Colombia vs Mexico - Cost of Living Comparison

Colombia Mexico
🚶 Cost of living one person
$548
$713
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1340
$1726
🏠 One person rent
$239
$319
🏘️ Family rent
$409
$559
🍽️ Food expenses
$177
$263
🚐 Transport expenses
$78
$61.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$312
$641
💸 GDP per capita
$5335
$8329
😃 Human freedom index
7.01
6.92
❤️ Life expectancy
77.5
75.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
39
31
🌐 English speaking %
4.2%
13%
🎓 Higher education
78
90
😀 Quality of life
50
48
🏙️ Population
49.1M
125M

The average cost of living in Colombia ($548) is 23% less expensive than in Mexico ($713). Colombia ranked 158th vs 118th for Mexico in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months in Colombia compared to 0.9 months in Mexico. Ranked 91st and 99th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Colombia vs Mexico

We calculate prices for Colombia and Mexico as a population-weighted mean of 50 and 144 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.

Colombia Mexico
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.41
$7.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.1
$22.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.78
$5.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.05
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$1.45
$2.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.61
$0.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$242
$402
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$167
$227
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$441
$705
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$304
$429
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$37.2
$33.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$57.3
$51.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.2
$22.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.56%
11.07%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1510
$1312
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$896
$901
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.57
$0.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.9
$23.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$10.1
$8.64
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.6
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.81
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.74
$1.35
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.65
$1.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.68
$6.33
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.49
$5.49
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.85
$8.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.73
$2.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.7
$1.08
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.19
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.21
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.39
$0.51
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.13
$1.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.2
$10.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.76
$1.19
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.73
$3.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.21
$4.77
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.47
$2.77
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.51
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.19
$1.53
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$19.6
$33.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.11
$3.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.1
$26.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.26
$7.26
👖 Brand Jeans
$40.9
$41.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$60.1
$73
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$155
$200
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3736
$3998

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Cities Comparison in Colombia vs Mexico

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Colombia

City Cost of living Population
Bogota
$679
7.74M
Medellin
$648
2.53M
Cali
$555
2.47M
Barranquilla
$577
1.27M
Cartagena
$799
1.04M
Valledupar
$471
544K
Villavicencio
$411
664K
Soacha
$466
660K
Cucuta
$384
750K
Pereira
$414
591K
Monteria
$486
505K
Bucaramanga
$480
581K
Soledad
$440
456K
Buenaventura
$433
424K
Santa Marta
$537
516K
Ibague
$363
541K
Manizales
$474
434K
Palmira
$391
349K
Armenia
$421
301K
Neiva
$390
353K
Pasto
$405
393K
Popayan
$400
301K
Envigado
$500
229K
Floridablanca
$404
267K
Bello
$402
372K
Sincelejo
$421
287K
Tulua
$393
219K
Duitama
$444
127K
Cartago
$392
211K
Tumaco
$432
213K

In Mexico

City Cost of living Population
Mexico City
$941
8.92M
Ciudad Juarez
$804
1.32M
Tijuana
$913
1.96M
Zapopan
$759
1.48M
Ecatepec de Morelos
$752
1.93M
Guadalajara
$751
1.46M
Monterrey
$886
1.14M
Leon
$662
1.58M
Chihuahua
$691
878K
Puebla
$657
1.43M
Saltillo
$715
864K
Aguascalientes
$581
934K
San Luis Potosi
$743
773K
Hermosillo
$730
856K
Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl
$622
1.08M
Naucalpan
$752
872K
Cancun
$868
889K
Mexicali
$659
1.03M
Cuautitlan Izcalli
$545
531K
Torreon
$577
717K
Merida
$823
892K
Queretaro
$736
626K
Culiacan
$627
808K
Irapuato
$526
593K
Mazatlan
$699
658K
Tlaquepaque
$623
664K
Tlalnepantla
$794
653K
Guadalupe
$714
692K
San Nicolas de los Garza
$796
443K
Apodaca
$697
523K