Cost of living in Mexico

Summary of cost of living in Mexico

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 47,422
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Mex$ 22,374
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 64% of countries in Latin America (9 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Mexico is cheaper than in 75% of countries in the World (58 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Mex$ 259
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Mex$ 144
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Mex$ 64
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Mex$ 24
12 eggs, large Mex$ 42
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Mex$ 25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Mex$ 78
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Mex$ 48
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Mex$ 30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Mex$ 25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Mex$ 285
2 liters of coca-cola Mex$ 34
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Mex$ 22
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Mex$ 18,909
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Mex$ 9,023
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Mex$ 1,019
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Mex$ 12,036
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Mex$ 6,527
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Mex$ 700
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Mex$ 385
40” flat screen tv Mex$ 7,439
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 2,432
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Mex$ 113
Hourly rate for cleaning help Mex$ 120
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Mex$ 926
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Mex$ 699
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 1,616
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Mex$ 1,274
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Mex$ 351,338
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Mex$ 22
Monthly ticket public transport Mex$ 548
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Mex$ 85
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Mex$ 180
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Mex$ 615
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Mex$ 72
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Mex$ 57
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Mex$ 64
4 rolls of toilet paper Mex$ 32
Tube of toothpaste Mex$ 36
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Mex$ 220
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Mex$ 354
2 tickets to the movies Mex$ 160
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Mex$ 823
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Mex$ 790
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Mex$ 148
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Mex$ 84
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Mex$ 44
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Mex$ 13,012
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Mex$ 2.62
1 month of gym membership in business district Mex$ 889
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Mex$ 69

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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 Cancún 99
3rd Mexico City 94
4th Zapopan 94
5th Mérida 92
6th Puerto Vallarta 91
7th Queretaro 90
8th Guadalajara 86
9th Puebla 84
10th Playa del Carmen 82
11th Mazatlán 82
12th Villahermosa 81
13th Ensenada 80
14th Culiacán 76
15th Veracruz 72
16th Tampico 71
17th Cuautitlán Izcalli 71
18th Aguascalientes 70
19th Xalapa 66

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Mexico City costs Mex$ 60 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Mexico City costs Mex$ 70 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Mexico City costs Mex$ 150 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Mexico City costs Mex$ 600 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Mexico City costs Mex$ 200 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Mexico City costs Mex$ 200 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Mexico City costs Mex$ 250 (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Mexico City costs Mex$ 25 (1 day ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Mexico City costs Mex$ 30 (1 day ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Mexico City costs Mex$ 50 (1 day ago)

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