Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 115
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 93
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 63
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 18
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 21
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$ 20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 213
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$ 19,042
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 10,200
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,458
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 10,271
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 6,015
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,321
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 383
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,320
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,975
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 99
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 101
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 820
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 641
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,403
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,203
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 296,521
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 18
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 516
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 73
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 181
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 536
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$ 50
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 28
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 27
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 123
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 370
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 135
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,105
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 705
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 94
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 52
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Mex$ 10,185
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.38
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 661
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 Puerto Vallarta 99
2nd San Nicolás de los Garza 92
3rd Guadalupe 88
4th Monterrey 87
5th Mexico City 85
6th Tijuana 79
7th Puebla 77
8th Uruapan 76
9th Queretaro 74
10th Zapopan 72
11th Guadalajara 71
12th Morelia 70
13th León 69
14th Playa del Carmen 69
15th Cancún 69
16th Chihuahua 68
17th Mérida 67
18th Veracruz 67
19th San Luis Potosí 66
20th Mexicali 64
21st Minatitlan 63
22nd Ciudad Juárez 62
23rd Aguascalientes 61
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

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Queretaro costs Mex$ 400 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Queretaro costs Mex$ 20 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Queretaro costs Mex$ 15 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Queretaro costs Mex$ 28 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Queretaro costs Mex$ 500 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Queretaro costs Mex$ 30 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Queretaro costs Mex$ 25 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (1 day ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Queretaro costs Mex$ 60 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Queretaro costs Mex$ 22 (1 day ago)