Canberra vs Chicago - Cost of Living Comparison

Canberra Chicago
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1792
$2384
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4156
$5451
🏠 One person rent
$1082
$1436
🏘️ Family rent
$1794
$2255
🍽️ Food expenses
$481
$551
🚐 Transport expenses
$101
$224
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4970
$4960
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
6 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
30
100
😀 Quality of life
86
95
🏙️ Population
381K
2.75M

The cost of living in Canberra is 25% less expensive than in Chicago. Cities ranked 2028th and 203rd ($1792 vs $2384) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 13th and 156th in Australia and the United States, respectively. Check Australia vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.8 months in Canberra compared to 2.1 months in Chicago. Canberra ranked 8th best city to live in Australia vs Chicago ranked 2nd in the United States, while ranked 188th and 17th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Canberra vs Chicago

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Canberra Chicago
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.7
$16.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$52.4
$65
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.52
$8.75
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.33
$5.37
 Cappuccino
$3.31
$4.69
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.28
$2.13
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1116
$1620
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$893
$1190
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2083
$2762
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1473
$1851
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$99.3
$111
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$154
$172
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$45.1
$49.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
2.79%
5.34%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4443
$4967
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3083
$2217
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.16
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$70.3
$87
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$15.9
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.37
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.21
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.16
$2.59
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.05
$2.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.86
$3.41
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.61
$13.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.48
$9.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.5
$15.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.07
$4.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.46
$1.62
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.83
$2.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$3.96
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.08
$1.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.69
$2.09
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.03
$1.32
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.02
$2.04
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.9
$15.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.66
$3.17
🚬 Cigarette pack
$23.6
$15
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6.9
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.26
$5.7
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.38
$4.9
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.08
$1.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$39.9
$57.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.1
$14.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$59.7
$122
💇 Haircut, simple
$16.1
$26.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$64.6
$58.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$90.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1362
$1663
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$12552
$19818

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$1700
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$1554
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$1558
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$1661
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$1581
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$1896
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$1656
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$2294
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$1970
303 km or 188 mi Griffith
$1629
341 km or 212 mi Dubbo
$1445
357 km or 222 mi Shepparton
$1442
358 km or 222 mi Newcastle
$1798
397 km or 246 mi Traralgon
$1626
448 km or 278 mi Pakenham
$1631
454 km or 282 mi Berwick
$1562
459 km or 285 mi Dandenong
$1498
464 km or 288 mi Cranbourne
$1587
466 km or 289 mi South Yarra
$1589
466 km or 290 mi Bendigo
$1610
466 km or 290 mi Melbourne
$1968
470 km or 292 mi Sunbury
$1625
477 km or 297 mi Frankston
$1957
485 km or 302 mi Melton
$1633
488 km or 303 mi Tarneit
$1570
489 km or 304 mi Hoppers Crossing
$1682
531 km or 330 mi Geelong
$1708
535 km or 332 mi Ballarat
$1740
554 km or 344 mi Port Macquarie
$1640
583 km or 362 mi Armidale
$1677
649 km or 403 mi Mildura
$1622
669 km or 415 mi Coffs Harbour
$1359
684 km or 425 mi Warrnambool
$1573
698 km or 434 mi Devonport
$1641
706 km or 438 mi Launceston
$1477
796 km or 495 mi Mount Gambier
$1181
852 km or 529 mi Byron Bay
$2199
858 km or 533 mi Hobart
$1648
902 km or 560 mi Toowoomba
$1462

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$1942
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$2119
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$2128
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$1932
18 km or 11 mi Maywood
$1949
18 km or 11 mi Evanston
$2124
19 km or 12 mi Skokie
$1944
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$1945
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$1951
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$1937
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$1946
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$1941
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$1938
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$1789
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$1938
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$1945
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$1948
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$1848
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$1946
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$1942
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$1941
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$1937
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$1937
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$1960
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$1940
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$1935
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$1938
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