Cost of Living in Merida

Summary about cost of living in Merida, Mexico:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 136.05 MXN 70.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 MXN 500.00-2,264.62
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 125.00 MXN 100.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 55.00 MXN 21.00-70.77
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 67.50 MXN 42.46-90.00
Cappuccino (regular) 62.71 MXN 35.00-110.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 17.57 MXN 11.00-37.74
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.85 MXN 10.00-20.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 94.38 MXN 71.92-113.56
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 32.12 MXN 18.14-47.17
Rice (white), (1 lb) 10.21 MXN 6.35-18.14
Eggs (regular) (12) 30.53 MXN 22.80-35.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 64.11 MXN 31.75-181.44
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 46.72 MXN 24.49-58.51
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 136.19 MXN 34.47-244.94
Apples (1 lb) 21.68 MXN 15.42-29.44
Banana (1 lb) 9.07 MXN 4.54-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 12.31 MXN 6.80-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 11.62 MXN 3.18-15.88
Potato (1 lb) 10.32 MXN 5.90-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 13.79 MXN 9.07-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 19.12 MXN 12.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 17.14 MXN 12.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 165.00 MXN 100.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 26.57 MXN 16.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 46.88 MXN 24.00-75.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 70.00 MXN 60.00-70.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 MXN 7.50-10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 MXN 300.00-900.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 MXN 25.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 35.00 MXN 16.09-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 MXN 150.00-152.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 85.86 MXN 75.90-90.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 240,160.48 MXN 230,000.00-345,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 331,886.18 MXN 320,000.00-365,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,331.40 MXN 950.00-2,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.33 MXN 0.99-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 587.33 MXN 389.00-943.59
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 466.67 MXN 300.00-900.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 166.67 MXN 150.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 MXN 79.00-150.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,640.00 MXN 1,500.00-8,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 69,050.00 MXN 54,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,187.09 MXN 750.00-1,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 738.59 MXN 500.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,541.43 MXN 943.59-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,280.00 MXN 1,000.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 8,549.58 MXN 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,412.33 MXN 3,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 17,071.43 MXN 6,500.00-27,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,542.56 MXN 8,000.00-18,871.80
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,783.72 MXN 1,207.73-3,623.19
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,106.34 MXN 1,415.37-4,273.50
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 11,356.41 MXN
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.90 6.00-16.00

Prices in Merida

This city had 284 entries in the past 12 months by 42 different contributors.
Last update: January 2023
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6 Comments so far
Meridian on Jun 01, 2022:
Merida is now the 2nd Most Expensive City in Mexico to live in.
Additionally, Real-estate prices and construction costs have risen upwards of 30% over the last 2 years.

The immense influx of people from other parts of Mexico and the World, who have made Merida their home over the last 5 years is partly to blame for this.

While it continues to be the "Safest City in Mexico", crime does exist and it is simply and strategically not widely reported.

Yucatecans tend to be quite territorial and xenophobic towards those who have moved here from other somewhere else, particularly from other parts of Mexico; blaming them for the traffic, rise in cost of living, lack off employment opportunities and rising crime rates.

Nationally speaking, Yucatan consistently ranks in the Top 5 in the following categories in Mexico.
- Obesity
- Alcoholism
- Suicide
Bwg on Mar 28, 2021:
I like to live in Mexico when I'm living in Mexico. Could someone explain this concept to Mr. or Mrs Anonymous.
LR Johnson on Jan 08, 2021:
Price of recently built, three bedrooms, two bathrooms flat, located in quite residential area of Merida, which is close to shopping centers.
Johnny on Dec 23, 2020:
To the anonymous poster. A beer for 35 pesos is $1.75 US. Same as in Mexico City.. A $6 margarita is hardly expensive. Mexico is absurdly cheap, even compared to Guatemala.
Anonymous on Mar 03, 2019:
I have been here in Merida 3 days and in not impressed at all. I've lived in Thailand and several other Mexican cities.

Streets just 4 blocks from Centro have a lot of trash. I've been eating in tourist resteraunts and a domestic beer is NOT 25 pesos.. So far 35 to 47 pesos each. A simple margarita was 120 pesos! Meals are crazy prices . 300 pesos! Few coffee shops.

So for comparing tourist areas of Merida to Mexico city.. Mazatlan.. Puerto Vallarta.. and Querétaro. Merida is far more expensive. very dissapointed
Ryan on Feb 28, 2019:
Linda, with 1400 USD per month you can live quite well in Merida. I live here on about 700 dollars per month and I rent a whole property with a small house in a good part of town.

Merida is very safe, especially in the northern half of the city. I've gone out with a friend at 2am and walked the streets and not once did I worry for my safety. You can see families at all hours of the night playing in parks and having fun, and parents let their kids run around without worrying. I always walk to the store near my house to do shopping, and I usually leave after dark because it's very hot during the day. I walk back carrying all of my groceries during the night. You can get an Uber pretty much anywhere for less than 10 bucks.

Keep in mind that most people in Mexico won't speak any English. And society is much different than the US, so you will have to learn a lot and adjust. The first couple of months may be stressful. You need to find some English speaking friends and it will make your life much easier. But the food here is very natural and healthy, the people are lively, the city is safe, the scenery and wildlife are beautiful. I have to return to the US and start working again and I'm really not looking forward to it.