Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 52,256
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 25,713
  • Cost of living in Mexico is more expensive than in 67% of countries in Latin America (6 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 62% of countries in the World (42 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 303
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 160
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 70
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 27
12 eggs, large Mex$ 48
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 29
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 93
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 30
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 274
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 36
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 25
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 22,296
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 11,171
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,229
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 13,297
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 7,628
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 872
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 427
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 6,005
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,662
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 115
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 123
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 973
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 699
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,729
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,373
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 377,860
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 23
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 578
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 94
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 199
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 680
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 80
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 63
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 69
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 35
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 34
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 266
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 397
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 166
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 742
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 894
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 171
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 81
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 48
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 11,029
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.38
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 862
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 83

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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:
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 Tijuana 112
2nd Cancún 98
3rd Monterrey 95
4th Puerto Vallarta 95
5th Mexico City 94
6th Saltillo 85
7th Chihuahua 85
8th Mérida 84
9th Playa del Carmen 83
10th Guadalajara 82
11th Hermosillo 82
12th Queretaro 82
13th Ciudad Juárez 81
14th León, Mexico 80
15th Cuernavaca 75
16th Culiacán 72
17th Tampico 69
18th Pachuca 67

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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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Cancún costs Mex$ 85 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Cancún costs Mex$ 700 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Cancún costs Mex$ 12,000 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Cancún costs Mex$ 25 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Cancún costs Mex$ 120 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Cancún costs Mex$ 250 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Cancún costs Mex$ 1,200 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Cancún costs Mex$ 130 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Cancún costs Mex$ 400 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Cancún costs Mex$ 400 (about 22 hours ago)

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