Cost of Living in Puerto Rico

The cost of living in Puerto Rico is expensive, especially in comparison to the United States. Since the recession hit, the country has struggled with high inflation prices, and a growing unemployment rate of 12-13% and a 41% poverty rate.

Despite being home to a number of American chain stores- which makes up the highest concentration in the world- residents face high costs for many necessities, while earning a remarkably low per capita income that equals to half of US average.

In Mercer's Cost of Living report for 2015, Puerto Rico ranked 89th out of 207 countries. 

Cost of accommodation in Puerto Rico

Housing is expensive, and expats will find that a large portion of their salary will go towards it. Apartments are most common.

It is reported that the average cost of a 2,400-square-foot (4 bedrooms, 2 baths) house in Puerto Rico is about $310,500  a hefty sum for expats if looking to buy property. 

Cost of living in Puerto Rico chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for November 2015.

Accommodation (monthly rent in good area)

Furnished two bedroom apartment

USD 1,500

Unfurnished two bedroom apartment

USD 1,000


Eggs (dozen)

USD 3.05

Milk (1 litre)

USD 1.90

Rice (1kg)


Loaf of white bread

USD 2.85

Chicken breasts (1kg)

USD 6.05

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)


Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca-Cola (330ml)

USD 1.18


USD 2.85

Bottle of local beer


Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

USD 55


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

USD 0.17

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

USD 70

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

USD 300


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

USD 1.80

Bus/train fare in the city centre

USD 1.50

Petrol/Gasoline (per litre)

USD 0.75

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