Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 116
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 87
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 58
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 17
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 66
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 38
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 19
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 194
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$ 16,908
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 8,073
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,316
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 9,501
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 5,065
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,148
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 371
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 8,105
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,739
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 97
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 49
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 832
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 667
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,360
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,267
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 270,488
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 16
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 496
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 79
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 188
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 515
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 71
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 49
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$ 130
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 364
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 136
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,023
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 724
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 100
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 50
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 40
iPad Air 2, 64GB Mex$ 9,519
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 1.48
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 731
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 101
2nd Guadalupe 93
3rd Mexico City 91
4th Monterrey 90
5th Tlaquepaque 86
6th Uruapan 83
7th Puebla 77
8th Queretaro 75
9th Cancún 75
10th Chihuahua 74
11th Tijuana 74
12th León 74
13th Guadalajara 73
14th San Luis Potosí 72
15th Tehuacán 71
16th Morelia 68
17th Minatitlan 68
18th Aguascalientes 63
19th Ciudad Juárez 62
20th Chilpancingo 59

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

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Culiacán costs Mex$ 9,000 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Puerto Vallarta costs Mex$ 15,994 (2 days ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Puebla costs Mex$ 1,666 (2 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in La Paz costs Mex$ 142 (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mérida costs Mex$ 499 (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Saltillo costs Mex$ 16 (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Nuevo Laredo costs Mex$ 120 (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Nuevo Laredo costs Mex$ 400 (4 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Nuevo Laredo costs Mex$ 600 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Nuevo Laredo costs Mex$ 9 (4 days ago)