Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 117
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 92
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 63
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 18
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 61
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$ 217
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$ 19,466
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 10,077
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,460
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 10,773
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 6,138
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,465
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 385
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,209
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,061
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 103
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 79
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 831
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 654
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,482
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,292
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 297,532
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 18
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 513
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 184
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 546
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 70
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 47
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 51
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 28
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 119
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 367
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 139
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,249
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 724
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 101
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 54
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 44
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,229
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.39
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 701
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 51

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 Puerto Vallarta 107
2nd Monterrey 101
3rd San Nicolás de los Garza 98
4th Guadalupe 93
5th Mexico City 90
6th Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco 88
7th Tijuana 87
8th Puebla 82
9th Uruapan 80
10th Queretaro 78
11th Zapopan 77
12th Morelia 77
13th Guadalajara 76
14th Cancún 75
15th León 74
16th Playa del Carmen 74
17th Chihuahua 74
18th San Luis Potosí 72
19th Mérida 72
20th Veracruz 71
21st Ciudad Juárez 69
22nd Mexicali 68
23rd Hermosillo 68
24th Aguascalientes 66
25th Minatitlan 65
26th Chilpancingo 58

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Queretaro costs Mex$ 44 (about 6 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 7 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 7,000 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 18 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 20 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 10 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 24 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 25 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 450 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in San Miguel de Allende costs Mex$ 13,230 (1 day ago)