Japan vs Mexico - Cost of Living Comparison

Japan Mexico
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1171
$713
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2988
$1726
🏠 One person rent
$531
$319
🏘️ Family rent
$1043
$559
🍽️ Food expenses
$394
$263
🚐 Transport expenses
$143
$61.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2440
$641
💸 GDP per capita
$40193
$8329
😃 Human freedom index
8.73
6.92
❤️ Life expectancy
84.6
75.1
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
31
🌐 English speaking %
15%
13%
🎓 Higher education
99
90
😀 Quality of life
79
48
🏙️ Population
126M
125M

The average cost of living in Japan ($1171) is 64% more expensive than in Mexico ($713). Japan ranked 43rd 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 2.1 months in Japan compared to 0.9 months in Mexico. Ranked 18th and 99th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Japan vs Mexico

We calculate prices for Japan and Mexico as a population-weighted mean of 907 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.

Japan Mexico
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.34
$7.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.9
$22.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.35
$5.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.39
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$3.03
$2.83
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.08
$0.88
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$558
$402
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$359
$227
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1157
$705
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$783
$429
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.6
$33.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$152
$51.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$34.2
$22.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.48%
11.07%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4765
$1312
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2789
$901
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.84
$0.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$67
$23.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$26
$8.64
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.18
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.4
$1.08
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.6
$1.35
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.3
$1.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.84
$1.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13
$6.33
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.87
$5.49
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.1
$8.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.91
$2.2
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.08
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.16
$1.12
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.29
$1.19
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.28
$1.21
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.51
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.59
$1.48
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$10.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.01
$1.19
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.97
$3.08
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$4.77
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.65
$2.77
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.52
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.82
$1.53
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$56
$33.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.5
$3.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.4
$26.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$17
$7.26
👖 Brand Jeans
$47.5
$41.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$59.8
$73
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$331
$200
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11700
$3998

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Cities Comparison in Japan vs Mexico

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K

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