Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 114
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 88
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$ 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 65
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 37
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 196
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 23
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 17,599
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 8,391
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,293
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 9,658
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 4,981
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,014
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 366
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,100
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,847
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 95
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 50
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 856
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 648
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,357
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,287
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 272,303
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 16
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 499
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 172
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 511
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 69
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 48
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 54
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 26
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 127
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 366
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 137
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,022
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 721
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 101
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 51
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 40
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 9,693
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 1.58
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 737
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 San Nicolás de los Garza 94
2nd Guadalupe 87
3rd Mexico City 85
4th Monterrey 85
5th Tlaquepaque 81
6th Uruapan 79
7th Zapopan 73
8th Puebla 72
9th Queretaro 71
10th Cancún 70
11th Chihuahua 69
12th Tijuana 69
13th León 69
14th Guadalajara 68
15th San Luis Potosí 67
16th Tehuacán 67
17th Mérida 66
18th Minatitlan 65
19th Playa del Carmen 65
20th Mexicali 64
21st Morelia 62
22nd Aguascalientes 59
23rd Ciudad Juárez 59
24th Chilpancingo 57

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Public transport in Mexico City costs Mex$ 250 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Mexico City costs Mex$ 16 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Mexico City costs Mex$ 800 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 1,000 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 700 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Mexico City costs Mex$ 25 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 20 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Mexico City costs Mex$ 200 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Mexico City costs Mex$ 19 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Mexico City costs Mex$ 15 (about 15 hours ago)