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$ 91
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 60
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 17
12 eggs, large Mex$ 30
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$ 20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 204
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 24
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 18,675
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 9,458
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,299
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 10,294
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 5,755
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,206
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 379
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,198
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,851
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 94
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 85
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 839
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 672
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,359
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,199
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 280,735
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 17
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 532
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 77
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 187
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 571
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 66
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 49
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 51
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 27
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 134
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 374
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 134
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,190
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 713
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 95
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 51
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 41
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 9,624
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 3.98
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 709
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 88
3rd Mexico City 87
4th Guadalupe 85
5th Tlaquepaque 78
6th Uruapan 76
7th Queretaro 73
8th Zapopan 72
9th Guadalajara 72
10th Puerto Vallarta 71
11th Puebla 71
12th Cancún 70
13th Tijuana 68
14th Chihuahua 68
15th San Luis Potosí 67
16th Playa del Carmen 67
17th León 66
18th Tehuacán 65
19th Mérida 65
20th Minatitlan 63
21st Mexicali 63
22nd Morelia 61
23rd Ciudad Juárez 60
24th Aguascalientes 58
25th 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

  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 350 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 200 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 500 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 80 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 120 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 year rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Chapala-Ajijic, Jalisco costs Mex$ 7,200 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Guadalajara costs Mex$ 3,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Queretaro costs Mex$ 350,000 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Queretaro costs Mex$ 1,200 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Queretaro costs Mex$ 12,000 (1 day ago)