United States and Costa Rica Cost of Living Comparison!

Costa Rica Cost of Living

The cost of living  is one of the main considerations when contemplating moving to Costa Rica.
Did you know, Costa Rica’s cost of living is lower than that of the United States? 

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Indices Difference

Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 42.35% higher than in Costa Rica
Rent Prices in United States are 107.57% higher than in Costa Rica
Restaurant Prices in United States are 46.90% higher than in Costa Rica
Groceries Prices in United States are 27.42% higher than in Costa Rica
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 108.12% higher than in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Cost of Living

  Costa Rica   United States       Difference
Restaurants [Edit] [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.58 $
(3,500.00 ₡)
    11.00 $
(5,855.30 ₡)
     +67.29 %
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 33.82 $
(18,000.00 ₡)
    50.00 $
(26,614.99 ₡)
     +47.86 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.76 $
(3,600.00 ₡)
    6.75 $
(3,593.02 ₡)
     -0.19 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.25 $
(1,200.00 ₡)
    3.50 $
(1,863.05 ₡)
     +55.25 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.57 $
(1,900.00 ₡)
    5.00 $
(2,661.50 ₡)
     +40.08 %
Cappuccino (regular) 2.37 $
(1,259.30 ₡)
    3.74 $
(1,988.81 ₡)
     +57.93 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.52 $
(807.97 ₡)
    1.65 $
(877.49 ₡)
     +8.60 %
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.32 $
(703.97 ₡)
    1.34 $
(711.94 ₡)
     +1.13 %
Markets [Edit] [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.23 $
(2,783.24 ₡)
    3.76 $
(1,998.83 ₡)
     -28.18 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.61 $
(857.05 ₡)
    2.26 $
(1,204.05 ₡)
     +40.49 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.94 $
(499.39 ₡)
    1.50 $
(796.71 ₡)
     +59.54 %
Eggs (12) 2.74 $
(1,456.06 ₡)
    2.48 $
(1,319.69 ₡)
     -9.37 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.82 $
(1,499.63 ₡)
    4.48 $
(2,384.76 ₡)
     +59.02 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.17 $
(1,688.74 ₡)
    3.83 $
(2,038.80 ₡)
     +20.73 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.82 $
(969.84 ₡)
    1.84 $
(981.79 ₡)
     +1.23 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.11 $
(591.50 ₡)
    1.82 $
(966.95 ₡)
     +63.47 %
Tomato (1 lb) 0.94 $
(498.65 ₡)
    1.79 $
(952.40 ₡)
     +91.00 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.81 $
(433.16 ₡)
    1.18 $
(630.34 ₡)
     +45.52 %
Lettuce (1 head) 0.84 $
(446.05 ₡)
    1.58 $
(839.70 ₡)
     +88.25 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.42 $
(1,288.10 ₡)
    1.76 $
(936.56 ₡)
     -27.29 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.27 $
(6,000.00 ₡)
    12.00 $
(6,387.60 ₡)
     +6.46 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.93 $
(1,027.59 ₡)
    1.76 $
(936.92 ₡)
     -8.82 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.74 $
(1,461.14 ₡)
    2.37 $
(1,259.76 ₡)
     -13.78 %
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.19 $
(1,700.00 ₡)
    6.15 $
(3,273.64 ₡)
     +92.57 %
Transportation [Edit] [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.75 $
(400.00 ₡)
    2.00 $
(1,064.60 ₡)
     +166.15 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 56.36 $
(30,000.00 ₡)
    64.00 $
(34,067.19 ₡)
     +13.56 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.20 $
(640.00 ₡)
    3.00 $
(1,596.90 ₡)
     +149.52 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.93 $
(1,029.98 ₡)
    2.50 $
(1,330.75 ₡)
     +29.20 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 13.15 $
(7,000.00 ₡)
    30.00 $
(15,969.00 ₡)
     +128.13 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.89 $
(2,602.26 ₡)
    2.86 $
(1,523.28 ₡)
     -41.46 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline
(Or Equivalent New Car)
24,891.98 $
(13,250,000.00 ₡)
    21,000.00 $
(11,178,297.90 ₡)
     -15.64 %
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage)
for 915 sq ft Apartment
74.63 $
(39,726.36 ₡)
    157.23 $
(83,694.50 ₡)
     +110.68 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (
No Discounts or Plans)
0.06 $
(34.27 ₡)
    0.16 $
(83.55 ₡)
     +143.80 %
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 52.21 $
(27,790.09 ₡)
    47.97 $
(25,536.24 ₡)
     -8.11 %
Sports And Leisure [Edit] [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.57 $
(22,658.24 ₡)
    37.22 $
(19,809.67 ₡)
     -12.57 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.11 $
(9,108.64 ₡)
    18.20 $
(9,685.61 ₡)
     +6.33 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.58 $
(3,500.00 ₡)
    10.00 $
(5,323.00 ₡)
     +52.09 %
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 68.16 $
(36,281.80 ₡)
    41.14 $
(21,896.94 ₡)
     -39.65 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store 51.24 $
(27,273.14 ₡)
    35.78 $
(19,045.92 ₡)
     -30.17 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 103.15 $
(54,905.09 ₡)
    76.97 $
(40,972.49 ₡)
     -25.38 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.74 $
(50,430.40 ₡)
    87.05 $
(46,334.16 ₡)
     -8.12 %
Rent Per Month [Edit] [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 428.51 $
(228,093.24 ₡)
    1,006.62 $
(535,826.19 ₡)
     +134.92 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 361.47 $
(192,409.67 ₡)
    786.88 $
(418,857.12 ₡)
     +117.69 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 879.62 $
(468,224.08 ₡)
    1,727.44 $
(919,515.19 ₡)
     +96.38 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 669.14 $
(356,182.24 ₡)
    1,333.84 $
(710,004.95 ₡)
     +99.34 %
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 129.07 $
(68,706.08 ₡)
    204.19 $
(108,692.80 ₡)
     +58.20 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apart. Outside of Centre 118.58 $
(63,117.85 ₡)
    132.28 $
(70,413.71 ₡)
     +11.56 %
Salaries And Financing [Edit] [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 903.18 $
(480,762.31 ₡)
    2,675.72 $
(1,424,286.23 ₡)
     +196.26 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 13.25     4.19      -68.41 %
Last update August, 2015 August, 2015  
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