Cost of living in Mexico

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Food
MXN USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 117 ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Mex$ 87 ($4.89)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 59 ($3.33)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 17 ($0.96)
12 eggs, large Mex$ 31 ($1.75)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 19 ($1.06)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 66 ($3.69)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 38 ($2.11)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 18 ($1.02)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 19 ($1.06)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 192 ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola Mex$ 23 ($1.31)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 17 ($0.93)
Housing
MXN USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 16,920 ($952)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Mex$ 8,182 ($460)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,344 ($76)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Mex$ 9,754 ($549)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Mex$ 5,177 ($291)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Mex$ 1,144 ($64)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Mex$ 374 ($21)
40” flat screen TV Mex$ 7,970 ($449)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,708 ($96)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 97 ($5.43)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 50 ($2.81)
Clothes
MXN USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 831 ($47)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Mex$ 662 ($37)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,357 ($76)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,277 ($72)
Transportation
MXN USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 269,743 ($15,181)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 16 ($0.89)
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 475 ($27)
Personal Care
MXN USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 75 ($4.20)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 179 ($10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 515 ($29)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Mex$ 69 ($3.91)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 48 ($2.73)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 54 ($3.01)
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 26 ($1.46)
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 26 ($1.44)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 131 ($7)
Entertainment
MXN USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 365 ($21)
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 134 ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 1,008 ($57)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 714 ($40)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 100 ($5.60)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 50 ($2.83)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 40 ($2.26)
iPod nano 16GB Mex$ 3,391 ($191)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 1.39 ($0.08)
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 725 ($41)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 51 ($2.85)

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 104
2nd Guadalupe 97
3rd Mexico City 94
4th Tlaquepaque 91
5th Monterrey 88
6th Uruapan 86
7th Puebla 77
8th Queretaro 77
9th León 76
10th Chihuahua 76
11th Tijuana 75
12th Tehuacán 75
13th Guadalajara 75
14th San Luis Potosí 74
15th Cancún 74
16th Minatitlan 69
17th Morelia 68
18th Ciudad Juárez 66
19th Aguascalientes 64
20th Chilpancingo 61

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

  • Public transport in Tijuana costs Mex$ 150 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Culiacán costs Mex$ 5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 8,000 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Chihuahua costs Mex$ 279,000 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Cabo San Lucas costs Mex$ 11,325 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Mexico City costs Mex$ 15,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Ensenada costs Mex$ 682 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Chihuahua costs Mex$ 60 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Chihuahua costs Mex$ 120 (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Chihuahua costs Mex$ 400 (3 days ago)