Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 46,136
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 22,237
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 60% of countries in Latin America (9 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 74% of countries in the World (50 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 238
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 131
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 60
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 22
12 eggs, large Mex$ 36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 70
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 44
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 259
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 32
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 19,158
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 9,246
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,067
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 11,241
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 6,190
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 800
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 384
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 6,920
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,186
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 104
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 90
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 857
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 654
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,505
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,115
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 343,967
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 21
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 547
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 84
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 208
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 583
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 85
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 57
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 29
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 29
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 203
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 322
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 151
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 837
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$ 144
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 76
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 43
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 11,735
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 3.52
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 923
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 64

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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 Chilpancingo 87
2nd Tijuana 86
3rd Monterrey 86
4th Mexico City 85
5th Cancún 81
6th Zapopan 79
7th Puebla 79
8th Queretaro 79
9th Guadalajara 75
10th Playa del Carmen 74
11th Puerto Vallarta 74
12th San Luis Potosí 74
13th Saltillo 73
14th Toluca 71
15th Mérida 70
16th Chihuahua 69
17th Culiacán 69
18th Hermosillo 69
19th Cuernavaca 69
20th Mazatlán 69
21st Ensenada 68
22nd La Paz 67
23rd Tampico 64
24th Veracruz 64
25th Aguascalientes 60
26th Reynosa 58
27th Xalapa 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.

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Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Culiacán costs Mex$ 12 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Culiacán costs Mex$ 34 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Culiacán costs Mex$ 100 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Culiacán costs Mex$ 250 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Culiacán costs Mex$ 21 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Culiacán costs Mex$ 282,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Culiacán costs Mex$ 30 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Culiacán costs Mex$ 21 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Culiacán costs Mex$ 60 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mexico City costs Mex$ 579 (1 day ago)

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