Argentina vs Costa Rica - Cost of Living Comparison

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Argentina Costa Rica
🚶 Cost of living one person
$554
$1148
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1409
$2912
🏠 One person rent
$228
$516
🏘️ Family rent
$399
$968
🍽️ Food expenses
$217
$443
🚐 Transport expenses
$34.9
$60.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$478
$881
💸 GDP per capita
$13651
$13365
😃 Human freedom index
6.85
8.04
❤️ Life expectancy
75.4
77
👮 Corruption perceptions index
37
55
🌐 English speaking %
6.5%
8.2%
🎓 Higher education
82
76
😀 Quality of life
53
58
🏙️ Population
47.3M
5.21M

The average cost of living in Argentina ($554) is 52% less expensive than in Costa Rica ($1148). Argentina ranked 163rd vs 58th for Costa Rica in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.9 months in Argentina compared to 0.8 months in Costa Rica. Ranked 78th and 65th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Argentina vs Costa Rica

We calculate prices for Argentina and Costa Rica as a population-weighted mean of 123 and 9 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Argentina Costa Rica
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.27
$9.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$22.3
$47.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.95
$8.87
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$3.02
 Cappuccino
$1.75
$3.67
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.15
$1.7
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$306
$604
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$159
$379
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$458
$1125
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$319
$780
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$24.2
$50.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.9
$78.1
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$16.7
$41.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
30.9%
8.78%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2246
$1782
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1359
$1388
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.28
$0.95
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$12.5
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.39
$13.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.77
$1.44
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.81
$1.98
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.92
$2.3
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.79
$2.11
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.48
$3.29
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.74
$9.44
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.81
$8.53
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.2
$12.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$4.63
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.37
$1.21
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.13
$2.27
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$2.54
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.75
$2.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.83
$2.13
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$1.42
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.67
$2.9
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$3.31
$14.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.99
$2.27
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.92
$4.67
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.45
$6.95
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.58
$7.98
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.09
$3.03
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.52
$3.21
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$16.7
$55.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.98
$6.98
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$26.4
$62.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.15
$13.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$57.5
$79.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$93.3
$116
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$161
$361
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$5314
$11099

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Cities Comparison in Argentina vs Costa Rica

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Argentina

City Cost of living Population
Buenos Aires
$773
3.12M
Cordoba
$599
1.33M
Rosario
$460
1.19M
San Miguel de Tucuman
$484
606K
Santa Fe
$510
406K
Salta
$479
535K
Mar del Plata
$493
593K
Lanus
$657
459K
Quilmes
$717
262K
Merlo
$627
244K
Gregorio de Laferrere
$627
248K
Gonzalez Catan
$621
238K
San Juan
$574
471K
San Salvador de Jujuy
$496
322K
Isidro Casanova
$641
191K
Corrientes
$523
353K
Jose C. Paz
$583
217K
Santiago del Estero
$296
430K
Rafael Castillo
$632
148K
Moreno
$606
172K
Berazategui
$684
181K
Posadas
$344
276K
Bahia Blanca
$440
299K
Rio Cuarto
$436
157K
Moron
$671
99.1K
San Justo
$642
137K
Ramos Mejia
$651
120K
La Plata
$465
193K
Virrey del Pino
$607
156K
Ezeiza
$598
160K

In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1158
342K
Liberia
$1218
67.1K
Limon
$1139
60.7K
Alajuela
$1158
48.3K
Puntarenas
$1016
41.5K
Cartago
$1003
22.8K
Heredia
$1039
19K
Tamarindo
$1463
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$1104
3K