Chicago vs Denver - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Denver
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$2384
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$5427
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$1488
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$2475
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$584
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$152
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$5774
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
20 km
🎓 Higher education
100
92
😀 Quality of life
95
90
🏙️ Population
2.75M
716K

The cost of living in Chicago is 0% less expensive than in Denver. Cities ranked 203rd and 202nd ($2384 vs $2384) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 155th in the United States.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 2.4 months in Denver. Ranked 2nd vs 20th best cities to live in the United States, and 17th vs 109th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Denver

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Chicago Denver
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$15.2
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$61
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$9.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$5.91
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$5.12
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$2.7
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$1601
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$1263
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$2785
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$2138
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$95.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$147
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$61.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
5.08%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$5413
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$3249
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$3.03
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$101
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$14.8
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.16
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$1.11
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$3.52
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$4.1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$3.11
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$13.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$13.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$15.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$4.67
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.58
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$4.19
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$4.87
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.1
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.56
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$1.36
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.87
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$16.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$3.61
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$8.75
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$8.17
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$5.43
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$2.96
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$2.38
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$54.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$13.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$114
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$20.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$60.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$87.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$1475
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$16348

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Cities near Chicago

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

Cities near Denver

Distance City Cost of living
10 km or 6.3 mi Wheat Ridge
$1946
10 km or 6.4 mi Englewood
$1940
11 km or 6.7 mi Lakewood
$1965
11 km or 7 mi Arvada
$1951
12 km or 7.3 mi Westminster
$1953
13 km or 8.3 mi Commerce
$1686
14 km or 8.9 mi Littleton
$1551
15 km or 9.4 mi Aurora
$1986
18 km or 11 mi Northglenn
$1937
18 km or 11 mi Thornton
$2299
20 km or 12 mi Centennial
$1941
22 km or 13 mi Highlands Ranch
$2455
22 km or 14 mi Broomfield
$2219
30 km or 19 mi Brighton
$1949
30 km or 19 mi Lafayette
$2361
31 km or 19 mi Parker
$1947
41 km or 25 mi Boulder
$2346
42 km or 26 mi Castle Rock
$1941
49 km or 31 mi Longmont
$2608
75 km or 46 mi Loveland
$2090
79 km or 49 mi Greeley
$1652
92 km or 57 mi Fort Collins
$2027
99 km or 61 mi Colorado Springs
$2033
113 km or 70 mi Security-Widefield
$1947
119 km or 74 mi Fountain
$1939
157 km or 98 mi Cheyenne
$1582
167 km or 104 mi Pueblo
$1802
182 km or 113 mi Laramie
$1354
262 km or 163 mi Scottsbluff
$1946
317 km or 197 mi Grand Junction
$1690
362 km or 225 mi Casper
$1576
376 km or 233 mi Taos
$2124
389 km or 242 mi North Platte
$1941
407 km or 253 mi Garden
$1945
412 km or 256 mi Rock Springs
$1932
426 km or 265 mi Espanola
$1933
434 km or 270 mi Farmington
$1803
461 km or 286 mi Santa Fe
$1968
463 km or 288 mi Liberal
$1935
484 km or 300 mi Dodge
$1401