Cost of living in Bolivia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $b28
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $b37
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $b17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $b6
12 eggs, large $b10
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $b6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $b22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $b12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $b6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $b11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $b51
2 liters of Coca-Cola $b10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $b3.88
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $b4,408
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $b2,823
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $b365
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $b2,758
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $b1,780
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $b279
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $b304
40” flat screen TV $b2,835
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $b1,152
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $b44
Hourly rate for cleaning help $b27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $b324
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $b414
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $b615
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $b552
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $b120,391
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $b3.84
Monthly ticket public transport $b179
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $b29
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $b52
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $b182
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $b36
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $b23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $b30
4 rolls of toilet paper $b12
Tube of toothpaste $b11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $b39
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $b116
2 tickets to the movies $b89
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $b157
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $b203
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $b39
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $b20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $b18
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB $b4,227
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $b1.38
1 month of gym membership in business district $b337
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $b16

Map of Cost of Living in Bolivia

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This map shows only the top cities in Bolivia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Bolivia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Potosí 90
2nd Santa Cruz de la Sierra 90
3rd La Paz 83
4th Cochabamba 73

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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