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Cost of Living

Whether you buy or rent, real estate is more affordable in Costa Rica, with reasonably priced North American-style homes in great locations. Many retired couples live well on as low as $2,000 per month and even better on $2,500 to $3,000. That includes all costs, including housing, transportation, medical care, utilities, food, and entertainment. And a single person can live on between $1,400 and $1,700 per month or far more, depending on lifestyle preferences.

Sample Monthly Budget in Costa Rica

Average Monthly Cost is 63.45% Less in Costa Rica than in the USA
Compare:
United States Costa Rica Difference percentage
Average Monthly Cost (with rent/mortgage) $7606 $2780 63.5%
Housing $2676 $700 73.8%
Groceries $1363 $835 38.7%
Private Health Care  $980 $400 59.2%
Taxes & Insurance (based on a $500.000 homevalue) $1500 $125 91.7%
Utilities (including phone, electric, water, internet, and cable TV) $350 $120 65.7%
Housekeeper and Gardener $1507 $350 76.8%
Entertainment (dining out and other entertainment) $538 $250 53.5%
Other Expenses $320 $200 37.5%

Data supplied by Numbeo



Detailed Cost of Living Expenses

  • US CR Diff. CR & US
    Buy Apartment Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre $320 $129 60%
  • US CR
    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant $15.00 $7.00
    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course $71.00 $43.00
    McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) $7.00 $6.86
    Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) $4.00 $2.50
    Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) $5.00 $3.36
    Cappuccino (regular) $4.00 $2.50
    Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) $1.80 $1.40
    Water (11.2 oz small bottle) $1.40 $1.30
  • US CR
    Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $52.00 $36.00
    Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) $15.00 $12.00
    Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat $5.40 $12.00
  • US CR
    Gasoline (1 gallon) $2.70 $4.00
    Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) $21,827 $21,856
    Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) $20,407 $24,637
  • US CR
    1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) $43.00 $64.00
    1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) $35.00 $47.00
    1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) $74.00 $97.00
  • US CR
    Milk (regular), (1 gallon) $3.15 $5.00
    Rice (white), (1 lb) $2.00 $0.90
    Eggs (regular) (12) $2.30 $2.50
    Local Cheese (1 lb) $5.00 $3.00
    Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) $3.88 $3.30
    Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) $5.20 $3.73
    Apples (1 lb) $1.96 $1.76
    Banana (1 lb) $0.64 $0.51
    Oranges (1 lb) $1.78 $0.91
    Tomato (1 lb) $1.80 $0.98
    Potato (1 lb) $1.12 $0.87
    Onion (1 lb) $1.12 $0.75
    Lettuce (1 head) $1.51 $0.84
    Water (1.5 liter bottle) $1.76 $1.90
    Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) $12.00 $10.00
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) $2.31 $1.53
    Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) $3.28 $2.48

Data supplied by Numbeo

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