Cost of living in Brazil

Summary of cost of living in Brazil

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 11,548
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 4,843
  • Brazil is the 3rd cheapest country in Latin America (12 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Brazil is cheaper than in 78% of countries in the World (69 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 31
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.69
12 eggs, large R$ 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 5.15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.64
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 45
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.78
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 3,101
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 2,145
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 573
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 2,419
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,551
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 428
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 84
40” flat screen tv R$ 2,038
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 597
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 26
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 19
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 238
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 224
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 351
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 265
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 101,614
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 7
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 228
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 52
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 251
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 16
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.79
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 51
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 97
2 tickets to the movies R$ 57
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 253
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 211
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 27
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 4,011
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.34
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 121
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 11

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Map of Cost of Living in Brazil

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This map shows only the top cities in Brazil. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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 Brazil

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st São Paulo 98
2nd Rio de Janeiro 92
3rd Brasília 91
4th Santos, Sao Paulo 86
5th Porto Alegre 85
6th Campinas 82
7th Belo Horizonte 81
8th Santo André 80
9th Florianopolis 79
10th Curitiba 79
11th Recife 75
12th Salvador 75
13th Osasco 75
14th Vitória 73
15th Goiânia 72
16th Londrina 71
17th Boa Vista 71
18th Natal 71
19th Piracicaba 70
20th Belém 69
21st São Luís 69
22nd Teresina 66
23rd Caxias do Sul 66
24th Guarulhos 66
25th São Carlos 65
26th Bauru 65
27th Maceió 64
28th Chapeco 63
29th Santa Maria 62
30th Pelotas 61
31st Volta Redonda 59
32nd Novo Hamburgo 58
33rd Sao Jose do Rio Preto 57
34th Juiz de Fora 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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  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Fortaleza costs R$ 8 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Natal costs R$ 2,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Florianopolis costs R$ 1,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in São Paulo costs R$ 7 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in São Paulo costs R$ 7 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 10 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 160 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 20 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 15 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Belo Horizonte costs R$ 30 (3 days ago)

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