Cost of Living in San Jose

Summary of cost of living in San Jose, Costa Rica:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,500.00 ₡ 3,500.00-9,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 32,501.50 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5,000.00 ₡ 4,500.00-5,143.75
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,800.00 ₡ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2,700.00 ₡ 1,543.13-3,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,671.49 ₡ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 925.88 ₡ 700.00-1,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 667.89 ₡ 514.38-1,500.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,766.23 ₡ 2,839.06-4,542.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1,229.40 ₡ 725.75-1,451.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 542.72 ₡ 408.23-907.19
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,706.03 ₡ 920.00-2,469.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,984.47 ₡ 1,166.59-3,628.74
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2,096.73 ₡ 1,133.98-2,721.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3,078.95 ₡ 2,041.17-3,628.74
Apples (1 lb) 1,222.29 ₡ 680.39-2,041.17
Banana (1 lb) 318.45 ₡ 226.80-466.63
Oranges (1 lb) 612.78 ₡ 317.52-1,587.58
Tomato (1 lb) 653.94 ₡ 362.87-780.18
Potato (1 lb) 632.20 ₡ 249.48-712.14
Onion (1 lb) 509.16 ₡ 317.52-680.39
Lettuce (1 head) 575.54 ₡ 370.00-1,028.75
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,116.09 ₡ 514.38-1,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7,500.00 ₡ 5,143.75-9,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1,220.78 ₡ 1,000.00-1,543.13
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1,672.50 ₡ 1,040.00-2,500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2,400.00 ₡ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 450.00 ₡ 400.00-514.38
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 18,728.27 ₡ 10,000.00-20,800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 700.00 ₡ 530.00-935.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,241.71 ₡ 965.61-1,609.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,562.50 ₡ 3,086.25-3,800.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,879.90 ₡ 2,725.50-3,490.15
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,200,000.00 ₡ 14,000,000.00-18,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,663,316.18 ₡ 16,500,000.00-17,410,930.56
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 36,056.95 ₡ 20,000.00-50,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 10,500.00 ₡ 10,000.00-13,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 24,223.40 ₡ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31,609.39 ₡ 15,000.00-51,437.54
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14,982.42 ₡ 10,000.00-15,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4,000.00 ₡ 3,500.00-5,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 190,291.69 ₡ 130,000.00-360,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 5,095,417.47 ₡ 3,600,000.00-7,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42,679.69 ₡ 25,718.77-52,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26,048.96 ₡ 15,000.00-30,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 62,257.31 ₡ 50,000.00-80,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 57,092.20 ₡ 40,000.00-77,156.31
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 335,964.39 ₡ 210,893.07-514,375.40
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 218,221.91 ₡ 150,000.00-308,625.24
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 713,541.89 ₡ 400,000.00-1,285,938.51
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 563,168.16 ₡ 385,781.55-823,000.64
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84,033.98 ₡ 55,741.36-120,772.95
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 63,042.91 ₡ 47,786.64-88,257.15
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 448,402.39 ₡
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.81 7.00-10.00

Prices in San Jose

This city had 315 entries in the past 12 months by 44 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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5 Comments so far
Lorenc on Feb 22, 2023:
Besides the capital San Jose all/most other cities/towns look like townships in U.S.A. (,as of up to now at least.)
It's not even too safe or low cost enough, yet some fools love it there or at least until after some months,
probably bcoz they used to live in worse places. enjoy.
Samuel gillard on Jan 23, 2021:
prices absoultly not right
In 5 years never seen orange for less thab 5$ for one kilo could reach 10$ sometimes
Food are extremly expensive here
Milk , cheese , vegetablea and fruits ,
unless you eat like local " rice and beans for breakfast lunch and dinner" it will cost you 3 times from what will costs in the US
Anonymous on Dec 31, 2020:
Costa Ricais nothing more than an expensive country full of corruption.Several friends from Europe retired in Costa Rica.They were telling me I need to retire in Costa Rica too but I never listened to them. I visited Costa Rica twice but I didn't see anything impressive about the country.Anyone planning on moving to Costa Rica shouldn't do it.
Anonymous on Dec 11, 2020:
The post on April 30

Costa Rica government allowed many in from Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. The idiot is obviously not from Costa Rica or they would know all central American countries are in close proximity plus Nicaragua is infected with MS13 always have been. I lived in Costa Rica as a foreigner until August 2020 in a nice house I personally owned.Oh the Costa Rica government insists all currencies be converted into colon so they can manipulate ie skim to their advantage.DONT EVEN TELL ME COSTA RICA ISN'T FLOODED WITH MS13 the door was wide open for anyone to walk through minus correct vetting.Two foreigners were hacked to death by machetes in their house across the street from me. Shut up you piece of garbage.
Anonymous on Apr 30, 2020:
Please ignore what Anonymous posted on March 01, 2019. They are probably the most arrogant person ever.

Firstly, just because someone is an immigrant to another country, that does not mean they are a gang member. I can't believe this person just claimed that immigrants from Nicaragua are members of gang. I'm honestly ever surprised they're knowledgable enough to know that Nicaragua borders Costa Rica.

And second, the currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón, not the peso. How arrogant and uninformed do you have to be to get that wrong?

People like them make me sick and lose faith in humanity. Stay in the US, no other country should have you. They're way too good for you.