Anyone living in Costa Rica will tell you, while experts confirm that living in Costa Rica has gotten expensive. In fact, it is the most expensive country to live in the region and one of the most expensive in Latin America.
According to the poll ‘cost of living 2011’, San José is the city with the high cost of living in Central America.
The 2012 Mercer Cost of Living Survey compared 214 cities in five continents, with San José placing 165 worldwide, but number one in Central America. In contrast, Managua (Nicaragua) is the most economical city in the region.
The survery backs up what residents and visitors feel, as deeper pockets are needed to live and visit the country.
Economists of national universities say there are several reasons for this, the appreciation of the Colon and the higher minimum salaries in the region.
On average Costa Rica’s minimum salaries are almost double that of other countries in the Central America, which in turn elevates the prices of goods and services.
Another factor cited by experts is that Costa Rica has a higher percentage of “formal” (or legal) workers than the rest of Central America.