The cost of living in Puerto Rico is, on the whole, significantly lower than that of the US. However, it's still by no means cheap. In Mercer's Cost of Living report for 2019, San Juan ranked 72nd out of 209 countries, placing it on a par with large European cities such as Brussels, Belgium and Frankfurt, Germany.

Cost of accommodation in Puerto Rico

Expats will find that a large portion of their salary will go towards accommodation in Puerto Rico. Apartments are most common and are cheaper than freestanding houses. As with most places, housing is priciest in city centres and tends to be lower in outlying suburbs. In addition, smaller cities outside of San Juan are generally cheaper than living in the capital.

Cost of healthcare in Puerto Rico

Most expats opt to use private healthcare in Puerto Rico. The cost of this is much less than one would expect, however, given that one is properly insured. Health insurance in Puerto Rico is well-known for being low-priced but comprehensive. 

Cost of education in Puerto Rico

The cost of education in Puerto Rico will vary greatly depending on whether parents send their child to a public or private school. Public schools are free to attend but the language barrier can be difficult to overcome for non-Spanish-speaking families. Private schools are more likely to teach bilingually or in English. Tuition at these schools is pricey though.

Cost of living in Puerto Rico chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for September 2019.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

1,200 - 1,700 USD

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

700 - 1,000 USD

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

500 - 900 USD

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

400 - 600 USD


Eggs (dozen)

2.60 USD

Milk (1 litre)

1.80 USD

Rice (1kg)


Loaf of white bread


Chicken breasts (1kg)

8.50 USD

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

9.50 USD

Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca-Cola (330ml)

1.10 USD


3.50 USD

Bottle of local beer


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

50 USD


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

0.25 USD

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

50 USD

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

250 USD


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

1.50 USD

Bus/train fare in the city centre

1.50 USD

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

0.75 USD

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