Whether you're living in Brazil or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

6,900 BRL

average per month

1,700 BRL

Range

15,000 BRL

13,000 BRL

average per month

2,600 BRL

Range

21,000 BRL

21,000 BRL

average per month

6,000 BRL

Range

31,000 BRL

5,200 BRL

average per month

860 BRL

Range

11,000 BRL

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Brazil is 6,900 BRL. Expenses can range from 1,700 BRL at the minimum level to 15,000 BRL at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Brazil is 13,000 BRL. Expenditure can range from 2,600 BRL to 21,000 BRL per month.

The average cost of living for families in Brazil is 21,000 BRL per month. Families spend anywhere from 6,000 BRL to 31,000 BRL.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Brazil is 5,200 BRL. Students spend from 860 BRL to 11,000 BRL per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

1.7 BRL

1.7 BRL

1.7 BRL

combo meal

17 BRL

12 BRL

29 BRL

meal for one

57 BRL

45 BRL

72 BRL

meal for one

140 BRL

95 BRL

170 BRL

Soft Drink

1.4 BRL

1.4 BRL

1.4 BRL

or latte

11 BRL

7.2 BRL

17 BRL

large bottle

8.6 BRL

7.2 BRL

9.6 BRL

bread

1.2 BRL

1.1 BRL

1.4 BRL

eggs

8.6 BRL

7.2 BRL

11 BRL

chicken

20 BRL

16 BRL

25 BRL

1 kg or 1 lb

23 BRL

19 BRL

29 BRL

1 kg or 1 lb

12 BRL

11 BRL

14 BRL

1 kg or 1 lb

5.7 BRL

4.8 BRL

7.2 BRL

1 kg or 1 lb

6.1 BRL

5.4 BRL

6.6 BRL

1 kg or 1 lb

5.9 BRL

5.2 BRL

6.6 BRL

taxi ride

8.6 BRL

7.2 BRL

17 BRL

full tank

57 BRL

43 BRL

110 BRL

1-day rental

57 BRL

43 BRL

86 BRL

price

43,000 BRL

21,000 BRL

57,000 BRL

one way

2.2 BRL

1.4 BRL

4.3 BRL

Service

86 BRL

57 BRL

170 BRL

and water bill

410 BRL

100 BRL

880 BRL

and water bill

520 BRL

130 BRL

1,000 BRL

and water bill

820 BRL

180 BRL

930 BRL

and cable

86 BRL

43 BRL

110 BRL

charges

57 BRL

34 BRL

170 BRL

ticket

29 BRL

21 BRL

43 BRL

membership

86 BRL

69 BRL

170 BRL

or pants

72 BRL

51 BRL

110 BRL

dress

66 BRL

48 BRL

210 BRL

shoes

61 BRL

45 BRL

140 BRL

shoes

48 BRL

39 BRL

95 BRL

suit

54 BRL

43 BRL

290 BRL

t-shirt

29 BRL

21 BRL

86 BRL

apartment

1,100 BRL

720 BRL

2,900 BRL

apartment

1,700 BRL

1,100 BRL

4,300 BRL

apartment

2,100 BRL

1,400 BRL

5,700 BRL

apartment

210,000 BRL

140,000 BRL

430,000 BRL

apartment

290,000 BRL

170,000 BRL

1,100,000 BRL

apartment

860,000 BRL

290,000 BRL

1,700,000 BRL

Bed

1,100 BRL

860 BRL

1,400 BRL

Bed

860 BRL

570 BRL

1,100 BRL

Bed

660 BRL

510 BRL

860 BRL

Room

1,200 BRL

950 BRL

4,300 BRL

Table

570 BRL

430 BRL

1,100 BRL

or Couch

780 BRL

570 BRL

1,700 BRL

Set

860 BRL

570 BRL

1,700 BRL

or Freezer

780 BRL

510 BRL

1,100 BRL

Machine

950 BRL

660 BRL

1,700 BRL

or Cooker

780 BRL

610 BRL

1,100 BRL

Phone

860 BRL

720 BRL

1,200 BRL

or Computer

950 BRL

780 BRL

1,700 BRL

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Brazil

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 620 BRL |

AVERAGE | 2,500 BRL |

HIGH | 5,300 BRL |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 100 BRL |

AVERAGE | 410 BRL |

HIGH | 880 BRL |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 140 BRL |

AVERAGE | 550 BRL |

HIGH | 1,200 BRL |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 270 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,100 BRL |

HIGH | 2,300 BRL |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 150 BRL |

AVERAGE | 620 BRL |

HIGH | 1,300 BRL |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 86 BRL |

AVERAGE | 340 BRL |

HIGH | 730 BRL |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 34 BRL |

AVERAGE | 140 BRL |

HIGH | 290 BRL |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 310 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,200 BRL |

HIGH | 2,600 BRL |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Brazil

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 850 BRL |

AVERAGE | 4,300 BRL |

HIGH | 6,800 BRL |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 130 BRL |

AVERAGE | 520 BRL |

HIGH | 1,000 BRL |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 310 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,500 BRL |

HIGH | 2,500 BRL |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 360 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,800 BRL |

HIGH | 2,900 BRL |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 280 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,400 BRL |

HIGH | 2,300 BRL |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 150 BRL |

AVERAGE | 770 BRL |

HIGH | 1,200 BRL |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 52 BRL |

AVERAGE | 260 BRL |

HIGH | 410 BRL |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 440 BRL |

AVERAGE | 2,200 BRL |

HIGH | 3,500 BRL |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Brazil

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 1,900 BRL |

AVERAGE | 6,600 BRL |

HIGH | 9,900 BRL |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 180 BRL |

AVERAGE | 820 BRL |

HIGH | 930 BRL |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 480 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,600 BRL |

HIGH | 2,500 BRL |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 1,100 BRL |

AVERAGE | 3,700 BRL |

HIGH | 5,600 BRL |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 480 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,600 BRL |

HIGH | 2,500 BRL |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 300 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,000 BRL |

HIGH | 1,500 BRL |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 840 BRL |

AVERAGE | 2,900 BRL |

HIGH | 4,300 BRL |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 720 BRL |

AVERAGE | 2,500 BRL |

HIGH | 3,700 BRL |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Brazil

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 210 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,200 BRL |

HIGH | 2,700 BRL |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 34 BRL |

AVERAGE | 210 BRL |

HIGH | 450 BRL |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 60 BRL |

AVERAGE | 360 BRL |

HIGH | 780 BRL |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 170 BRL |

AVERAGE | 1,000 BRL |

HIGH | 2,200 BRL |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 52 BRL |

AVERAGE | 310 BRL |

HIGH | 670 BRL |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 43 BRL |

AVERAGE | 260 BRL |

HIGH | 560 BRL |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 160 BRL |

AVERAGE | 980 BRL |

HIGH | 2,100 BRL |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 130 BRL |

AVERAGE | 770 BRL |

HIGH | 1,700 BRL |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Brazil typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 3,600 BRL with expenditure ranging from 900 BRL and 6,200 BRL. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Brazil ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 490 BRL with 110 BRL and 820 BRL being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 250 BRL to 1,700 BRL on commuting with 1,000 BRL being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Brazil is 1,900 BRL. The cost of groceries can range between 470 BRL to 3,300 BRL. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Brazil allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 240 BRL to 1,700 BRL with 1,000 BRL being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 150 BRL to 1,000 BRL with 600 BRL being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 1,100 BRL per month with 270 BRL being the minimum spent amount and 1,800 BRL being the maximum.

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