Ecuador vs Nicaragua - Cost of Living Comparison

Ecuador Nicaragua
🚶 Cost of living one person
$750
$625
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1875
$1543
🏠 One person rent
$307
$264
🏘️ Family rent
$509
$472
🍽️ Food expenses
$266
$248
🚐 Transport expenses
$85.1
$48.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$515
$391
💸 GDP per capita
$5600
$1905
😃 Human freedom index
7.43
6.24
❤️ Life expectancy
77.2
74.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
36
20
🌐 English speaking %
2%
1%
🎓 Higher education
57
32
😀 Quality of life
56
37
🏙️ Population
16.6M
5.14M

The average cost of living in Ecuador ($750) is 20% more expensive than in Nicaragua ($625). Ecuador ranked 109th vs 137th for Nicaragua in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.7 months in Ecuador compared to 0.6 months in Nicaragua. Ranked 67th and 133rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Ecuador vs Nicaragua

We calculate prices for Ecuador and Nicaragua as a population-weighted mean of 19 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.

Ecuador Nicaragua
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.64
$4.47
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$26.9
$26.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.31
$5.4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.02
$1.19
 Cappuccino
$2.94
$2.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.87
$0.73
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$323
$203
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$220
$163
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$564
$436
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$389
$340
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$34.4
$35.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.7
$54.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$32.1
$57.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.45%
13.38%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1287
$1012
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1037
$616
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.34
$0.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.8
$16.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$14.2
$9.48
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.77
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.02
$0.94
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.26
$1.16
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.18
$1.01
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.95
$1.8
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.35
$3.12
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.61
$4.85
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.77
$7.08
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.8
$3.76
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$1.37
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$2.01
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.22
$1.39
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$1.36
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.02
$1.4
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.65
$0.5
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.97
$1.07
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.2
$9.55
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.47
$1.19
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.95
$2.85
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.22
$3.87
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.34
$3.89
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.77
$2.26
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.74
$1.47
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39.6
$25.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.61
$4.67
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$32.5
$22.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$9
$6.33
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.8
$43.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$99.4
$65.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$247
$137
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6933
$4476

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Cities Comparison in Ecuador vs Nicaragua

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Ecuador

City Cost of living Population
Guayaquil
$806
2.72M
Quito
$806
2.01M
Santo Domingo
$590
271K
Cuenca
$741
330K
Duran
$665
231K
Machala
$686
231K
Manta
$811
264K
Quevedo
$621
151K
Ambato
$577
165K
Portoviejo
$568
207K
Riobamba
$556
146K
Loja
$567
170K
Milagro
$677
134K
Esmeraldas
$655
154K
Ibarra
$556
132K
La Libertad
$779
95.9K
Babahoyo
$732
90.2K
Galapagos Islands
$650
25K
Montanita
$652
1K

In Nicaragua

City Cost of living Population
Managua
$691
937K
Chinandega
$539
122K
Masaya
$619
140K
Matagalpa
$514
133K
Jinotega
$453
99.4K
Granada
$668
105K
Leon
$556
174K
Esteli
$509
112K
Juigalpa
$598
51.8K
San Juan del Sur
$839
14.7K