Busan vs Chicago - Cost of Living Comparison

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Busan Chicago
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1031
$2634
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2868
$6805
🏠 One person rent
$380
$1609
🏘️ Family rent
$856
$3164
🍽️ Food expenses
$420
$655
🚐 Transport expenses
$142
$210
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2478
$5654
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
13 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
73
100
😀 Quality of life
90
95
🏙️ Population
3.45M
2.75M

The cost of living in Busan is 61% less expensive than in Chicago. Cities ranked 5144th and 487th ($1031 vs $2634) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 59th and 435th in South Korea and the United States, respectively. Check South Korea vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.4 months in Busan compared to 2.1 months in Chicago. Busan ranked 3rd best city to live in South Korea vs Chicago ranked 2nd in the United States, while ranked 108th and 12th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Busan vs Chicago

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Busan Chicago
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$5.71
$17.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$27.7
$88.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.29
$10.2
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.99
$6.75
 Cappuccino
$3.67
$5.13
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.36
$2.92
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$368
$1958
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$248
$1308
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$875
$3937
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$657
$2685
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$88.2
$107
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$135
$166
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$19.3
$63.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.49%
6.58%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$8506
$3711
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7564
$4479
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.01
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$44.9
$87.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$11.2
$15
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.24
$1.1
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.93
$1.04
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.86
$3.74
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.19
$4.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.14
$3.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.6
$14.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.52
$12.7
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$30
$20
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.62
$5.19
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.97
$1.94
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$4.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.44
$4.54
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.27
$2.38
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.21
$2.79
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.64
$1.55
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.11
$2.91
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$11.6
$14.4
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.73
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.36
$15.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.73
$9.24
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.06
$5.67
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.69
$3.89
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$1.95
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$41.9
$72.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$8.96
$14.8
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$25.1
$79.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.75
$28.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$70.1
$62.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$68.9
$98.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$530
$2650
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$14047
$24360

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$931
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$994
40 km or 25 mi Changwon
$1112
46 km or 28 mi Masan
$1029
50 km or 31 mi Geoje
$925
51 km or 32 mi Miryang
$1008
56 km or 35 mi Ulsan
$1151
63 km or 39 mi Tongyeong
$948
64 km or 40 mi Sacheon
$972
81 km or 50 mi Tsushima Island
$921
84 km or 52 mi Gyeongsan
$1053
85 km or 53 mi Gyeongju
$1358
87 km or 54 mi Jinju
$884
94 km or 58 mi Daegu
$1108
98 km or 61 mi Yeongcheon
$1047
102 km or 64 mi Tsushima
$922
108 km or 67 mi Pohang
$1047
123 km or 77 mi Gwangyang
$1043
131 km or 82 mi Yeosu
$1120
138 km or 86 mi Gumi
$1060
141 km or 88 mi Gimcheon
$1082
142 km or 88 mi Suncheon
$1060
154 km or 96 mi Namwon
$999
162 km or 101 mi Iki
$937
165 km or 103 mi Andong
$880
166 km or 103 mi Sangju
$1062
183 km or 113 mi Mungyeong
$1034
189 km or 118 mi Jeonju
$823
193 km or 120 mi Gwangju
$1150
195 km or 121 mi Yeongju
$1002
198 km or 123 mi Hirado
$937
199 km or 124 mi Munakata
$946
199 km or 124 mi Fukutsu
$961
200 km or 124 mi Okagaki
$929
201 km or 125 mi Koga
$971
201 km or 125 mi Shingu
$976
202 km or 125 mi Itoshima
$972
202 km or 126 mi Karatsu
$949
204 km or 127 mi Daejeon
$952
205 km or 127 mi Jeongeup
$990

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$2491
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$2544
14 km or 8.9 mi Oak Park
$2466
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$2365
18 km or 11 mi Maywood
$2412
18 km or 11 mi Evanston
$2210
19 km or 12 mi Skokie
$2278
19 km or 12 mi Burbank
$2357
20 km or 12 mi Melrose Park
$2339
21 km or 13 mi Oak Lawn
$2351
22 km or 14 mi Morton Grove
$2320
22 km or 14 mi Niles
$2334
23 km or 14 mi Park Ridge
$2314
23 km or 14 mi Wilmette
$2254
25 km or 16 mi Blue Island
$2319
26 km or 16 mi Elmhurst
$2268
27 km or 17 mi Glenview
$2313
28 km or 17 mi Des Plaines
$2316
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$2307
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$2230
30 km or 19 mi Harvey
$2296
30 km or 19 mi East Chicago
$1971
30 km or 19 mi Westmont
$2292
31 km or 19 mi Calumet
$2292
31 km or 20 mi South Holland
$2284
32 km or 20 mi Lombard
$2187
32 km or 20 mi Hammond
$1987
32 km or 20 mi Oak Forest
$2279
33 km or 20 mi Northbrook
$2290
33 km or 20 mi Mount Prospect
$2360
33 km or 20 mi Darien
$2306
33 km or 21 mi Elk Grove Village
$2318
34 km or 21 mi Downers Grove
$2292
35 km or 22 mi Orland Park
$2281
36 km or 22 mi Lansing
$2279
36 km or 22 mi Glen Ellyn
$2099
37 km or 23 mi Highland Park
$2282
37 km or 23 mi Munster
$1988
37 km or 23 mi Tinley Park
$2277
37 km or 23 mi Wheeling
$2337