Chennai vs Chicago - Cost of Living Comparison

Chennai Chicago
🚶 Cost of living one person
$425
$2384
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1030
$5451
🏠 One person rent
$162
$1436
🏘️ Family rent
$296
$2255
🍽️ Food expenses
$162
$551
🚐 Transport expenses
$63.2
$224
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$568
$4960
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
16 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
77
100
😀 Quality of life
67
95
🏙️ Population
10.3M
2.75M

The cost of living in Chennai is 82% less expensive than in Chicago. Cities ranked 8684th and 203rd ($425 vs $2384) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 26th and 156th in India and the United States, respectively. Check India vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.3 months in Chennai compared to 2.1 months in Chicago. Chennai ranked 2nd best city to live in India vs Chicago ranked 2nd in the United States, while ranked 3652nd and 17th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chennai vs Chicago

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Chennai Chicago
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.21
$16.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.1
$65
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.6
$8.75
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.51
$5.37
 Cappuccino
$1.88
$4.69
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.42
$2.13
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$182
$1620
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$112
$1190
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$362
$2762
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$216
$1851
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$26.9
$111
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$41.3
$172
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$8.78
$49.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
7.62%
5.34%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2011
$4967
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$686
$2217
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.25
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$13.4
$87
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.71
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.31
$1.37
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.65
$0.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.49
$2.59
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.58
$2.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.86
$3.41
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.66
$13.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.78
$9.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.84
$15.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.54
$4.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.74
$1.62
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.32
$2.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.51
$3.96
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.47
$1.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.41
$2.09
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.24
$1.32
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.12
$2.04
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$7.36
$15.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.95
$3.17
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.75
$15
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$0.97
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.63
$5.7
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.92
$4.9
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.77
$1.96
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$16.4
$57.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.67
$14.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$13.1
$122
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.93
$26.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$27.5
$58.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$40.3
$90.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$71.7
$1663
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1266
$19818

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Distance City Cost of living
111 km or 69 mi Tirupati
$474
124 km or 77 mi Vellore
$277
125 km or 78 mi Chittoor
$341
138 km or 85 mi Pondicherry
$328
153 km or 95 mi Nellore
$273
159 km or 99 mi Cuddalore
$337
198 km or 123 mi Madanapalle
$336
219 km or 136 mi Kadapa
$344
260 km or 162 mi Proddatur
$337
269 km or 167 mi Ongole
$338
279 km or 173 mi Salem
$351
282 km or 175 mi Thanjavur
$333
290 km or 180 mi Bangalore
$480
304 km or 189 mi Chirala
$335
305 km or 189 mi Tiruchirappalli
$335
312 km or 194 mi Hindupur
$335
328 km or 204 mi Nandyal
$348
338 km or 210 mi Anantapur
$339
339 km or 211 mi Erode
$278
344 km or 214 mi Tumkur
$301
353 km or 219 mi Tenali
$271
354 km or 220 mi Machilipatnam
$282
357 km or 222 mi Guntur
$294
361 km or 224 mi Tiruppur
$340
383 km or 238 mi Vijayawada
$424
388 km or 241 mi Kurnool
$348
396 km or 246 mi Dindigul
$338
402 km or 250 mi Mysore
$345
411 km or 256 mi Eluru
$329
423 km or 263 mi Madurai
$361
428 km or 266 mi Coimbatore
$360
428 km or 266 mi Adoni
$346
453 km or 282 mi Nalgonda
$333
462 km or 287 mi Rajahmundry
$297
463 km or 288 mi Khammam
$277
474 km or 294 mi Mahbubnagar
$336
476 km or 296 mi Kakinada
$350
482 km or 300 mi Hospet
$339
494 km or 307 mi Davanagere
$282
509 km or 317 mi Malappuram
$263

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Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 7 mi Cicero
$1942
14 km or 8.8 mi Berwyn
$2119
14 km or 8.9 mi Oak Park
$2128
16 km or 10 mi Elmwood Park
$1932
18 km or 11 mi Maywood
$1949
18 km or 11 mi Evanston
$2124
19 km or 12 mi Skokie
$1944
19 km or 12 mi Burbank
$1941
20 km or 12 mi Melrose Park
$1945
21 km or 13 mi Oak Lawn
$1941
22 km or 14 mi Morton Grove
$1946
22 km or 14 mi Niles
$1487
23 km or 14 mi Park Ridge
$1951
23 km or 14 mi Wilmette
$1938
25 km or 16 mi Blue Island
$1937
26 km or 16 mi Elmhurst
$1946
27 km or 17 mi Glenview
$1939
28 km or 17 mi Des Plaines
$1871
28 km or 18 mi Dolton
$1946
29 km or 18 mi Villa Park
$1941
30 km or 19 mi Harvey
$1938
30 km or 19 mi East Chicago
$1789
30 km or 19 mi Westmont
$1938
31 km or 19 mi Calumet
$1945
31 km or 20 mi South Holland
$1948
32 km or 20 mi Lombard
$1848
32 km or 20 mi Hammond
$1946
32 km or 20 mi Oak Forest
$1942
33 km or 20 mi Northbrook
$1941
33 km or 20 mi Mount Prospect
$1937
33 km or 20 mi Darien
$1951
33 km or 21 mi Elk Grove Village
$1937
34 km or 21 mi Downers Grove
$1960
35 km or 22 mi Orland Park
$1940
36 km or 22 mi Lansing
$1935
36 km or 22 mi Glen Ellyn
$1938
37 km or 23 mi Highland Park
$1931
37 km or 23 mi Munster
$1935
37 km or 23 mi Tinley Park
$1943
37 km or 23 mi Wheeling
$1937