Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 120
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 95
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 19
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 62
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 223
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 25
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 19,574
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 10,212
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,590
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 11,923
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 6,753
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,354
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 381
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,039
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 105
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 87
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 811
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 667
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,489
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,283
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 313,588
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 19
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 464
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 75
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 189
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 548
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 70
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 54
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 27
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 30
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 124
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 378
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 136
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,204
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 742
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 103
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 54
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 44
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,278
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.28
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 724
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 52

Map of Cost of Living in Mexico

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This map shows only the top cities in Mexico. 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 Mexico

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Monterrey 88
2nd Guadalupe 87
3rd Mexico City 85
4th Tijuana 81
5th Queretaro 76
6th Uruapan 76
7th Puebla 75
8th Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco 74
9th Guadalajara 74
10th Cancún 72
11th Mérida 72
12th Playa del Carmen 72
13th Zapopan 71
14th Morelia 71
15th Puerto Vallarta 71
16th Chihuahua 70
17th León 69
18th Veracruz 67
19th San Luis Potosí 67
20th Mexicali 66
21st Ciudad Juárez 64
22nd Hermosillo 63
23rd Minatitlan 63
24th Aguascalientes 61
25th Cuernavaca 60
26th Chilpancingo 51

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.

Are you moving to Mexico? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Mexico of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Aguascalientes costs Mex$ 8,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mexico City costs Mex$ 1,897 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (2 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (2 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Queretaro costs Mex$ 100 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Mexico City costs Mex$ 200 (2 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Monterrey costs Mex$ 11,000 (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Matamoros costs Mex$ 150 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Mexico City costs Mex$ 5.00 (5 days ago)