Cost of Living in San Juan

Summary of cost of living in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 $ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 50.00-160.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 $ 2.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.50 $ 3.00-6.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.38 $ 1.25-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.83 $ 1.25-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.65 $ 1.25-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.40 $ 6.00-11.36
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.10 $ 1.81-4.53
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.43-1.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.21 $ 2.00-8.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.05 $ 2.26-9.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.67 $ 2.72-9.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.85 $ 2.72-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.40 $ 0.99-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.79-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.82 $ 1.25-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.01 $ 1.10-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.72 $ 0.69-3.32
Onion (1 lb) 1.29 $ 0.65-2.29
Lettuce (1 head) 2.35 $ 1.25-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.89 $ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.99 $ 15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.32 $ 1.43-3.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 $ 2.00-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.00-11.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 $ 1.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 32.50 $ 25.00-75.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7.50 $ 3.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 $ 1.61-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 25.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.87 $ 3.58-4.43
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00-36,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,611.88 $ 24,995.00-26,500.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 198.29 $ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.01-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.12 $ 49.95-70.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.88 $ 24.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.50 $ 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 $ 8.00-13.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 523.81 $ 400.00-666.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,750.00 $ 10,000.00-13,200.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.50 $ 35.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.50 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.00 $ 59.99-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 117.38 $ 90.00-160.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,052.94 $ 1,200.00-2,750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,378.33 $ 650.00-2,750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,894.12 $ 1,800.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,031.25 $ 1,000.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 317.50 $ 300.00-325.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 225.00 $ 200.00-300.00
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,686.25 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.70 3.25-6.00

Prices in San Juan

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Last update: May 2023
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12 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Very high levels of infections recently throughout Puerto Rico and its growing daily. But it's growing rapidly throughout the world for that matter.Avoid traveling to any islands no matter where they are because it's a recipe for possible infection. It's better to stay at home if possible and order groceries online to be delivered avoiding the crowds just a tip.
Anonymous on Dec 10, 2020:
Puerto Rico, U S no matter where its at anywhere in the world the majority refuse to be civil to each other and I doubt that'll ever change,but it should.Overall politics dictate people's lives and that should never happen either.A handful of politicians in every country in the world use their citizens like puppets to change their thoughts and I believe politicians get off on making people's lives miserable while those politicians live very well on taxpayers money. There's no peace on earth unless we're in the grave.
Anonymous on Nov 14, 2020:
Is it bad that i cried reading these comments...
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019:
I was hopeing the earthquake would break PR in half and drown everyone, maybe next time hopefully.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2019:
Puerto Rico is a cesspool I've lived in San Juan since birth but I'm moving to Boston next month never to return.Theres been alot of negative comments about how mainlanders were treated while visiting and living in Puerto Rico.Their rants are correct and now I've been labeled as a traitor for leaving my country after telling friends and family I wasn't returning.
Anonymous on May 26, 2019:
Don't know why you would #Anon there's alot of mainlanders living in PR expressing there displeasure that's experienced the same treatment from PR in general.The poster on may 15 confirmed the hatred for mainlanders for no reason.Mind your own business
Anon on May 26, 2019:
Why do I get the feeling that all those hate comments are written by the same person.
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
Yep I agree just another Puerto Rican useing the race card, but that's nothing new.
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
Levy a petition before real American citizens to extinguish the Jones Act and see how quickly signatures mount up.While at it the mainland needs to send all of you greasy Puerto Ricans back to your island and renounce all Puerto Ricans citizenship.
Anonymous on May 16, 2019:
I agree with # anonymous comments on May 16,2019 but wanted to add a further overview.In general Puerto Ricans have an axe to grind against anyone visiting or living there for that matter from the mainland.The other poster mentioned PAY TO PLAY which is correct.PAY TO PLAY meaning visitors from the mainland will pay almost double for anything and everything.I know because I lived in PR for almost 12 years then I left.There's nothing nice about Puerto Ricans, such a lie how the other poster painted it.Scammers abound in Puerto Rico especially if you're from the mainland.Puerto Ricans give absolutely no respect to any mainlanders another big lie.I've eaten at many restaurants over the years prices displayed but the prices were never the same for me but much less for Puerto Ricans.Here's a prime example.I compared my cost for the same meal with a Puerto Rican while at the restaurant.I brought the difference of 35% more my exact same meal cost was verses a Puerto Rican.Before the other person left the restaurant I asked if I could have his reciept he said sure.I confronted the manager of the restaurant and showed her the same meal on the receipt the other person had.She informed me there's an upcharge for mainlanders, everywhere's like that.I didn't argue but instead paid 35% more for the same meal.Puerto Ricans are just lowlifes riding on mainlanders freebee's given to them especially citizenship.I moved to Domician Republic where I live now. I pay the same for everything like locals do in Domician Republic.So you can stop lieing because I know better.
Anonymous on May 15, 2019:
To all the racist gringos commenting here: We Puerto Ricans are very glad that you had a bad time on the island. To the rest of the gringos thinking about moving to the island: Please do your research before making such important decision. Most of you just move like it's no big deal and then go back home crying to your mommys because it wasn't the way you wanted. "Too expensive, too humid, a lot of corruption bla bla bla" We're sick of hearing your complaints so let me give you some facts. First of all, you invaded our fkn island and we've been begging that you let us go or at least remove the Jones Act so that we can live like a normal country and not depend on your POS shipping system for everything which is what makes everything more expensive in the first place. Yes, construction is expensive because it's a tropical island which gets hit by hurricanes all the time and therefore we can't have paper houses like you do in the states (at least you can fart in PR and a wall won't blow off). Utilities are more expensive, guess why? Bigo! We are an ISLAND! When was the last time you checked the utility prices in Hawaii??? Also, a simple research would show you that much more money goes back to the states than the one that comes in or why do you think PR has the highest rate of poverty in the US and why do you think none of your presidents has wanted to let us go if we're such a drag??? Lol, silly ignorant gringos. At least we don't have school and church shootings, we are nice people and we're not mentally ill like you are. And we have crooked politicians that are crooked because you gave them an easy playing field which abides to your rules and leaves us in a political limbo where we have all the cons and none of the pros of being a state because we're a colony and we can't even vote for our "president". So let's recap: You gotta pay to play. You want to be in a US territory full of beaches and a tropical forest? It's not gonna be peaches and cream. We give you more money that what you give us. We can't buy our stuff from anyone but you which makes us poor. If you have a redneck/hillbilly mentality stay out of PR or we'll make sure you have a very bad time because we have some of the worst criminals as well. For the rest of you: If you are a smart and kind person, Puerto Rico can be a paradise for you and we'll welcome you with open arms since we're not racist. We just respect people that respect us.
Anonymous on May 08, 2019:
There's nothing Rico about Puerto Rico.Its just an overblown expensive island that's with extremely crooked politicians lining their pockets with mainland dollars nothing more.We left after living in San Juan four years and never looked back.You should do the same.