The Cost of Living in Santiago (2023)

Over my time here in Chile I’ve come across plenty of people that are surprised by the cost of living in Santiago. Some of them naively assumed that living in South America is cheap, or they are basing their ideas on having lived in other countries.

The reality is that Santiago is an expensive city to live. This post is going to break down the costs and what to expect so you can make an informed decision before making the move or accepting a job offer.


When I arrived in February 2010, things were more affordable. Unfortunately the price of real estate (and rent) has risen significantly. To give you an idea, in February 2011 I rented by first apartment in Ñuñoa for $180.000 a month. It was 1 bedroom and 1 bath, and included a parking space. It was a small 1 bedroom, but it worked for me. It was a large building, so the gastos comunes were divided among many apartments and was therefore quite low at only $30.000 per month. I lucked out in the sense that the real estate agent managing the property didn’t realize that he hadn’t raised the rent for 7 years, and it was a huge benefit to have money to pay off my student loans, travel, and get by during leaner months when I had fewer classes. Before that I was sharing a room in a house and then an apartment with Chileans and other foreigners. I was paying $95.000 for the room, and then the gastos comunes and electricity and water bills were split among all of us. Most months I paid between $110.000 and $120.000.

Now my housing situation is much different. I’m still living in a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in Ñuñoa, but my rent is now $350.000. The square footage of the apartment is about the same, but it is a much better layout and I also have balcony. With the new apartment also came higher gastos comunes, which are between $70.000 and $80.000 per month.

I should add that there are places with cheaper rent. If you’re willing to live in downtown Santiago or places that are further away such as San Miguel, La Florida, you can find cheaper rent. No matter the situation, you will want to ask what the gastos comunes are per month, see what your work commute will be like, and get a feel for the neighborhood. Some people might like neighborhoods that are very quiet, but there might not be many stupermarkets or restaurants around. Other places might be loud and bustling but have lots of nightlife and food options.

There is also the option of renting a room somewhere. If you decide to pursue that route, it will be easier if you don’t have all of the requirements to rent an apartment on your own such as a Chilean ID card, a work contract or boletas showing 3 times the rental amount, and a credit check. You will need to be sure to do your homework on the owner of the apartment and have a written contract to be sure that there are no misunderstandings about what costs are included and what’s not included, procedures for moving out, and any other issues that might come up. I have heard of landlords that try to charge people for a maid that comes to clean the apartment once a week or for the cost of a new cylinder of gas for cooking, but those costs were not disclosed in a contract or when they moved in. From what I have seen, rooms are going for between $180.000 up to $300.000 per month.

In any case, you are usually required to pay a 1-month security deposit. You will need to factor that cost into your expenses.

Groceries and Eating Out

Food and eating out is another area that has gotten more expensive over time.

To give some background, I live alone and don’t drink alcohol. I rarely eat red meat, but I do eat a good amount of chicken. I usually keep sweets out of my apartment and don’t buy much prepackaged/processed food with the exception of lunchmeat. Most months I spend between $170.000 and $190.000 on groceries. I should add that I could save money on vegetables by shopping at farmers markets, but I haven’t found any near my apartment and have accepted paying more for convenience (at least for now).

As for eating out, I spend a good amount of money in this area. Because I don’t have a fixed office where I work and can heat up lunch or dinner, I find myself either taking sandwiches or salads with me to eat between classes or get something to eat between classes at sit down places. I also meet with friends to get lunch or dinner 2 or 3 times per month, and a few times a month I’ll order pizza or Peruvian. I try to avoid fast food, but if I do get it, it usually costs between $3.500 and $5.000. If I get lunch or dinner at a mid range restaurant I usually pay between $8.000 and $12.000 for the meal and a soft drink. I also go out to coffee shops or restaurants with wifi in order to combine a meal with getting work done for classes. (As I type this, I am at Tony Roma’s in Viña del Mar.) I spend between $70.000 and $90.000 per month. I could definitely spend less in this area, and it’s something that I consider a luxury that I enjoy (when it comes to eating out with friends and ordering in) but also a necessity when I have to kill an hour or two between classes and am tired of sandwiches and salads and would like to have a nice place to sit down and work.


The cost of transportation has also risen significantly with time. I remember getting my BIP card in 2010 and the fare being about $500. Now if you take the subway during the rush hour it is $800.

If you’re intentional with your travel around the city, you can save money by taking advantage of the 120 minute/3 ride allowance. If you take 2 or 3 rides within 120 minutes without taking the same bus number and without taking the subway more than once, it counts as one fare. There is a small charge of between $20 and $80 if you take the subway, but it still makes it worth it.

I think out the errands I need to run and when I’ll be in that area for classes, and I take advantage of the ride allowance as much as possible. Sometimes I will also get a colectivo if I’m in a rush or would be paying for one ride anyway, as the cost works out to be about the same. In a typical month, I spend between $40.000 and $50.000 on my BIP card to get around for classes and errands. You do also have Uber and Beat as alternatives to taxis, and I find their prices to be cheaper than taxis and with better service.

If you are living in the outskirts and need to take an
additional bus that doesn’t accept a BIP card, you should allow an additional $700 or more for each trip.

Health Insurance

There is a public system for health insurance in Chile, and there are also private health insurance companies. The public system Fonasa is less expensive in most cases and most consultations are free or very low cost, but waiting times can be very long. Isapres (private health insurance companies) can vary in cost and quality, and their premiums are usually more expensive but provide better coverage.

For my first year in Chile I had travel insurance with emergency coverage, and for the next few years after that I got an insurance plan with Cruz Blanca for about $25.000 per month. As it became clear that I would be staying in Chile, I upgraded my plan for better coverage. I’m currently paying $82.000 per month. While that is a lot of money, I have gotten 90% coverage for going to the nutritionist (only paying $3.000 for a $30.000 consultation) and excellent coverage for psychotherapy (covering 90% of the cost at Clinica Indisa and afterwards reimbursing me for $37.000 per session for a session costing $45.000). I have reached the limit for
psychotherapy coverage and now get back about $9.000 per session, but it is an annual limit. In the case of needing therapy in 2020 that limit will reset and I will get the higher reimbursement again.

It’s important to consider that since I am a male my premiums are less than for women. Health insurance companies factor in that women can have children and that they might have additional healthcare costs that men don’t, so if you are shopping around and are a woman you’ll want to keep that in mind.

Internet, Cell Phone, TV, and Entertainment

I find the cost of an internet connection to be expensive if you’re living on your own. I pay about $26.000 per month for a decent wifi connection with VTR.

As for my cell phone, I purchased a nice (but not cutting-edge) smartphone from the Samsung store, and I pay $7.000 per month for an antiplan with Virgin Mobile which includes 4 GB of data, 100 minutes, and 100 messages. The benefit of Virgin Mobile is that you are not locked into a plan paying a certain amount per month; once the month is over you can renew the same plan or change to another one with more or less coverage depending on what you need. I like the flexibility, and if I ever do have problems with the service I know I’ll be able to change to another company without a problem.

I don’t have cable TV, as I don’t really watch enough TV to justify paying $20.000 to $25.000 per month. I do have Spotify to listen to music on the go and Netflix to watch Friends whenever I want, but I am considering cancelling Netflix considering I don’t really watch anything else and know that I can also entertain myself with videos on Youtube or reading.

Other Utilities

Your electric bill may or may not be included in your rent depending on what your contract says. In my case it isn’t, and my bill is usually about $8.000 per month. I am quite frugal with my electricity use. I don’t leave things plugged in if I’m not using them, and I turn off lights when I’m leaving a room. In winter I use my electric heater sparingly, and I’m the same way with my portable air conditioner in summer.

Water is not included in my rent either, and I usually pay about $2.000 per month. Hot water use is included in your gastos comunes and is charged based on the use per apartment. My hot water bill usually comes to $2.000 or $3.000 per month. As you can see, I am also frugal with my water consumption.

The cost of these utilities will vary based on where you live, so you might want to ask people in a neighborhood or building how much they pay to get an idea of what to expect.

Taxes and Pension Payments

Since I work independently and issue boletas, I need to pay 10% of my total income every month as an anticipated income tax. In May of each year I then get a tax refund based on the what my actual income tax is and what I have paid, but this is currently changing. In any case, I need to be sure to have 10% of my income to pay every month. If you work for a company, however, they are responsible for paying this 10%.

The social security system is privatized, and you are supposed to make contributions to an AFP every month that go to your pension. This money is notoriously poorly managed, and returns are so low that many people are against being required to contribute. They would prefer to invest the money on their own, and there have been many protests to get rid of the privatized system. In any case, you are supposed to pay 10% of your boletas into the system. If you work with a contract, I believe they deduct 7% of your monthly income to go towards your health insurance and 13% to go towards your pension.

I am not an expert in these matters, and they are changing with time. Before making any decision be sure to consult an expert.

Intangible costs to consider

Santiago is a major city, and with it comes some other things to keep in mind. Traffic during the rush hour in the morning and after work can be an absolute nightmare, and if you’re the type of person that does not do well with traffic and can’t arrange your schedule to avoid it, you will want to factor it in before making the decision to make a permanent move here.

The smog and pollution are also areas for concern. If you have respiratory problems, they could be aggravated due to the buildup of smog and pollution. Santiago has been getting much less rainfall in the past 5 years compared to before, so the air gets cleaned much less often than before. This may not affect you if you don’t spend much time outside, but if you like to go jogging or hiking it might.

Last but not least, Chileans in general are big partiers. There are birthdays, barbecues, bars, and celebrations for any occasion, and they will often go late into the night and early into the morning without any regard for neighbors that want to sleep. If you live in a building or area with people that don’t respect that others want to sleep, it can have a long-term effect on your sleep and mental health.

If you do like having lots of restaurants and nightlife and almost anything you need in the city, Santiago is great for that. It’s also located not far from the beach or the mountains, making day trips and weekend getaways easy.

So, what’s the bottom line? How much money do I need to live comfortably in Santiago?

I have not included the costs of things like a gym membership, cleaning and home supplies, and toiletries in any of the categories. I find that they really depend on the person, and since I have no experience with female toiletries I don’t think I should be quoting prices or tell people what to expect to pay. Given that caveat, onto the calculations!

Here are a few calculations assuming you’d like to rent your own apartment and that you don’t need to worry about taxes or a pension payment:

  • Living in a 1-bedroom apartment $250.000-$400.000
  • gastos comunes (may be included in rent) $40.000-80.000
  • utilities (may be included in rent) $10.000-25.000
  • internet (may be included in rent) $25.000-$30.000
  • cell phone service $7.000-$20.0000
  • transportation $40.000-$50.000
  • groceries $150.000-$200.000
  • eating out $40.000-$100.000
  • health insurance $25.000-$100.000

Grand total for a low budget: $522.000

This amount is based on finding an apartment for $250.000 with gastos comunes and internet access included. It also assumes that you are frugal at the supermarket at are on the lower end of spending for eating out and have a cheap health insurance plan.

Grand total for a mid-range budget: $785.000

This is based on finding an apartment for $350.000 and needing to pay a moderate amount for gastos comunes and needing to pay for your own internet. It also assumes a moderate budget for groceries and eating out as well as a moderate health insurance plan.

Grand total for a higher-end budget: $1.000.000

This is based on a monthly rent of $400.000 and paying gastos comunes, internet, groceries, a phone plan, transportation, and eating out at the top end of the budget. It also assumes having a health insurance plan of $100.000.

Here is a breakdown of costs if you decide to rent a room instead of an entire apartment (again not including taxes or a pension payment):

  • Renting a room $180.000-250.000
  • gastos comunes (may be included in rent) $20.000-50.000
  • utilities (may be included in rent) $5.000-$15.000
  • internet (may be included in rent) $15.000-$20.000
  • cell phone service $7.000-$20.0000
  • transportation $40.000-$50.000
  • groceries $150.000-$200.000
  • eating out $40.000-100.000
  • health insurance $25.000-$100.000

Grand total for a low budget: $482.000

This amount is based on renting a room for $180.000 with a low cost for gastos comunes, utilities, and internet. (It would be rare to find them included with a rent at that price). It also assumes the low end of the budget in the other areas.

Grand total for a mid-range budget: $617.000

This is based on finding an room for $220.000 and paying a low amount for gastos comunes, utilities, and internet. The other costs are considered at the mid range of the prices provided.

Grand total for a higher-end budget: $805.000

This is based on a paying $250.00 for a room and being at the top end of the budget for gastos comunes, utilities, and internet. The other costs have also been calculated based on the top end of the indicated prices.

In Conclusion

Santiago is an expensive city, and most jobs do not pay enough for people from the United States to live the type of lifestyle they may be used to. If you do decide to move to Santiago it can be done, but you should come with at least $1500 in startup funds to cover the cost of a security deposit for a room/apartment, buying furniture, travel, visa processing, and other expenses that will inevitably come up.

Last but not least, there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself without spending money. Going to a park, meeting friends and cooking at home, starting a book club, hosting a potluck, and playing board games are all no-cost or very low-cost forms of entertainment that help keep your budget in check while cultivating authentic friendships and relationships.

Are there any costs that I have forgotten about? Has your experience been different? If so, feel free to leave a comment!


What is the cost of living in Santiago Chile? ›

Cost of Living in Santiago
Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
🏨 Rent & Utilities$440$770
🍽️ Food$300$786
🚐 Transport$140$365
💳 Monthly salary after tax$616
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How much money do I need to live comfortably in Chile? ›

Summary: Family of four estimated monthly costs are 2,014$ (1,857,608CL$) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 574$ (529,323CL$) without rent. Cost of living in Chile is, on average, 44.53% lower than in United States.

What is a good salary in Santiago Chile? ›

Salary Range

The average salary in Chile ranges from 4,73,000 CLP per month (actual minimum salary) to 8,340,000 CLP per month (actual maximum salary).

How much does a meal cost in Santiago? ›

Prices in restaurants in Santiago.
Meal in a cheap restaurant7,000 CLP (4,500-12,000)
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course40,000 CLP (30,000-60,000)
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)6,000 CLP (5,000-6,100)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)3,000 CLP (2,000-4,000)
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Is Santiago a good place to live? ›

Santiago, Chile, is characterized by low taxes. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in housing, cost of living and business freedom. Santiago is one of the top ten city matches for 1.7% of Teleport users.
Leisure & Culture.
Art galleries91
Zoos [score]0.85
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Is Chile rich or poor country? ›

Being rich in a poor country also has costs.
RankCountryGDP-PPP ($)
65St. Kitts and Nevis27,608
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Is it easy to get citizenship in Chile? ›

The Chilean nationality law dictates that to apply for Chilean nationality, permanent residents need to have lived for a total of five year in the country. Additionally, you'll have to have a good amount of knowledge of Chilean culture and also need to prove proficiency in Spanish.

Is Chile worth living in? ›

Chile is one of the safest, most politically stable countries in South America, with a well-established middle-class, good medical facilities and a well-developed infrastructure.
Cost of Living in Chile.
ItemU.S. $
Monthly total:$1,498
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What is the highest paying job in Chile? ›

The highest paid Chile are Executive Management & Change professionals at $144,000 annually. The lowest paid Chile are Programme & Project Management professionals at $45,000.

How much do apartments cost in Chile? ›

Cost of living in Chile chart
One-bedroom apartment in the city centreCLP 340,000
One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centreCLP 290,000
Three-bedroom apartment in the city centreCLP 580,000
Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centreCLP 510,000
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Are taxes high in Chile? ›

Personal Income Tax Rate in Chile is expected to reach 40.00 percent by the end of 2022, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Chile Personal Income Tax Rate is projected to trend around 40.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

What do people in Chile do for work? ›

Agriculture and mining are important primary sector industries in Chile, but the financial and tourism sectors also provide good opportunities for eager expats.

Is Santiago an expensive city? ›

Cost of Living in Santiago

While the cost of living is more expensive than 63% of Latin American cities, it's cheaper than the majority of cities around the globe.

How much does a bottle of water cost in Chile? ›

RestaurantsAverage price
Imported beer (0.33L bottle)$4,600 CLP
Capuccino (regular)$1,800CLP
Coke / Pepsi (can)$950CLP
Water (0.33L bottle)$1000 CLP
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How much does a pair of shoes cost in Chile? ›

As of that point in time, the average price for a pair of ankle boots in Chile amounted to approximately 57.82 U.S. dollars.
Average price of selected types of shoes in Chile as of April 2018 (in U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicPrice in U.S. dollars
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What are people in Santiago like? ›

Many of the local people living in Santiago have never left their home country. This means that they like tradition and are not very used to foreigners imposing a new and different way of life on them. This can be most clearly seen in the importance that they attach to their national language, Spanish.

Is Santiago a beautiful city? ›

From glittering glass skyscrapers, historic buildings to snowcapped mountains, Santiago is a pretty shiny city in South America that's perfect for a city break.

Is Santiago a smart city? ›

Santiago de Chile - towards a sustainable future

With more than 6 million inhabitants (and over 8 million people in the metropolitan area), it is one of the largest smart cities in Latin America. Santiago has a rich history it can build on.

Which country is No 1 rich country? ›

The United States tops the list of countries with the largest number of billionaires. Forbes estimates that 735 of the world's 2,578 billionaires are American citizens.

Is Chile a 3rd world country? ›

Chile is a developing country with a high-income economy and ranks 42nd in the Human Development Index. It is among the most economically and socially stable nations in South America, leading Latin America in rankings of competitiveness, per capita income, globalization, state of peace, and economic freedom.

Which country is No 1 poor country? ›

Burundi is the world's poorest country followed by Central African Republic, DR Congo, South Sudan and Somalia as the poorest. The richest countries are Luxembourg, Singapore, Ireland, Qatar and Switzerland. Soberingly, 19 of the 20 poorest countries are all located in Africa.

Which country gives faster citizenship? ›

Bolivia is among the few nations in the World that allows you to become a citizen after marrying and living there for two years. Individuals who've already lived in Bolivia legally for three years in a row could apply for Citizenship.

Which country gives you fastest citizenship? ›

The fastest way of getting a second passport is participating in the St Kitts and Nevis or Vanuatu citizenship by investment program. The obtaining period is 2 months. In Vanuatu, it's easier to pass the Due Diligence check, but a St Kitts and Nevis passport provides more benefits.

Are Chile passports powerful? ›

The Chilean passport currently ranks on the 19th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 172 countries. With a high mobility score it is one of the more desirable passports in the world.

Does Chile have free healthcare? ›

Chilean nationals and legal residents have access to free and subsidised public healthcare. This is managed through the government-run FONASA scheme with additional cover via privately run health insurers.

Is Chile high income? ›

The Economy of Chile is a market economy and high-income economy as ranked by the World Bank.
Economy of Chile.
Country groupDeveloping/Emerging High-income economy
Population19,250,195 (2022)
GDP$310.866 billion (nominal, 2022) $608.5 billion (PPP, 2022)
GDP rank45th (nominal, 2022) 45th (PPP, 2022)
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What is the hourly wage in Chile? ›

Chile Wages Data
Minimum Wages400000 CLP/Month | 439.4 USD/Month2022
Wages6030 CLP/Hour | 1059.833 USD/MonthSep/22
Wages High Skilled1154700 CLP/Month | 1406.884 USD/Month2018
Wages Low Skilled388700 CLP/Month | 473.591 USD/Month2018

What is the average income of a person who lives in Chile? ›

In 2020, the average wage in Chile amounted to approximately 26,728 U.S. dollars per year, down from 29,579 dollars in the previous year.
Average annual wage in Chile from 2016 to 2020 (in constant U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicAverage wage in U.S. dollars
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How much do you tip in Chile? ›

In Chile, 98% of restaurants, bars, pubs and coffee shops will add 10% to your bill total (it should be properly stated in the bill). 10% is the expected bill if service was good. If your waiter or maitre d' were excellent, maybe consider something extra.

How long can I stay in Chile without a visa? ›

U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile. A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days.

How much does electricity cost in Chile? ›

For comparison, the average price of electricity in the world for that period is 0.143 U.S. Dollar per kWh for households and 0.138 U.S. Dollar for businesses.
Chile electricity prices.
Chile electricity pricesHousehold, kWhBusiness, kWh
U.S. Dollar0.1540.113
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Can a foreigner buy a house in Chile? ›

Can a foreigner buy a property in Chile? Yes, the Chilean legislation allows a foreigner to buy real estate, whether he is resident or not. A passport number is enough to buy a property. Yet, we advise you to ask a temporary RUT to the tax service.

Is it rude to tip in Chile? ›

Tipping is discretionary in Chile and is seen as a reward for good service. Tips should be in Chilean pesos . If you do leave tips in US dollars – bills only – in a hotel, make sure the bills are unmarked and undamaged.

What are the pros and cons of living in Chile? ›

Cost of living in Chile
  • + Pro: Affordable rent. ...
  • - Con: Groceries are expensive. ...
  • - Con: Education is expensive. ...
  • + Pro: Relatively strong economy. ...
  • - Con: Slow pace. ...
  • - Con: Job market restrictions. ...
  • - Con: Language barrier. ...
  • + Pro: Good public transport network.

Is there poverty in Chile? ›

Amid the ceasing of emergency transfers and challenging macroeconomic conditions, poverty (US$5.5 a day) is projected to increase to 4.7 percent and the Gini coefficient to 0.46 in 2022.

Is it hard to get a job in Chile? ›

Helped by multiple trade agreements with countries around the globe, Chile has one of South America's strongest economies. As a foreigner, securing employment in Chile can often be difficult due to the complex visa and work contract requirements. Persist though, life in Chile is definitely worth the wait!

Can foreigners work in Chile? ›

The most granted work visa in Chile is the “subject to contract” visa, which allows foreigners to live in Chile and work with an employment contract signed only with a Chilean company. You must apply for this visa online, before coming to Chile.

Is it safe to live in chili? ›

Chile is the safest country and the country with the lowest crime rate in Latin America. Yet, there are some rules to follow. First, keep an eye on your belongings because thefts are frequent, especially in public transport.

Which city is very expensive in the world? ›

Statistics vary but generally, Hong Kong, New York, Geneva, London and Tokyo are considered some of the most expensive cities to live in the world.

Is English spoken in Santiago Chile? ›

English is commonly spoken in the major cities, especially in Santiago. However, never assume that an individual speaks English. It is always polite to ask. Chilean youth like to practice English with foreigners, so it is even more helpful if you know a few, basic Spanish phrases.

Which city is very expensive? ›

Shanghai, named the world's most expensive city in the world by Forbes in 2021, is an energizing city booming with business and billionaires.

Is water free in Chile? ›

Chile's water code grants free water rights to private corporations. Chile's Water Code, which Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship enacted in 1981, empowers governmental authorities to grant permanent water titles to private owners, free of charge.

Can you drink tap water in Chile? ›

Is it safe to drink tap water in Chile? Although the tap water in Chile's larger cities is generally considered safe to drink it has a high mineral content that can cause stomach upsets so it's safer to drink bottled water. If you're travelling outside of the major cities you definitely should not drink the tap water.

How many English speakers are in Chile? ›

English Chileans (Spanish: Anglochilenos) are citizens of Chile who are descended from English people who have emigrated. They are estimated to number 550,000-820,000 (5%-6% of the national population). Chilean Spanish.

Are cars cheaper in Chile? ›

Chile is known for selling better quality used vehicles of all kind in a lot cheaper price range as compare to US and other countries.

How much does a computer cost in Chile? ›

Average price of a computer in selected Latin American countries as of May 2019 (in U.S. dollars)
CharacteristicPrice in U.S. dollars
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What is a good monthly salary in Chile? ›

Salary Range

The average salary in Chile ranges from 4,73,000 CLP per month (actual minimum salary) to 8,340,000 CLP per month (actual maximum salary).

Is Chile a good place for Americans to live? ›

Chile is one of the safest, most politically stable countries in South America, with a well-established middle-class, good medical facilities and a well-developed infrastructure.
Cost of Living in Chile.
ItemU.S. $
Monthly total:$1,498
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What is the minimum wage in Santiago? ›

What is minimum wage in Chile? Minimum Wages in Chile increased to 400000 CLP/Month (448.976 USD/Month) in 2022. The maximum rate of minimum wage for employees was 320500 CLP/Month and minimum was 115648 CLP/Month.

Is Santiago Chile expensive? ›

A single person estimated monthly costs are 616$ (564,562CL$) without rent. Santiago is 59.48% less expensive than New York (without rent). Rent in Santiago is, on average, 86.44% lower than in New York.

Why do people leave move to Chile? ›

For most expats, moving to Chile is an easy transition. The country offers great travel experiences and vibrant communities. The quality of life, and in particular healthcare, is quite high and the Chilean economy is growing.

What are the main jobs in Chile? ›

Chile is among the most industrialised countries in Latin American and some of its key industries include mining (copper, coal and nitrate), manufactured products (food processing, chemicals, wood) and agriculture (fishing, viticulture and fruit).

What is the safest place in Chile? ›

The safest place to visit in Chile is the capital city of Santiago. This city is home to most of Chile's population and is the country's largest city. As a result, Santiago has a large police force and a low crime rate. Additionally, most of the city's tourist attractions are in well-lit and safe areas.

How much is an apartment in Chile? ›

Cost of living in Chile chart
One-bedroom apartment in the city centreCLP 340,000
One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centreCLP 290,000
Three-bedroom apartment in the city centreCLP 580,000
Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centreCLP 510,000
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Does Chile have good healthcare? ›

Chile has one of the highest standards of public healthcare in the world. They are considered a leader in Latin America, setting the standard for what other countries can achieve. Based on the World Health Organization's listing of global healthcare systems, Chile is ranked 33rd in the world.

How much does a teacher earn in Chile? ›

The average pay for a High School Teacher is CLP 19,300,116 a year and CLP 9,279 an hour in Chile. The average salary range for a High School Teacher is between CLP 13,703,082 and CLP 23,333,840. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a High School Teacher.

Is there a middle class in Chile? ›

Caught between a rock and a hard place

Benefitting from robust economic growth, Chile's middle-class had grown from about 36 % to nearly two thirds of the population in the decade after 2009. These new middle-class Chileans now find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place.

Is Santiago Chile a rich city? ›

Consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently ranked the richest cities in the world by measuring economic output and consumer buying power.

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The average salary for jobs in Santiago, Chile is $16.160. 235 (CLP) per year or an hourly rate of $7.769 (CLP).

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