Cost of Living in Sao Paulo

Summary about cost of living in Sao Paulo, Brazil:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 R$ 18.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 165.00 R$ 100.00-350.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.95 R$ 29.90-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 R$ 6.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.00 R$ 12.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 8.15 R$ 5.00-14.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 5.76 R$ 3.50-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 4.02 R$ 2.00-7.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 17.22 R$ 13.25-24.61
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 6.60 R$ 3.63-15.33
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.24 R$ 1.81-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.38 R$ 5.40-16.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 20.73 R$ 15.42-29.94
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 8.14 R$ 4.54-13.61
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.40 R$ 13.61-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 4.09 R$ 1.81-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 3.27 R$ 1.81-5.44
Oranges (1 lb) 2.61 R$ 1.36-4.08
Tomato (1 lb) 3.40 R$ 1.81-5.90
Potato (1 lb) 2.52 R$ 1.36-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 2.53 R$ 1.36-4.08
Lettuce (1 head) 3.25 R$ 2.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.79 R$ 1.60-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 40.00 R$ 25.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.95 R$ 4.00-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 17.42 R$ 7.99-28.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 R$ 10.00-12.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 R$ 4.40-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 213.90 R$ 170.00-300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 R$ 4.50-8.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 R$ 4.83-11.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 45.00 R$ 33.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 20.07 R$ 18.93-22.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 103,000.00 R$ 85,000.00-120,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 120,333.33 R$ 111,000.00-125,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 337.30 R$ 212.50-800.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.97 R$ 0.20-1.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 125.47 R$ 100.00-150.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 129.27 R$ 60.00-350.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 160.00 R$ 120.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 R$ 25.00-45.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,838.89 R$ 750.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 72,900.00 R$ 21,600.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 248.75 R$ 120.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 166.36 R$ 70.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 316.46 R$ 199.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 271.36 R$ 199.00-400.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,233.33 R$ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,564.71 R$ 1,200.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,531.06 R$ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,182.35 R$ 2,500.00-4,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 859.70 R$ 557.41-1,300.63
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 624.98 R$ 464.51-836.12
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,259.09 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.23 6.00-12.00

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37 Comments so far
Carlos Silva on May 29, 2021:
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are definitely the worst Brazilian cities to live in. The homicide rate is surreal, people kill each other for trivial reasons and there's no "adequate punishment". Not to mention that there's an underworld of criminal factions.

Naturally, if you want to immigrate to Brazil, I suggest researching another city. But keep in mind, this country has big problems like: lack of security, poor education, corruption, drug trafficking, criminal factions, etc.

Now, if you are from a developed country and think about coming here, it'll certainly be your biggest regret.
João on Apr 21, 2021:
I owe an explanation on why it is so.

Brazilians are the ones that make this country hopelessly poor, violent and uneducated.

You can never have as much access to plenty of goods as in more developed countries because prices are staggering high but wages are lamentably low so you will suffer the indignities of poverty unless you are a member of a very restricted elite.

It is one of the most crime-ridden places on Earth. Homicide, burglary, drug trade, corruption at every setting, you name it. It is very easy to get mugged and even killed for the most trivial reasons. For some reason the population is very prone to being selfish, murderous and below any form of honest work.

They are uneducated and thus never forced to use what little brainpower they have. So they are but slightly above unthinking beasts. Whether it is by driving drunk, neighbors making noise for 8 hours straight on a day, or not being able to carry the simplest dialogues, Brazilians will drive you insane.

They are very jealous, envious, insensitive, malicious, arrogant, undisciplined, love idleness, shameless.

It doesn't take much to despair of life if you are forced to live among people so abject and degraded in every sense.
João on Apr 21, 2021:
It would have been better not to be born, or die right at birth, than to be born in Brazil, even in if in Sao Paulo, the least bad of cities.

I am sure half of why I feel like dying everyday is the fact that I was thrown into existence in a place like this. I pray nonstop for a cancer or a stroke that will put an end to my misery.

The land is a huge expanse and rich in resources but it is inhabited by a type of human called Brazilians and they are the ones who will make you wish you could disintegrate into inexistence.

There ARE good ones. But they are few. Very few. A certain city was destroyed because there were less than 10 righteous people in it.

If you have read this far, can I make a request? Pray that I will die soon. Or cheer for me. Whatever it is. I just want to die. Thanks.
Anonymous on Mar 18, 2021:
Comments on anonymous post Mar 16 2021

A mild flu as you call it has killed 286,000 so far in Brazil and the numbers get higher each day. The U S population dwarfs Brazil obviously besides so many immigrants want to move to the U S replacing the dead would be a matter of one month or less.Call it a scamdemic if you like your opinion. The comment about not bowing is your opinion too. But I don't think Brazilians can bow much lower especially since 2021 minimum monthly wage is 1,100 brl and average monthly wage is 1,730 brl.
Live your lives in fear or any other way you choose your choice. Brazil has a fairly large population. What surprises me is the lack of motivation to move ahead financially and not allowing Vietnam to surpass Brazil as they've done already with monthly wages.
Anonymous on Mar 16, 2021:
Brazil is not going to bow to the globalist scamdemic nonsense. Far few deaths than the U.S. with a larger population. It's a mild flu that affects senior citizens and the obese more severely. We are sorry we refuse to live in fear.
Anonymous on Mar 05, 2021:
Hopefully Brazil will continue with its bad economy and high death rates from covid19. Long before the virus showed up infighting was always an issue between neighbors businesses and government throughout Brazil.
Brazilians are self-destructive egotistical arrogant infidels. Actually Brazil cannot get along with any neighboring countries and they don't want to either. Nobody needs to visit from any countries to spread covid19 any worse than it already is,Brazil has done that on their own minus any help from any countries. Massive amounts of Brazilians are dieing daily so hopefully within the next year or two there'll be no Brazilians left.
Paraiso Tropical on Feb 19, 2021:
- The unemployment rate reaches 14.3% and reaches 14.1 million people
- 2020 - Record number of indebtedness and defaults in Brazilian families
- The default rate on loans for the acquisition of real estate fluctuates on average between 1.4% to 2.1%
- More than 4.4 million companies with arrears (55% of companies actively operating)
- The score for the level of Corruption in Brazil - 38 - is higher than the global average and in Latin America
- Brazil has the ninth highest homicide rate in the world, Brazilian rates are five times the world average of homicides
- Brazil still has 11 million illiterates
- Before the pandemic, the country had 52 million people living below the poverty line
- Hat Brazil is a country with one of the highest rates in Taxes (highest number of direct and indirect taxes) and with one of the highest percentages on the Planet (when buying a simple needle we pay 40% taxes)
- 125th position in business environment ranking
- The number 14 position in the tax burden ranking is Brazil. In other words, Brazilians are the people of Latin America who pay the most taxes.
- Return of Well-Being to Society: 30th (last place among the countries with the highest tax burden in the world)
- 99ºin in the human development index
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Now would be an opportune time to buy a house especially since many are cash strapped wanting to sell.We bought a house last month cheap but normally it would've been twice as much.I recommend finding a reputable real-estate agency before visiting Brazil. Look at some houses online and confirm there's no back taxes owed and most importantly there's only one owner.
Andre on Dec 18, 2020:
I am a retired Man, looking to buy a 3 bedroom home between 1700 - 2000 SQF.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
Brazil is nothing more than a broken down dangerous country full of wannabe nothings.
Mohan Kj on May 14, 2020:
The bigest liar in all Brazil is this person (Anonymous) !!!
Jonathan Job on Feb 29, 2020:
#Allikat, you can have a good Life If your employer provide home and School.
AlliKat on Jan 17, 2020:
Would a salary of roughly 2200USD monthly be sufficient for a family of 4 (apartment, insurances and school tuition provided by employer) for a good quality of life and a small amount of savings?
Majd on Jan 15, 2020:
I would like to run a Turkish chicken kebab shop in Sao Paulo. Hoe much do i need roughly?
Matheus on Aug 27, 2019:
If you receive a promise to live here and it's more than 2.000 USD Dollar a month then you'll live comfortably here, if you are a single person or have a partner, but no children.
Matheus on Aug 27, 2019:
I was born in São Paulo and lived here my entire life, if you earn more than 4,000R$ a month (which is not hard depending on your profession, I myself work with IT) you can live confortably, but not with luxury. Transport here costs 4,30R$, but if you take a bus (4,30) and then the metro, the metro will cost (2,96), and if you take a bus within 2 hours from the first one it'll be for free.
Food here is really expensive, a normal mc donalds combo is around 30R$+. Housing is also expensive.
Anon on Jul 21, 2019:
#Ali It depends on your lifestyle. I recently landed on my first job, therefore I can't tell too much what it is like to live alone, and pay bills. Although, from I could Gather info from my experience. It depends on your lifestyle you are used to, if you are economic, have a long-term financial plan, invest on the stock market over here; then, sure you can live comfortably.

If you had a lavish lifestyle where you lived, then you probably should ask your wife to work for the monthly wager. Because things can get really expensive if you want to live a first-world style (taxes on foreign products are the killers around here), and a good education for your children is no laughing
matter for your bank account.So, you need to make some sacrifices if come here; and be mindful, the rich life-style over here (considering HDI, Human Development Index), it's the middle lifestyle of the USA (dunno where you are from, just made a personal comparison to exemplify how "poor" we are to other "big name countries").

Hope this helps.

TL;DR: It depends on your lifestyle.
Ali on Jul 20, 2019:
Hello nice people from Brasil.I am going to make a decision to live with my wife and two children (10 % 12 years old) in Sao Paolo. My Salary would R$ 8,377.50 per month in food research institute. Is the salary sufficient for me and my whole family for two years? Thanks for your help and guidance.
Edo on Jun 23, 2019:
Hello, I am a young man and I was living in Sao Paulo since I was born, I am exausted of living here and I am making plans to moveout, the city is horrible. The average salary for a common job is R$1,200. You will not find a rasonable place to rent for less than 700, away from city center. Next to the center the rents are next to R$2000... Eletricity and water bills are expensive, you will expend at least R$100-200 on Eletricity if it just a couple, and a minimum R$50-100 on water. Transportation is expensive too, a single ticket for metro or bus cost R$4,30 and probably you will need to buy twice because the transportation system is not well connected, it is overcrowded and nothing confortable, R$20,00 daily to go and come back, R$300 monthly. It is an absurd, I was using only bicycle, it is better because traffic jams here steal too many time and life quality, gas here is expensive too, up to R$4,00 a liter, it cost R$150 to fill a tank. To eat is expensive too, 1kg of med quality meat - around R$20,1 liter of milk - R$4,1 dozen of eggs - R$5,2 liter coca-cola - R$8
On supermarket it is normal you almost have an heart attack, you take a few things and pay a huge bill, a purchase of R$100-200 should be enought for just a week(if it a couple).
eat out? Clothes? Fun? Really expensive too. A common single meal at a low-cost restaurant cost around R$20, a mc donalds combo around R$30, a Pizza, R$30-70. To a mid restaurant R$50-100 per person. A brand tshirt at least R$70, a brand jeans at least R$90, a brand pair of shoes R$100-400. A brand sunglasses R$120-600. A ticket to Cinema R$15-50, a liter of low quality beer R$12, the entrance of a nighclub R$20-100... most people on here are struggling to survive, there's no quality of life, theres rude people everywhere, 20 millions, on sp and neighbours citys, the city is dirty, ugly and stinky. You need at least R$6000 net income to life here in couple without luxury, do not move to here! Child school? Around R$1000 monthly, school transportation? Around R$300. A taxi race, at least R$30... Theres a shit river in middle of city and the city infrastructure is faling apart, bridges and viaducts are nearly of colapse, theres concrete everywhere the streets are confuse and not planned, theres a lot of crime and drug abuse, it is not a good place for children, even the police is corrupt, facist and homicidal. There are public services but most of then have a horrible quality and does not suppress the demand. The beach is near but you will not spend less than R$150 to arive there on car. Politicians just worry about themselvs, the people are ignorant and can't vote right, they believe everything it is said on globos national news and fantastico. The quality of life in sao Paulo is terrible do not leave where you are... It is really hard to be happy here, the people become drugs and alcohol addict, or get depressed, or run to religions and churchs... there's a lot of people to know and a lot of job and study opportunities, but I don't known if it worth, life quality is really bad and cost of life really expensive.
I hope have helped you, good luck
Anonymous on Jun 19, 2019:
I think he meant to say "if born baby get cold right?" Would be more obvious than assuming he's selling his baby..... (smh)
Anonymous on May 13, 2019:
#Ali It's illegal to sell children anywhere in Brazil.If you try that you and your wife will be in prison for 25 years without parole plus pay a fine of one million USD each to the Brazilian government,it's strictly forbidden." WHAT A LOWLIFE PERSON YOU AND YOUR WIFE ARE "
ali on May 12, 2019:
What hospital in Brazil is cheap for delivery?
  Which city is cheap rent and cheap?
ali on May 12, 2019:
Hello , I live in Iran. we are going to Brazil with my wife. I want to give birth to Brazil for a decent price. I do not need a vaccine. after born baby get sold right?
Anonymous on May 04, 2019:
#Anand FYI that's $13,000 USD per month per villa and that's just the rent nothing else included.
Anonymous on May 04, 2019:
# Anand I've lived in Sao Paulo all of my life here are up to date costs honestly for what you requested.$4,000 USD apartment, utilities $600 USD high end school $1,200 usd,$150 medium priced restaurant per month,$600 usd food at home,$150 movie expenses,$600 taxi transport,bus transportation $300. These prices are all per month.Sao Paulo and Barcelona are the most expensive areas of Brazil.For the most part Brazil is very expensive.It'd cost you a minimum of $7,500 to $8,000 USD per month for the lifestyle you described.I have two villas I rent for $13,000 USD per month to foreigners.Hope my honesty helped you.
Anand on May 01, 2019:
Dear friends,

I am 50 years old qualified engineer from India and am on the verge of taking a new assignment. The company is Indian having their operations in Sao Paulo too. I have the choice of joining the Indian operations (will get a monthly salary of US $ 4000, in this one can a have a really good life style and also save US $ 2000) or the Brazilian operations. My choice will purely be based on quality of living and saving potential. We are a family of three, child is school going and nine years old. Please help me out with following approximate monthly expenses.

1. Apartment rent (city area, good locality, 80-90 sqm area)
2. Ulility charges
3. Schooling expenses, really a top end school
4. Eating out, once a week, four times a month
5. Food expenses at home
6. Movie expenses, four times a month
7. Public transport

I shall be grateful and highly obliged if somebody can help. Thanking you in advance.
Anonymous on Mar 14, 2019:
Brazil currency is screwed nothing is cheap RACHAEL is right 1,881 R$ no way in city center
Rachael on Feb 08, 2019:
average rent 1881 R$ in city center??? maybe without condominio or in a very fucked up building. These datas are not accurate.
Mikael on Jan 19, 2019:
Hey. Is 3700BRL a month enough money for food, public transportation and a phone plan for a single person in SP? Will I live comfortably with this amount?
XxEvianxX on Jun 05, 2018:
After my graduation in linguistic mediation (languages),
I would like to move to Brazil and look for a job as a teacher! Is it a good deal?
J on May 20, 2018:
If you’re planning to live in Sao Paulo, please dont do it. You will regret for the rest of your life. Stay where you are right now, it’s probably better.
Me as a brazilian born and raised in sao paulo, dont recommend, in fact im trying to move to another country. Brazil is over.
Doug Oliveira on Dec 04, 2017:
We are facing in Brazil a harsh political situation, economic breakdown and market volatility. If you plan to come soon please, rethink your prospects regarding your lifelong goals. The government is crashing us hard, with previdentiary refit and new brazilian labor (out)law reform. (more or less changed during the course of acceptance in the senate:

Pay attention, also, to the fact that the criminality has escalated on a surge rate due to the massive unemployability rate.

The worst of all this, is the fact that our science and technology fund system has been collapsed:

So, forget to do R&D here, don't get fooled by despaired hiring staff's seeking mad for workforce all the world around. Cheers!
David on Oct 14, 2017:
The 7000 reais is **not a net income from Oct.7 post.
In dollar is $1768 US dollars per month is middle to lower middle class lifestyle. To be living blocks away from even more crime than what is the norm is likely, thus, be alert of location of where your 4 month life is going to be.

Negotiate more than this amount before taxes. São Paulo
is first world/developed city for 2 million people. The other 11 million are struggling as in comparison of New Delhi.
Which IT do you desire to experience? My city in USA pays 37000 Real per month or $11700 US dollars per month. You are worth more than 7000 Reais, forcefully request what you are worth.
PS on Oct 07, 2017:
Does your package include housing? If not, I guess 7.000 reais net salary per month is enough for a decent stay and food, but you won't save any money.

Of corse, it all depends on your hability to manage money and what you consider being "decent", though going out in this city isn't cheap.

Good luck on your stay in Brasil!
Rahul on Sep 21, 2017:
hi, i am an IT guy from India and i have an assignment in SP for the next 4 months. My package is 7000 BReal without taxes. Will i be able to afford decent stay and food during my time of stay here?
will there be enough money to save or will i be spending all my money here?
Medeiros on Jul 15, 2017:
If I were you, I'd think twice before landing in São Paulo.
If you intend to work there as a CEO, manager, supervisor, doctor or a top engineer, your life will be reasonable good. I mean, net salaries over R$6000 are good enough for Brazil. Of course, you'd need to find a rent of max R$2000, which means a working-class neighborhood.
However, social inequality is the main trouble there. Everything is made for the rich ones. I mean, you MUST be rich to make ends meet.
As the rich ones don't care of paying a fortune for anything, the prices are always high.
Everything here is more expensive, including food, although Brazil is the food top producer.
As a result of this inequality, São Paulo is violent. There are many no-go zones, even next to luxurious neighborhoods.
A solution is living in the surrounding cities. But our network transport system is inefficient and overcrowded. Not to say that if you commute by car, our traffic is the worst in Brazil and most drivers are crazy murders and you might be robbed at traffic lights. I forgot to mention that our gas is the worst of the world and one of the most expensive.
If you knew that many people have already left Sao Paulo because living there was not worth, I'd ask for a huge salary. If the employer doesn't want to pay it, you stay at you are. Easy, isn't it?
Unfortunately, the city itself keep the poorest ones away.
Juno on Jun 14, 2017:
The website says the average salary in São Paulo after tax is R$2,247.27. THIS A MASSIVE JOKE! Most (working class) people I know do not make more than R$2000,00 per month. I would say R$1600 is a more realistic number... but never forget loads of people still work under the minimum wage which is currently R$937,00.