Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 119
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 95
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 19
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 37
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 23
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$ 19,440
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 10,001
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,594
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 11,223
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 6,408
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,572
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 381
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,142
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,029
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 102
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 79
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 800
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 653
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,475
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,286
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 310,623
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 19
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 466
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 77
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 173
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 532
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 68
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 52
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 28
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 28
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 121
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 379
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 137
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,169
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 732
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 102
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 55
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 44
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,330
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.18
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 719
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 100
2nd San Nicolás de los Garza 96
3rd Guadalupe 92
4th Mexico City 90
5th Tijuana 85
6th Puebla 81
7th Queretaro 81
8th Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco 80
9th Uruapan 79
10th Mérida 76
11th Guadalajara 76
12th Morelia 75
13th Zapopan 75
14th Cancún 75
15th Puerto Vallarta 74
16th Playa del Carmen 74
17th Chihuahua 74
18th León 73
19th San Luis Potosí 71
20th Mexicali 70
21st Veracruz 70
22nd Ciudad Juárez 67
23rd Hermosillo 66
24th Minatitlan 64
25th Aguascalientes 64
26th Cuernavaca 64

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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Poza Rica de Hidalgo costs Mex$ 10 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Poza Rica de Hidalgo costs Mex$ 15 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Poza Rica de Hidalgo costs Mex$ 35 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Queretaro costs Mex$ 53 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Queretaro costs Mex$ 500 (3 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Queretaro costs Mex$ 1.50 (3 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Queretaro costs Mex$ 5,000 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Queretaro costs Mex$ 60 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Queretaro costs Mex$ 120 (3 days ago)