Prices in Mexico vs the United States - Cost of Living Comparison

MexicoUnited States
🚶 Cost of living One person
$576
$1900
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1371
$4272
🏠 One person rent
$264
$1171
🏘️ Family rent
$443
$1874
🍽️ Food Expenses
$204
$496
🚐 Transport Expenses
$50
$93.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$454
$3674
💸 GDP per capita
$9673
$62795
😃 Human freedom index
6.94
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
74.9
78.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
28
71
🏙️ Population
131M
325M

The average cost of living in Mexico ($576) is 70% less expensive than in the United States ($1900). Mexico ranked 149th vs 10th for the United States 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 Mexico compared to 1.9 months in the United States. Ranked 62nd and 2nd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Mexico vs the United States

MexicoUnited States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.54
$13.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$17.7
$53.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.44
$7.75
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.51
$4.86
☕ Cappuccino
$2.17
$4.32
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.67
$1.89
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$323
$1220
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$186
$954
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$560
$1990
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$330
$1573
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$30.1
$101
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$46.3
$156
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.4
$61.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.45%
4.21%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1131
$4090
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$734
$2544
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.42
$2.14
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.2
$64
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.41
$17.5
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.85
$0.73
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.85
$0.89
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.07
$2.57
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$3.73
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.41
$2.52
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.16
$11.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$9.08
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.48
$12.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.71
$4.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$4.07
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.01
$4.07
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1
$2.41
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.99
$2.43
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.45
$1.22
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.19
$1.96
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.19
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.98
$2.59
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.38
$8.28
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.31
$8.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.37
$4.93
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$3.49
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.29
$1.84
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$29.1
$40
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3
$11.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$23.5
$110
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.13
$16.4
👖 Brand Jeans
$35
$44.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$62.1
$77.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$155
$977
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3222
$15123

Cities Comparison in Mexico vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Mexico

CityCost of livingPopulation
Mexico
$746
8.92M
Tijuana
$651
1.96M
Ecatepec de Morelos
$760
1.86M
Monterrey
$717
1.14M
Ciudad Juarez
$583
1.39M
Zapopan
$601
1.33M
Guadalajara
$600
1.46M
Puebla
$605
1.43M
Hermosillo
$552
984k
Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl
$587
1.23M
Chihuahua
$536
878k
Leon
$464
1.24M
Saltillo
$546
808k
Culiacan
$505
1.12M
Villahermosa
$648
1.01M
Morelia
$460
963k
Mexicali
$531
1.03M
Torreon
$488
717k
Aguascalientes
$451
934k
San Luis Potosi
$590
773k
Naucalpan
$600
872k
Apodaca
$543
523k
Toluca
$548
748k
Durango
$491
655k
Merida
$567
892k
Queretaro
$554
626k
San Nicolas de los Garza
$716
443k
Tepic
$587
414k
Cancun
$628
628k
Guadalupe
$690
692k

In the United States

CityCost of livingPopulation
New York
$3246
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2669
3.98M
Chicago
$2160
2.72M
Houston
$1760
2.2M
San Diego
$2389
1.39M
San Jose
$2722
1.03M
Phoenix
$1756
1.63M
Dallas
$1850
1.2M
Philadelphia
$1933
1.58M
San Antonio
$1643
1.44M
Seattle
$2479
745k
Austin
$1964
913k
Washington
$2593
706k
Hempstead
$2845
760k
Charlotte
$1806
731k
Boston
$2899
618k
San Francisco
$3091
882k
Jacksonville
$1665
881k
Columbus
$1690
787k
Denver
$2061
683k
Fort Worth
$1703
812k
Indianapolis
$1568
863k
Portland
$2129
653k
Nashville
$1857
668k
Louisville
$1548
760k
Las Vegas
$1754
648k
Atlanta
$1830
486k
Baltimore
$1872
622k
Oakland
$2985
423k
El Paso
$1312
683k