Costa Rica vs Zambia - Cost of Living Comparison

Costa Rica Zambia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$893
$1000
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2140
$1860
🏠 One person rent
$406
$624
🏘️ Family rent
$639
$701
🍽️ Food expenses
$337
$235
🚐 Transport expenses
$47.8
$79.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$733
$596
💸 GDP per capita
$12141
$985
😃 Human freedom index
8.25
6.82
❤️ Life expectancy
80.5
64.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
58
33
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
16%
🎓 Higher education
75
21
😀 Quality of life
58
33
🏙️ Population
5.21M
17.1M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($893) is 11% less expensive than in Zambia ($1000). Costa Rica ranked 80th vs 66th for Zambia 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 0.6 months in Zambia. Ranked 62nd and 148th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Costa Rica vs Zambia

We calculate prices for Costa Rica and Zambia as a population-weighted mean of 9 and 10 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 Zambia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.87
$4.19
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$32
$17.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.47
$3.43
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$1.1
 Cappuccino
$2.59
$1.79
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.35
$0.83
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$494
$497
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$286
$524
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$749
$633
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$485
$532
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$41.5
$80.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.8
$124
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$37.2
$24.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.09%
19.44%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1476
$8876
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1212
$646
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.78
$1.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$46.5
$48.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.52
$8.44
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.16
$1.26
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.38
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.4
$0.98
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$1.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.32
$1.65
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.89
$11.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.42
$5.09
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.82
$6.56
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.24
$2.22
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.07
$1.17
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.87
$1.92
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.14
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.75
$1.61
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.89
$1.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.15
$0.73
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.46
$1.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.9
$5.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.59
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.67
$2.35
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.08
$6.26
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$2.42
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.24
$1.6
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.86
$1.23
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$42.1
$24
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.57
$2.64
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$56.5
$23.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.2
$7.85
👖 Brand Jeans
$52
$22.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$88.1
$85.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$296
$82.7
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$7083
$10266

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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 Zambia

City Cost of living Population
Lusaka
$732
1.74M
Ndola
$1233
528K
Kitwe
$1228
504K
Kapiri Mposhi
$1168
241K
Kasama
$1156
168K
Chingola
$1117
147K
Livingstone
$1152
137K
Mansa
$1151
129K
Mufulira
$1724
122K
Choma
$1136
122K