Chicago vs Johannesburg - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Johannesburg
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$935
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$2244
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$447
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$815
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$243
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$165
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$1502
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
100
73
😀 Quality of life
95
63
🏙️ Population
2.75M
4.43M

The cost of living in Chicago is 155% more expensive than in Johannesburg. Cities ranked 203rd and 5608th ($2384 vs $935) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 1st in the United States and South Africa, respectively. Check the United States vs South Africa comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 1.6 months in Johannesburg. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Johannesburg ranked 1st in South Africa, while ranked 17th and 4512th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Johannesburg

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Chicago Johannesburg
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$7.29
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$29.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$3.99
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$1.9
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$1.89
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$0.96
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$369
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$324
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$766
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$644
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$63.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$96.6
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$49.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
8.2%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$747
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$674
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$1.81
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$62.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$8.33
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.26
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$1.07
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$0.91
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$1.2
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.35
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$6.96
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$4.52
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$7.04
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$1.49
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.4
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$1.53
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$1.44
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$1.27
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$1.1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.37
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$4.98
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$1.35
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$2.95
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$3.33
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$3.31
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$1.66
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$1.25
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$28.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$6.07
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$31.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$6.44
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$49.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$87.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$225
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$5141

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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 Johannesburg

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.8 mi Sandton
$907
13 km or 8 mi Randburg
$776
19 km or 12 mi Soweto
$897
28 km or 17 mi Benoni
$821
40 km or 25 mi Springs
$766
41 km or 25 mi Centurion
$734
53 km or 33 mi Pretoria
$835
53 km or 33 mi Vereeniging
$728
59 km or 36 mi Vanderbijlpark
$852
71 km or 44 mi Brits
$763
101 km or 62 mi Rustenburg
$881
109 km or 68 mi Potchefstroom
$639
143 km or 89 mi Bethal
$760
152 km or 94 mi Middelburg
$822
155 km or 97 mi Klerksdorp
$629
179 km or 111 mi Kroonstad
$770
237 km or 147 mi Welkom
$708
244 km or 152 mi Mmabatho
$762
262 km or 163 mi Lobatse
$615
275 km or 171 mi Gaborone
$668
287 km or 179 mi Butha-Buthe
$579
302 km or 188 mi Kanye
$641
311 km or 193 mi Mbabane
$722
323 km or 201 mi Vryheid
$835
325 km or 202 mi Molepolole
$616
329 km or 204 mi Teyateyaneng
$579
333 km or 207 mi Manzini
$733
350 km or 217 mi Maseru
$593
366 km or 228 mi Mahalapye
$544
369 km or 229 mi Bloemfontein
$696
409 km or 254 mi Mafeteng
$579
417 km or 259 mi Palapye
$506
429 km or 267 mi Kimberley
$785
442 km or 275 mi Pietermaritzburg
$685
443 km or 275 mi Matola
$1058
446 km or 277 mi Serowe
$527
454 km or 282 mi Maputo
$1049
501 km or 311 mi Durban
$827
562 km or 349 mi Francistown
$544
577 km or 358 mi Xai-Xai
$1114