Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 43,900
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 21,269
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Latin America (10 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 79% of countries in the World (60 out of 76)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 214
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 118
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 53
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 21
12 eggs, large Mex$ 35
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 72
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 235
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 30
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 18,938
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 8,545
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,055
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 10,167
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 4,986
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 727
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 379
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,118
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,977
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 101
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 91
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 851
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 649
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,499
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,104
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 345,868
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 19
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 531
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 81
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 171
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 517
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 81
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 55
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 29
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 29
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 190
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 311
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 145
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 820
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 684
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 123
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 38
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 10,035
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.60
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 995
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 61

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:
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 91
2nd Nezahualcóyotl 86
3rd Tijuana 84
4th Mexico City 83
5th Cancún 81
6th Queretaro 80
7th Guadalajara 79
8th Zapopan 78
9th Puebla 77
10th Playa del Carmen 76
11th Tapachula 76
12th Villahermosa 74
13th Saltillo 74
14th San Luis Potosí 73
15th Puerto Vallarta 73
16th Patzcuaro 72
17th Cuernavaca 71
18th Toluca 70
19th Chihuahua 69
20th Hermosillo 69
21st Mérida 67
22nd Oaxaca 67
23rd Mazatlán 66
24th Ensenada 64
25th Veracruz 64
26th Pachuca 62
27th Culiacán 62
28th Aguascalientes 61
29th Tampico 58
30th 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.

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Prices recently added

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 420 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 940 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 27 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 58 (about 11 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 23 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 120 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 65 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Cancún costs Mex$ 840 (1 day ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Uruapan costs Mex$ 35 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Cuernavaca costs Mex$ 1,200 (1 day ago)