Global Property Guide

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Currency +/- Value - Costa Rica Compared to Latin America

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Uruguay $ 0.77
Costa Rica $ 0.69
Argentina $ 0.68
Brazil $ 0.65
Panama $ 0.59
Chile $ 0.58
Guyana $ 0.56
Venezuela $ 0.55
Ecuador $ 0.52
Guatemala $ 0.51
Honduras $ 0.50
Peru $ 0.49
El Salvador $ 0.48
Mexico $ 0.47
Suriname $ 0.46
Bolivia $ 0.45
Colombia $ 0.43
Paraguay $ 0.42
Nicaragua $ 0.38

Costa Rica: Currency +/- valuation index

This is a cost of living indicator. The figure shows how much how much a bundle of goods and services costing US$1 in the US would cost in other countries (similar to The Economist's Big Mac Index).

To arrive at the figure, the Global Property Guide takes the difference between the IMF's nominal GDP figures, and their purchasing power parity GDP figures for the latest year available.

Note that currency undervaluation (as measured by PPP) is not a good predictor of future currency movements.

These cost of living indicators refer to data collected annually (for date of collection, see Data FAQ )

Source: calculated using figures from the IMF World Economic Outlook Database


Costa Rica does not publish house price statistics. The Banco Central de Costa Rica has general statistics on production, employment, business confidence, the country's fiscal position, etc. The Instituto Nacional de Estad'stica y Censos has rather basic web pages. The Ministerio de Hacienda de la Republica de Costa Rica has quite a creditable-looking set of pages, but some of the actual data is very old.