Nicaragua vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison

Nicaragua United States
🚶 Cost of living one person
$625
$2112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1543
$4790
🏠 One person rent
$264
$1325
🏘️ Family rent
$472
$2220
🍽️ Food expenses
$248
$543
🚐 Transport expenses
$48.2
$98.8
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$391
$4139
💸 GDP per capita
$1905
$63207
😃 Human freedom index
6.24
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
74.7
77.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
20
67
🌐 English speaking %
1%
95.5%
🎓 Higher education
32
100
😀 Quality of life
37
75
🏙️ Population
5.14M
331M

The average cost of living in Nicaragua ($625) is 70% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). Nicaragua ranked 137th vs 6th 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 0.6 months in Nicaragua compared to 2 months in the United States. Ranked 133rd and 23rd best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Nicaragua vs the United States

We calculate prices for Nicaragua and the United States as a population-weighted mean of 10 and 2202 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.

Nicaragua United States
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$4.47
$15.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$26.1
$61.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.4
$8.48
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.19
$5.32
 Cappuccino
$2.03
$4.52
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.73
$2.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$203
$1410
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$163
$1088
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$436
$2466
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$340
$1870
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.7
$108
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$54.9
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$57.3
$65.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
13.38%
5.15%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1012
$5500
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$616
$2943
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.3
$2.2
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$16.2
$64.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$9.48
$17.3
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.23
$1.25
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.94
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.16
$2.79
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.01
$3.85
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.8
$3.2
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.12
$11.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.85
$11.2
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.08
$14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.76
$4.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.37
$1.73
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.01
$4.02
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$4.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.36
$2.49
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$2.47
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.5
$1.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.07
$2.12
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$9.55
$13.1
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.19
$3
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.85
$8.92
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.87
$8.46
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.89
$5.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.26
$3.78
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.47
$1.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$25.1
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.67
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$22.7
$113
💇 Haircut, simple
$6.33
$17.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$43.5
$46
👟 Brand Sneakers
$65.1
$80.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$137
$1076
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4476
$14606

Cities Comparison in Nicaragua vs the United States

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

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

In the United States

City Cost of living Population
New York City
$3563
8.4M
Los Angeles
$2865
3.98M
Chicago
$2384
2.75M
Houston
$1955
2.2M
San Diego
$2797
1.39M
Philadelphia
$2361
1.58M
San Jose
$2722
1.03M
Phoenix
$2374
1.61M
Dallas
$2268
1.3M
San Antonio
$1773
1.44M
Seattle
$2734
745K
Austin
$2219
913K
Charlotte
$2038
875K
Boston
$2911
693K
Denver
$2384
716K
Washington
$2664
690K
Columbus
$1891
914K
Jacksonville
$1860
881K
Indianapolis
$1868
863K
Hempstead
$2665
793K
Fort Worth
$1908
812K
San Francisco
$3415
882K
Nashville
$2209
668K
Baltimore
$1988
622K
Louisville
$1606
760K
Memphis
$1641
633K
Portland
$2363
653K
Oakland
$3240
391K
Albuquerque
$1617
565K
Milwaukee
$1755
600K