Costa Rica vs Zambia - Cost of Living Comparison

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Costa Rica Zambia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1148
$804
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2912
$1825
🏠 One person rent
$516
$437
🏘️ Family rent
$968
$735
🍽️ Food expenses
$443
$215
🚐 Transport expenses
$60.5
$94.4
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$881
$246
💸 GDP per capita
$13365
$1457
😃 Human freedom index
8.04
6.21
❤️ Life expectancy
77
61.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
55
37
🌐 English speaking %
8.2%
16%
🎓 Higher education
76
22
😀 Quality of life
58
27
🏙️ Population
5.21M
17.1M

The average cost of living in Costa Rica ($1148) is 43% more expensive than in Zambia ($804). Costa Rica ranked 58th vs 109th 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 0.3 months in Zambia. Ranked 65th and 155th 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
$9.5
$3.34
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$47.4
$24.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.87
$2.93
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.02
$1.01
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$2.07
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.7
$0.85
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$604
$331
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$379
$364
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1125
$616
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$780
$625
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$50.3
$59.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$78.1
$92
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$41.1
$19.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.78%
21.01%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1782
$1963
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1388
$4768
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.95
$1.23
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$45.9
$39.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.5
$9.88
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.44
$1.28
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.98
$1.14
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.3
$0.88
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.11
$2.36
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.29
$1.88
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.44
$6.72
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.53
$4.16
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.1
$5.42
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.63
$2.03
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.21
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.94
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.54
$1.18
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.43
$1.77
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.13
$1.68
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.42
$0.44
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.9
$0.83
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.1
$5.72
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.27
$0.85
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.67
$2.16
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.95
$4.23
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$7.98
$1.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.03
$0.99
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.21
$0.77
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$55.9
$28.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.98
$3.14
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$62.7
$15.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.6
$4.79
👖 Brand Jeans
$79.3
$27.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$116
$81.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$361
$111
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11099
$5823

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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

In Zambia

City Cost of living Population
Lusaka
$659
2.47M
Ndola
$1058
528K
Kitwe
$1093
504K
Kapiri Mposhi
$823
241K
Livingstone
$615
137K
Choma
$666
122K
Kasama
$1028
168K
Mansa
$972
129K
Mufulira
$1078
122K
Chingola
$951
147K