for example be concerned about the price of Levis in Medellin when they manufacture their own blue jeans and are available for as low as $5? It is invalid to compare the price of a dozen eggs when they cost half as much per dozen when you buy a tray of 30 eggs. Rents vary tremendously. I am renting short term rental a furnished 2 bedroom apartment for $750 a month in Laureles. That includes electricity, internet, etc. Of course if you are staying for a long time you can save money by renting an unfinished apartment. About half I would imagine but you would have to buy furniture. The place I am renting even has a small automatic washing machine with a clothes rack above it to dry your clothes. Very handy. The supermarkets have specials. I bought a 6 pk of Tecate beer imported from Mexico for $2.50 in Exito for example. I have been living in Panama for the past 17 years and I can say for certain that Colombia is cheaper than Panama on most but not all items. Taxis, groceries and restaurants are definitely cheaper. The culture is better in Colombia. People are more educated. Being fluent in Spanish really helps a lot in Colombia.
#Dave on Dec 21, 2017 :
I agree with William that the rent prices are way off. Here's a link to the most accurate rental prices I could find: https://medellinguru.com/apartment-rental-costs-medellin.
#William Beilstein on Aug 03, 2016 :
The rent is way off. If you want to live like a low middle class colombian in a so so part of town then 300 dollars per month but i am sure you dont want that. For a westerner a two bedroom apartment in a middle class hood for 600 - 800 dollars but if you want the nice part of town in Poblado it will be at least 1000 dollars. And is AIRBNB then 1300 dollars and up. Been going there for 12 years so i know a little bit about Medellin. 600 - 1200 dollars per month should work.
#Paulina on Mar 31, 2016 :
Hey Ian, someone who lives in the Santo Domingo area probably earns not above 800 thousand Colombian pesos, that is at march 2016 rate about 250 US dolars a month
#Mark on Mar 16, 2016 :
Christopher and Raymond are both right. Raymond's comment was made in 2013, when the exchange rate was much less favorable. Since then, it has gone from about 1800 to 3200. Christopher's assessment of Poblado prices are correct in 2016. One bedroom furnished in Poblado for less than $600 US is very doable.
#ian on Feb 20, 2016 :
hey guys, i am returning to medellin next month. Last time i met a couple great kid(20ish) who took us around and showed us a really good time in the lower strata neighborhoods, also kept us safe in the south during some fantastic National games. Just wondering if anyone knows the approximate "income" of someone living in the Santo Domingo area. I know they are poor but just want it put in context. Hoping to bring them a gift this time and it will help in determining what might be appropriate
#Christopher on Jan 23, 2016 :
i'm gonna go ahead and disagree with Raymond. you can live in a high end neighbor hood for a very low price i paid 550USD a month to rent a one bedroom 1 bath that was furnished in El Poblado.it included wifi and cable and a land line. my building did not have a pool. and was a 10 min walk to parque llears with is the happening area with bars restaurants and clubs. i was only about 4 min walk to el carulla las palmas which has a ton of great restaurants in the plaza and it was where i ate most every day. really the best area of the city. there are however much nicer modern buildings with much higher price tags. in general the prices to own or rent are much lesser then anywhere in the USA and western Europe. and adminastartion fees are very inexpensive in comparison to the USA. also you don't really need air conditioning in Medellin because of the year round sping like weather so you dont incur large electricity bills. also on dining out for a steak dinner better then say the outback in the USA that would cost 30 dollars you will probably pay 12-18 dollars. they have a chain called pizza double that makes a higher quality pizza then say a papa johns or dominos more like pizza express in the UK and the deliver if you order off their cell phone app 2 medium pizzas with 1 topping for like 6 dollars 19900 cop. this is quality too not compareable to like crap little ceasers or something and delivery included although i usually tip the delivery man 2000 pesos like 60 cents. the only things that are not cheaper then the USA are name brand clothing and electronics. taxis to the airport in rionegro which is like a 35-40 min drinve are about 20$ usd. and short trips in a cab are like 4 dollars

if you want to live the high life best part of town and dinning out regularly i would say you need free and clear 1500 usd to 2000usd a month. if you don't mind not living in an exclusive area you can do it for much less. i have seen nice 2 and 3 bedroom places available for 200-300 usd a month but in areas i personally wouldn't enjoy living. however if the very simple things in life make you happy and you don't mid really noisy neighbors you can live well on like 600- 1000 usd in medellin but keep in mind its difficult to get a rental contract in medellin without having a cedula or nacional id of medellin also next to impossible to turn on utilities with out that. so with out a local friend or connection getting into a really low rent situation will be difficult but not impossible. the average colombian makes like 350 -450$usd working full time. so most are forced to live with family some of my friends live in small 3 bedroom apartments with 4 adults and 3 or 4 children.
i have been to many places in europe and all over north america also spent time in japan. there is no place that can match the quality of city living for the cost as medellin. most people are extremely polite and friendly. if ou like sports there is like 4 top league pro football/soccer teams in the area. they have many casinos if thats your thing endless amounts of restaurants , museums tons of events shows and concerts. plus year round perfect weather there is a huge park called parque arvi that you take the metro cable too and you are in wilderness heaven cost like 5 bucks to get there and in the park on the metro and includes an amazing ride up the mountain in the metro cable. there is not much golf most of the clubs are private you you have to pay annual fees to enjoy the greens. but it is available a few touristy places not from from the city. the main thing i would recommend if your planing on staying there more then just a sightseeing trip is that you know how to communicate in Spanish.
#Anonymous on Aug 08, 2015 :
can i live upper middleclass on 3500 a month single man?