Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 42,720
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 21,257
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 75% of countries in Latin America (15 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 76% of countries in the World (73 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 154
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 106
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 58
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 20
12 eggs, large Mex$ 32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 67
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 21
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 214
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 28
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 19
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 19,088
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 8,889
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,265
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 10,724
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 5,857
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 937
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 387
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,514
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,954
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 101
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 87
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 851
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 635
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,509
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,210
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 326,490
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 20
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 496
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 226
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 549
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 68
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 49
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 59
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 30
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 30
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 176
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 342
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 140
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 922
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 662
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 109
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 59
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 41
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 9,936
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 1.57
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 851
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 55

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 Manzanillo, Colima 98
2nd Monterrey 97
3rd Nezahualcóyotl 95
4th Tijuana 92
5th Cancún 91
6th Mexico City 88
7th Queretaro 88
8th Zapopan 86
9th Playa del Carmen 86
10th Guadalajara 86
11th Puebla 85
12th Guanajuato 84
13th San Luis Potosí 80
14th Ciudad Juárez 80
15th Puerto Vallarta 79
16th León 77
17th Saltillo 77
18th Chihuahua 77
19th Toluca 76
20th Mexicali 76
21st Mérida 76
22nd Pachuca 75
23rd Hermosillo 75
24th Veracruz 73
25th Aguascalientes 72
26th Cuernavaca 71
27th Ensenada 71
28th Oaxaca 70
29th Mazatlán 68
30th Morelia 68
31st Poza Rica de Hidalgo 66
32nd Culiacán 64
33rd Chilpancingo 55

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

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 30 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Mexico City costs Mex$ 25 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Mexico City costs Mex$ 20 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Mexico City costs Mex$ 22 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Mexico City costs Mex$ 40 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Mexico City costs Mex$ 140 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 25,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in San Luis Potosí costs Mex$ 48 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in San Luis Potosí costs Mex$ 800 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in San Luis Potosí costs Mex$ 13,099 (about 16 hours ago)