Mexico City is the capital and largest city of Mexico. Mexico City is one of the major political, economic, cultural and financial centres of the country. The city federal district produces 21.8% of the country's gross domestic product. Mexico is in North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States. The climate varies from tropical to desert. The official language is Spanish. Mexican Spanish contains many words and phrases that are particular to the country and tend to be more florid and less direct than peninsular Spanish. There are no significant differences in the Spanish of different regions, only in accent: costeños (Mexicans from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts) can be harder to understand. English is spoken by hotel staff and some business people, particularly in the US border region, the big cities and popular tourist resorts. Many indigenous languages are spoken in the remote rural areas, such as the Mayan communities of the Yucatan. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Mexico is the 11th largest in the world and is a free market mixed economy, and is firmly established as an upper middle-income country The economy contains rapidly developing modern industrial and service sectors, with increasing private ownership. In Mexico conversations take place at a much closer physical distance than expatriates may be accustomed to at home. Stepping back during conversation may be regarded as unfriendly. The security risk for expatriates in Mexico is medium to high. Risks include violent and opportunistic crime, violence during clashes between rival gangs / the security forces, and kidnapping. The currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN). International debit and credit cards are widely accepted for payment and in ATMs. Good private medical facilities are available but can be expensive. Payment may be required up front. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus, as well as cholera have been reported. The population of Mexico City is 20.4 Million (Urban) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.02% for Mexico as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Mexico is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Mexico City is as follows: Mexico City as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$860. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$7.72, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.12, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.38 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$2.57. 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1170. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$44, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$78, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$78 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$34. 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$136. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$27, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.07 per minute. 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$18000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$11,693 for Primary School, and USD$13,012 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$3000. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$838, and USD$719 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$780. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.01, 1 kg oranges USD$0.88, 1 head lettuce USD$0.80, 1 kg potatos USD$1.19, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.81, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$5.16, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.47, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.44, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.97, and 1.5 L water USD$0.71. 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$740. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$60, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,837. 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2800. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,467 in a central location, and USD$1,454 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$850. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$16.56, while an international newspaper is USD$5.10. 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$365. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$29, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$145. 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$415. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$4.12, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$49 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$630. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.13, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.65, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.14, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$25.72. 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$610. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.05, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$17,490. Mexico City is 21.9% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 30.1% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 3.1% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Mexico City for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Mexico City) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Mexico City is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Mexico City? Register subscribe to your home location and Mexico City and run your personalised reports.