Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 121
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 93
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 18
12 eggs, large Mex$ 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 62
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 37
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 209
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 24
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 18,868
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 9,918
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,314
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 10,041
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 5,942
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,247
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 384
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,433
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,912
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 96
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 80
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 838
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 662
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,374
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,215
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 286,537
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 17
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 520
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 82
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 181
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 534
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 62
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 49
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 52
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 27
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 133
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 371
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 136
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,195
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 683
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 92
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 51
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 9,850
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 3.81
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 645
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 50

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 San Nicolás de los Garza 93
2nd Monterrey 90
3rd Guadalupe 88
4th Mexico City 87
5th Tlaquepaque 80
6th Tijuana 78
7th Uruapan 76
8th Queretaro 73
9th Puebla 73
10th Zapopan 71
11th Playa del Carmen 70
12th Cancún 70
13th Guadalajara 69
14th Puerto Vallarta 69
15th Chihuahua 68
16th Morelia 68
17th Mérida 67
18th San Luis Potosí 66
19th León 66
20th Minatitlan 64
21st Mexicali 63
22nd Ciudad Juárez 61
23rd Aguascalientes 60
24th Chilpancingo 56

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

  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Mexico City costs Mex$ 250 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Mexico City costs Mex$ 80 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Mexico City costs Mex$ 30 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Mexico City costs Mex$ 35 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Mexico City costs Mex$ 80 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Mexico City costs Mex$ 56 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 30 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Mexico City costs Mex$ 700 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Mexico City costs Mex$ 200 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 150 (about 23 hours ago)