Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 46,398
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 22,323
  • Mexico is the 4th cheapest country in Latin America (14 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 74% of countries in the World (70 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 244
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 138
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 23
12 eggs, large Mex$ 37
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 75
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 47
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 265
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 33
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 18,913
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 9,499
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,089
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 11,669
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 6,034
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 850
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 402
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,396
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,437
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 115
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 109
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 917
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 652
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,593
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,242
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 332,628
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 21
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 504
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 84
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 199
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 580
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 76
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 55
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 58
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 30
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 32
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 231
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 318
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 156
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 742
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 741
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 149
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 82
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 42
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 12,133
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.74
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 909
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 67

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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 Monterrey 106
2nd Mexico City 96
3rd Tijuana 94
4th Mérida 90
5th Hermosillo 88
6th Zapopan 88
7th Puebla 88
8th Queretaro 84
9th Guadalajara 84
10th Puerto Vallarta 82
11th Playa del Carmen 82
12th Villahermosa 78
13th Oaxaca 77
14th Ensenada 77
15th Cuernavaca 77
16th Mazatlán 75
17th Culiacán 73
18th La Paz 73
19th Veracruz 71
20th Tampico 71
21st Aguascalientes 69
22nd Xalapa 65
23rd Reynosa 64

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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Monterrey costs Mex$ 8,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Celaya costs Mex$ 200 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Cabo San Lucas costs Mex$ 22 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Queretaro costs Mex$ 160 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Queretaro costs Mex$ 250 (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Queretaro costs Mex$ 250 (2 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Queretaro costs Mex$ 40 (2 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Queretaro costs Mex$ 30 (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Queretaro costs Mex$ 60 (2 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Queretaro costs Mex$ 50 (2 days ago)

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