Cost of Living in Cartago, Costa Rica

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$858
$2056
🛋️ Without rent
$489
$1526
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$369
$529
🍽️ Food
$330
$853
🚐 Transport
$50.4
$133
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$725
😀 Quality of life
48
🏙️ Population
222K

The average cost of living in Cartago is $858, which is in the top 37% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 5882nd out of 9294 in our global list and 3rd out of 9 in Costa Rica.

The median after-tax salary is $725, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months. Ranked 6156th (TOP 66%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 3rd best city to live in Costa Rica. With an estimated population of 222K, Cartago is the 2nd largest city in Costa Rica.

✈️ Closest airport26 kmTobias Bolanos International Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate15.2 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank740University of Costa Rica
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Prices in Cartago

Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.65
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.43
 Cappuccino
$1.66
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.39
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$278
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$263
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$503
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$377
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$45.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$69.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$57.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.95%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1340
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$690
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.9
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$10
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.08
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.08
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.92
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.94
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.91
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.73
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.32
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.05
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.56
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.69
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.22
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.28
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.32
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.94
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.41
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.74
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.13
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.49
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$51
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$54.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$50.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$118
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$361
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9737

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