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Cost of Living in San Jose

Summary about cost of living in San Jose:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4,185.23 ₡ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25,000.00 ₡ 17,000.00-33,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-5,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,500.00 ₡ 2,000.00-3,200.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,527.08 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 881.60 ₡ 600.00-1,300.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 777.15 ₡ 500.00-1,100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,135.11 ₡ 2,271.25-4,163.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,007.93 ₡ 453.59-1,360.78
Rice (white), (1 lb) 519.57 ₡ 430.91-816.47
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,544.18 ₡ 1,120.00-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,689.63 ₡ 907.19-3,175.15
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2,218.28 ₡ 1,769.01-2,721.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,534.45 ₡ 1,814.37-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 1,096.87 ₡ 589.67-1,360.78
Banana (1 lb) 349.27 ₡ 272.16-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 695.51 ₡ 453.59-1,133.98
Tomato (1 lb) 707.60 ₡ 408.23-907.19
Potato (1 lb) 534.23 ₡ 317.52-725.75
Onion (1 lb) 501.67 ₡ 272.16-907.19
Lettuce (1 head) 528.00 ₡ 350.00-800.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,200.00 ₡ 1,000.00-1,750.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6,000.00 ₡ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 908.33 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,566.67 ₡ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,000.00 ₡ 1,600.00-2,200.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 400.00 ₡ 300.00-500.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 23,000.00 ₡ 22,000.00-30,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 650.00 ₡ 600.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,110.45 ₡ 1,038.03-1,448.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5,500.00 ₡ 3,790.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,379.42 ₡ 2,176.61-2,574.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 13,106,252.50 ₡ 11,000,000.00-14,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 14,859,158.53 ₡ 13,664,000.00-17,873,416.32
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 44,445.28 ₡ 20,000.00-70,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 35.07 ₡ 30.00-40.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 44,489.40 ₡ 25,000.00-70,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35,950.00 ₡ 25,000.00-55,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9,000.00 ₡ 2,500.00-18,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3,150.00 ₡ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 208,838.34 ₡ 125,000.00-300,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,661,565.74 ₡ 3,000,000.00-6,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39,750.00 ₡ 30,000.00-47,662.44
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31,756.68 ₡ 20,000.00-60,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59,255.51 ₡ 45,000.00-100,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 58,711.34 ₡ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 294,297.52 ₡ 200,000.00-400,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 235,752.05 ₡ 150,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 529,828.87 ₡ 400,000.00-893,670.82
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 434,136.19 ₡ 300,000.00-650,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 77,126.95 ₡ 46,451.13-111,482.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 62,381.68 ₡ 39,947.97-96,861.39
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 466,277.78 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.22 8.00-10.15

Prices in San Jose

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Last update: December 2018
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2 Comments so far

#Dan Miller on Jul 19, 2018 :
I cannot see much of a savings living in Costa Rica compared to the US (depending where you live in the US). For all the BS moving to Costa Rica (paper work, etc.). Some of the prices are lower but the bottom line is: "Not that much savings" as advertised. Due to the high crime and the difficulty of the initial move for an American, I don't see a "real savings".
#Glynford Hatfield on Sep 24, 2016 :
A good place to live mostly but it is often dirty and it is much more expensive than it should be. Medellin in Colombia is about half the cost. And it does rain a lot in the rainy season though never all day. It is a bad country for theft and the car drivers are very bad tempered. The women are the best part. Friendly and very attractive.