Cost of Living in Medellin

Summary about cost of living in Medellin, Colombia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15,000.00 Col$ 10,000.00-26,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70,000.00 Col$ 50,000.00-127,621.49
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18,000.00 Col$ 13,950.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4,000.00 Col$ 2,500.00-7,292.66
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8,000.00 Col$ 5,000.00-18,231.64
Cappuccino (regular) 4,314.36 Col$ 2,000.00-8,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,782.75 Col$ 2,000.00-4,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,365.64 Col$ 1,500.00-3,646.33
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9,028.32 Col$ 7,003.01-13,627.49
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,811.88 Col$ 1,533.14-6,615.79
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,576.44 Col$ 725.75-3,307.90
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,373.24 Col$ 3,600.00-7,292.66
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4,321.60 Col$ 1,814.37-9,616.17
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6,530.46 Col$ 3,175.15-9,933.68
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7,853.48 Col$ 4,535.93-15,898.43
Apples (1 lb) 3,378.66 Col$ 1,360.78-4,535.93
Banana (1 lb) 1,019.65 Col$ 521.63-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 2,310.25 Col$ 816.47-4,535.93
Tomato (1 lb) 1,840.86 Col$ 816.47-3,401.95
Potato (1 lb) 1,483.87 Col$ 544.31-2,676.20
Onion (1 lb) 1,441.15 Col$ 907.19-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,493.67 Col$ 1,000.00-4,600.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,926.10 Col$ 1,500.00-5,469.49
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 32,500.00 Col$ 19,000.00-40,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,606.02 Col$ 1,969.70-5,700.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,852.72 Col$ 3,600.00-10,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7,900.00 Col$ 6,000.00-10,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,400.00 Col$ 2,200.00-2,650.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98,000.00 Col$ 54,694.93-170,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,500.00 Col$ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4,023.36 Col$ 2,253.08-8,851.39
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25,000.00 Col$ 12,000.00-30,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,658.19 Col$ 8,200.00-11,356.24
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 66,000,000.00 Col$ 45,000,000.00-83,490,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 73,875,903.92 Col$ 70,000,000.00-76,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 210,896.62 Col$ 150,000.00-326,923.08
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 156.82 Col$ 100.00-200.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 111,291.53 Col$ 78,846.00-182,316.42
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 75,043.44 Col$ 59,000.00-100,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31,636.36 Col$ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14,500.00 Col$ 10,938.99-20,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 566,190.48 Col$ 350,000.00-1,100,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,576,470.59 Col$ 8,400,000.00-21,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 167,814.18 Col$ 72,926.57-230,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 97,434.13 Col$ 60,000.00-150,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 268,702.38 Col$ 180,000.00-350,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 238,717.31 Col$ 150,000.00-320,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,124,455.22 Col$ 700,000.00-2,500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 979,516.02 Col$ 600,000.00-1,536,979.91
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,724,526.57 Col$ 1,200,000.00-3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,643,452.55 Col$ 1,100,000.00-3,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 354,900.01 Col$ 232,255.67-510,962.47
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 406,539.44 Col$ 325,157.93-557,413.60
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,188,631.80 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.83 8.00-12.00

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Anonymous on Sep 17, 2020:
Anon3 I've only got a tourist visa and extended it never a residence visa for this reason. Even if someone has a residence visa and leaves before the 183rd day they are still classified as a resident.They could return two years later and think they're ok but once anyone has a residence visa once the 183rd day is reached say 130 days 2 years ago and came back. In 53 days they would accumulate 183 days. Agencies that get resident visas never tell anyone about DIAN procedures but agencies should be bound by law of revealing it because many are blindsided unfortunately.

Sofia
Anonymous on Sep 17, 2020:
Anon3 Leaving for one week was a typo btw.

Sofia
Anonymous on Sep 17, 2020:
Well Anon3 I have non residence status because I only stay in Colombia 160 days per year Many think they can leave Colombia for several days and it reverts back like starting from the beginning but it doesn't. Any accumulation of 183 days per year does make anyone a tax resident regardless.For example let's say someone arrives in Colombia on October 1st stays 3 months then another 3 months and 3 days the following year.DIAN recognizes split years as counting towards the 183 day rule. Regardless of if someone has a tourist visa and extends it the same rules apply. Many who visit Colombia from abroad automatically assume the roll over year starts again until they get hit with a large tax bill from DIAN Furthermore once the 183rd day occurs a person will be taxed for the entire year on their income whether they're pensioners or not. I'm an international tax lawyer but it doesn't take a degree to figure it out. DIAN plays it this way to throw people off. I've never owed anything in taxes.I hope this has enlightened you on tax regs.

Sofia
Jeff on Sep 12, 2020:
Does anyone know the cost of getting a whole mouth of dental implants in USD?

Thanks
Anon3 on Sep 04, 2020:
Anon, are you SURE you leaving for a week exempts your retirement from taxes? You had better check with a TAX LAWYER or you could be in for a world of hurt if you are wrong. I am pretty sure the days you mentioned refers to TOTAL days stayed in the country during a calendar year, not days stayed in a row. I am not positive but look into it and be SURE.

I was also under the understanding that you are either granted a resident status or not, I am assuming you intentionally never got resident status? if you did receive resident status don't assume it just magically changes to nonresident status depending on your data in the country. It is true you can lose your resident status being away too much but things take time, you may assume you lost it but still be listed as a resident.

But it sounds like you are essentially living there full time, I would bet that you owe a lot of money and just have been lucky and not been caught yet.
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2020:
Current exchange rate $1USD =3,497.189 Colombian pesos as of July 14,2020.The dollar goes far throughout Colombia now.Just some honest information for retirees thinking about retiring in Colombia.
Few people know what DIAN is in Colombia,but they should. DIAN is the tax authority. Colombia does tax all retirement pensions abroad regardless of the country. Taxes start at 19% and max out at 38% depending upon the amount of retirement pension each year.The 183 day rule applies staying in Colombia.I normally stay 180 days then leave Colombia for one week then return to be classified as a non-resident so I'll never pay taxes on my retirement pension.Many people don't know if you're in Colombia on the 183rd day at 12:01pm you'll have to pay taxes for the entire year.I've been retired in Medellin almost 15 years now. Hopefully this honest information helps someone. Have a nice day.

Sofia
Common sense on Feb 11, 2020:
Anon, just because you are dumb and got scammed does NOT mean everything is "insanely expensive". You getting swindled has no effect on local prices in Colombia.

Costs are low, stop lying.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2019:
Living in any country receiving U S disability is considered fraudulent,due to the fact the U S disability board only covers recipients while residing only in the U S. Imprisonment of up to 5 years and a $250,000 fine and normally both.Two U S citizens I know lived in Colombia receiving disability via wiring money they received each month from their relatives.The relatives involved in the wire transfers and recipient living in Colombia were charged with fraudulent activities doing prison time and paying$250,000 fines.FYI the U S and Colombia has many agreements extradition is just one of them.
puff on Jul 20, 2019:
The information about living in another country while receiving US disability is just plain wrong. I receive SSDI with no problem living in Medellin
Juan on Jul 07, 2019:
#marty - my full endorsement on las tres cordilleras! I was in Cartagena a month ago and got served this one at a club...it had a nice kick, tasted good!
Marty on Jun 17, 2019:
Now what I WILL bitch about is the beer. Beer in Colombia is consistently low-test: 4 or 5%. Wines tend to run 10.5-12%, even Cabs. Antioquia slaps on a Depto alcohol tax that runs up prices a bit. The cheapest wines seem to run 18550/liter ($5.50 or so). Even the "artisanal" beers tend to be low test and deficient in body, malt character and hopping to US tastes. The best I've found is Tres Cordilleras, which runs about 17000 a 3-pack (~$1.70/bottle. It has a suggestion -- but just a suggestion -- of actual flavor, but little body. The strongest "IPA" is maybe 6.4 abv, deficient in hopping, and would be considered a session beer in the States. There has to be some reason for this, since it is no minor feat to set up a brewery, bottling operation & distribution. Maybe it's just the local tastes. The majority of what's sold in CO, as in most tropical r island locales, is "fizzy yellow beer." And don't get me started on Panamanian artisanals. I swear they add quinine to boost the bitterness. Never has a hops plant been grown with piercing bitterness that lasts 5 minutes.
Marty on Jun 17, 2019:
Gasoline is sold by the US gallon in CO. Prices for corriente (regular) run 9-10,000 COP. Less in Medellin, more in the country.
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
# Joseph B. After answering your question about living in Colombia for under 183 days I noticed you mentioned you receive U S disability.You cannot live in any country including Colombia and receive disability payments from the U S.The first time you swipe your debit card in any other country it'll red flag your disability payments account and you won't receive them anymore.I believe the U S government calls it fraudulent use,the correct term.
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.