Cost of living in Guatemala

Summary of cost of living in Guatemala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Q17,563
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Q8,398
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 65% of countries in Latin America (13 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in Guatemala is cheaper than in 72% of countries in the World (69 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Q47
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Q41
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Q23
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Q12
12 eggs, large Q15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Q10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Q27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Q17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Q10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Q11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Q68
2 liters of coca-cola Q14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Q12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Q7,110
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Q3,535
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Q454
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Q4,178
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Q2,422
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Q334
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Q288
40” flat screen tv Q2,939
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Q662
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Q52
Hourly rate for cleaning help Q26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Q421
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Q326
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Q749
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Q688
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Q122,747
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Q7
Monthly ticket public transport Q116
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Q25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Q66
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Q188
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Q48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Q32
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Q45
4 rolls of toilet paper Q17
Tube of toothpaste Q13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Q77
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Q114
2 tickets to the movies Q85
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Q230
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Q269
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Q39
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Q19
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Q16
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Q6,181
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Q0.99
1 month of gym membership in business district Q397
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Q25

Map of Cost of Living in Guatemala

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

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