Cost of living in Bolivia

Summary of cost of living in Bolivia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $b14,932
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $b7,590
  • Cost of living in Bolivia is cheaper than in 63% of countries in Latin America (10 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Bolivia is cheaper than in 75% of countries in the World (64 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $b41
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $b40
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $b13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $b6
12 eggs, large $b11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $b6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $b20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $b15
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $b7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $b11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $b57
2 liters of coca-cola $b10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $b3.83
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $b5,978
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $b4,112
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $b352
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $b4,716
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $b2,068
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $b274
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $b230
40” flat screen tv $b2,754
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $b1,027
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $b46
Hourly rate for cleaning help $b18
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $b447
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $b404
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $b542
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $b503
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $b102,622
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $b3.79
Monthly ticket public transport $b151
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $b25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $b48
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $b186
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $b32
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $b23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $b24
4 rolls of toilet paper $b11
Tube of toothpaste $b14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $b46
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $b75
2 tickets to the movies $b84
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $b174
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $b191
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $b37
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $b24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $b17
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $b3,297
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $b1.19
1 month of gym membership in business district $b353
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $b15

Map of Cost of Living in Bolivia

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This map shows only the top cities in Bolivia. 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 Bolivia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Potosí 92
2nd La Paz 87
3rd Santa Cruz de la Sierra 84
4th Cochabamba 75

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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