Paris – San Juan


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I’m living in one of the most expensive cities in the world: Paris. Though, as a student I must say my life is not that glamorous. I might be asked – probably next year – to pursue my research in San Juan, a city I’ve been to a few times but haven’t really explored. Is life expensive in San Juan? Probably a silly question from someone who lives in the French capital.

In theory the cost of living in San Juan is lower than the cost of living in many major cities on the US mainland. But I also remember that while not everything is the-Big-Appple prices, most everything is on par with US  prices, regardless of income. Plus,  San Juan doesn’t have a good public transportation system either. I may need to buy a car.

So, I tried to make a comparison (mere curiosity) of costs of living between the two cities by using an online-cost-of-living-calculator. Just wondering about the accuracy of this information…

Indices Difference

Consumer Prices in San Juan are 31.71% lower than in Paris
Consumer Prices Including Rent in San Juan are 40.33% lower than in Paris
Rent Prices in San Juan are 57.14% lower than in Paris
Restaurant Prices in San Juan are 31.56% lower than in Paris
Groceries Prices in San Juan are 30.44% lower than in Paris
Local Purchasing Power in San Juan is 9.03% lower than in Paris

 

  Paris

  San Juan

      Difference

Restaurants
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
12.00 €
    9.05 €
     -24.61 %
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
50.00 €
    37.70 €
     -24.61 %
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar
7.00 €
    4.90 €
     -29.99 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
6.00 €
    1.13 €
     -81.15 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)
5.00 €
    2.45 €
     -51.00 %
Cappuccino (regular)
3.00 €
    2.26 €
     -24.61 %
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)
3.00 €
    0.89 €
     -70.47 %
Water (0.33 liter bottle)
2.00 €
    0.94 €
     -52.88 %
 
 
Markets
Milk (regular), 1 liter
1.00 €
    1.19 €
     +19.50 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)
1.20 €
    1.78 €
     +48.20 %
Rice (1kg)
2.00 €
    1.45 €
     -27.40 %
Eggs (12)
2.80 €
    1.73 €
     -38.07 %
Local Cheese (1kg)
14.22 €
    7.83 €
     -44.91 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)
12.70 €
    3.39 €
     -73.30 %
Apples (1kg)
3.00 €
    3.31 €
     +10.25 %
Oranges (1kg)
3.00 €
    3.32 €
     +10.80 %
Tomato (1kg)
3.54 €
    2.66 €
     -24.88 %
Potato (1kg)
2.00 €
    1.66 €
     -16.90 %
Lettuce (1 head)
1.55 €
    1.51 €
     -2.46 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle)
1.00 €
    1.51 €
     +50.78 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)
6.00 €
    8.29 €
     +38.21 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)
1.50 €
    1.04 €
     -30.89 %
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)
2.00 €
    1.88 €
     -5.76 %
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)
6.40 €
    4.52 €
     -29.32 %
Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
1.80 €
    0.94 €
     -47.65 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)
62.90 €
    22.62 €
     -64.04 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)
2.45 €
    1.32 €
     -46.15 %
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)
1.00 €
    1.43 €
     +43.24 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)
31.16 €
    18.09 €
     -41.94 %
Gasoline (1 liter)
1.64 €
    0.72 €
     -56.31 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)
18,500.00 €
    19,601.40 €
     +5.95 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment
150.00 €
    216.75 €
     +44.50 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)
0.30 €
    0.11 €
     -62.30 %
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)
30.00 €
    37.70 €
     +25.65 %
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult
92.50 €
    26.39 €
     -71.47 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)
20.00 €
    7.54 €
     -62.30 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat
10.50 €
    5.28 €
     -49.74 %
 
 
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)
90.00 €
    35.81 €
     -60.21 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)
30.00 €
    37.70 €
     +25.65 %
1 Pair of Nike Shoes
80.00 €
    60.31 €
     -24.61 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes
120.00 €
    75.39 €
     -37.18 %
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre
1,000.00 €
    603.12 €
     -39.69 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre
775.00 €
    376.95 €
     -51.36 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre
2,500.00 €
    848.14 €
     -66.07 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre
1,750.00 €
    753.90 €
     -56.92 %
 
 
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre
10,000.00 €
    2,353.32 €
     -76.47 %
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre
6,750.00 €
    933.21 €
     -86.17 %
Salaries And Financing
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)
2,500.00 €
    1,357.02 €
     -45.72 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly
4.00
    6.00
     +50.00 %
 
 
Last update
August, 2013
August, 2013
 
Contributors (past 18 months)
218
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Currency: EUR
 

Cost of living

Cost of Living Index (Current, By City)

Cost of Living Index (Current, By City)

 

Source: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=France&city1=Paris&country2=Puerto+Rico&city2=San+Juan

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