Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 12,546
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 5,515
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 69% of countries in Latin America (11 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 75% of countries in the World (49 out of 65)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 36
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 5.16
12 eggs, large R$ 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.92
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 45
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 4.47
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,889
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,429
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 677
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,762
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,676
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 536
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 93
40” flat screen tv R$ 1,880
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 635
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 31
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 262
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 257
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 415
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 332
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 111,527
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.66
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 239
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 20
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 48
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 269
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 19
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 8
Tube of toothpaste R$ 5.73
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 56
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 110
2 tickets to the movies R$ 61
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 225
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 222
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 29
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,831
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.19
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 134
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11

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Map of Cost of Living in Brazil

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

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Rio de Janeiro 89
2nd São Paulo 88
3rd Santos, Sao Paulo 87
4th Campinas 84
5th Curitiba 83
6th Brasília 80
7th São José dos Campos 79
8th Salvador 79
9th Belo Horizonte 78
10th Porto Alegre 78
11th Sorocaba 74
12th Manaus 73
13th Ribeirão Preto 73
14th Santo André 72
15th Goiânia 71
16th Osasco 70
17th Maringá 69
18th Fortaleza 68
19th Contagem 68
20th Caxias do Sul 68
21st Belém 67
22nd João Pessoa 65
23rd Natal 65
24th Petropolis 64
25th Teresina 60
26th Maceió 60
27th Bauru 59
28th Novo Hamburgo 59
29th Chapeco 59
30th Santa Maria 57
31st Uberaba 55

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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Prices recently added

  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in São Paulo costs R$ 40 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in São Paulo costs R$ 200 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 23 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Rio de Janeiro costs R$ 110 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Florianopolis costs R$ 6.00 (1 day ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Florianopolis costs R$ 4.00 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Florianopolis costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Florianopolis costs R$ 40 (1 day ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Florianopolis costs R$ 5.11 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Florianopolis costs R$ 4.00 (1 day ago)

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