Costa Rica vs Mexico - Cost of Living Comparison

Costa Rica Mexico
🚶 Cost of living one person
$893
$713
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2140
$1726
🏠 One person rent
$406
$319
🏘️ Family rent
$639
$559
🍽️ Food expenses
$337
$263
🚐 Transport expenses
$47.8
$61.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$733
$641
💸 GDP per capita
$12141
$8329
😃 Human freedom index
8.25
6.92
❤️ Life expectancy
80.5
75.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
58
31
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
13%
🎓 Higher education
75
90
😀 Quality of life
58
48
🏙️ Population
5.21M
125M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($893) is 25% more expensive than in Mexico ($713). Costa Rica ranked 80th 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 0.8 months in Costa Rica compared to 0.9 months in Mexico. Ranked 62nd and 99th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs Mexico

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and Mexico as a population-weighted mean of 9 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.

Costa Rica Mexico
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.87
$7.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$32
$22.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.47
$5.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$2.59
$2.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$0.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$494
$402
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$286
$227
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$749
$705
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$485
$429
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$41.5
$33.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.8
$51.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.2
$22.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.09%
11.07%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1476
$1312
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1212
$901
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.78
$0.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$46.5
$23.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.52
$8.64
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.38
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.4
$1.35
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$1.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$1.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.89
$6.33
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.42
$5.49
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.82
$8.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$2.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$1.08
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$1.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.19
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$1.21
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.15
$0.51
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.46
$1.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.9
$10.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.59
$1.19
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.67
$3.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.08
$4.77
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$2.77
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.24
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.86
$1.53
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.1
$33.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.57
$3.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$56.5
$26.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.2
$7.26
👖 Brand Jeans
$52
$41.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.1
$73
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$296
$200
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7083
$3998

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Cities Comparison in Costa Rica vs Mexico

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Costa Rica

City Cost of living Population
San Jose
$1001
288K
Limon
$846
60.7K
Liberia
$661
67.1K
Alajuela
$834
48.3K
Puntarenas
$735
41.5K
Cartago
$823
22.8K
Heredia
$723
19K
Tamarindo
$1132
8.14K
Santa Teresa
$837
3K

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