Chicago vs Madrid - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Madrid
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2372
$1585
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5663
$3605
🏠 One person rent
$1412
$868
🏘️ Family rent
$2402
$1407
🍽️ Food expenses
$585
$387
🚐 Transport expenses
$210
$206
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5314
$2191
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
10 km
🎓 Higher education
100
98
😀 Quality of life
96
90
🏙️ Population
2.75M
3.28M

The cost of living in Chicago is 50% more expensive than in Madrid. Cities ranked 254th and 2572nd ($2372 vs $1585) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 195th and 3rd in the United States and Spain, respectively. Check the United States vs Spain comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.2 months in Chicago compared to 1.4 months in Madrid. Chicago ranked 1st best city to live in the United States vs Madrid ranked 1st in Spain, while ranked 11th and 103rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Madrid

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Chicago Madrid
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.8
$13.2
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$62.8
$48.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.52
$8.77
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.86
$4.44
 Cappuccino
$5.14
$2.82
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.6
$2.52
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1692
$919
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1112
$689
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3028
$1611
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1930
$1123
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$124
$99
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$192
$153
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$60.8
$34.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.59%
2.42%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4099
$5839
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2764
$3990
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$1.63
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$77.1
$56.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.1
$17.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.21
$2.01
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.04
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.81
$1.02
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.12
$1.11
🥚 Eggs, x12
$4.12
$2.76
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.8
$12.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12
$8.52
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.4
$13.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.41
$2.1
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.59
$2.03
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.66
$1.96
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.1
$2.07
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.99
$1.27
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.11
$1.45
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.51
$0.49
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.21
$2.13
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.6
$7.05
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.75
$1.11
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15.6
$5.84
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$5.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.76
$3.29
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.92
$2.11
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.98
$2.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$63.1
$41.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.5
$9.56
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$101
$57.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.3
$19.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$59.8
$79.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$92.3
$84.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1798
$519
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$21587
$9641

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Cities near Chicago

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 7 mi Cicero
$2010
14 km or 8.8 mi Berwyn
$2103
14 km or 8.9 mi Oak Park
$2132
16 km or 10 mi Elmwood Park
$2011
18 km or 11 mi Maywood
$2010
18 km or 11 mi Evanston
$2114
19 km or 12 mi Skokie
$2022
19 km or 12 mi Burbank
$2008
20 km or 12 mi Melrose Park
$2016
21 km or 13 mi Oak Lawn
$2012
22 km or 14 mi Morton Grove
$2020
22 km or 14 mi Niles
$2051
23 km or 14 mi Park Ridge
$2008
23 km or 14 mi Wilmette
$2021
25 km or 16 mi Blue Island
$2014
26 km or 16 mi Elmhurst
$2023
27 km or 17 mi Glenview
$2025
28 km or 17 mi Des Plaines
$1890
28 km or 18 mi Dolton
$2010
29 km or 18 mi Villa Park
$2016
30 km or 19 mi Harvey
$2021
30 km or 19 mi East Chicago
$1902
30 km or 19 mi Westmont
$2009
31 km or 19 mi Calumet
$2014
31 km or 20 mi South Holland
$2020
32 km or 20 mi Lombard
$1995
32 km or 20 mi Hammond
$2009
32 km or 20 mi Oak Forest
$2021
33 km or 20 mi Northbrook
$2011
33 km or 20 mi Mount Prospect
$2021
33 km or 20 mi Darien
$2020
33 km or 21 mi Elk Grove Village
$2015
34 km or 21 mi Downers Grove
$2017
35 km or 22 mi Orland Park
$2016
36 km or 22 mi Lansing
$2013
36 km or 22 mi Glen Ellyn
$2012
37 km or 23 mi Highland Park
$2012
37 km or 23 mi Munster
$2015
37 km or 23 mi Tinley Park
$2016
37 km or 23 mi Wheeling
$2022

Cities near Madrid

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.6 mi Pozuelo de Alarcon
$1298
11 km or 6.7 mi Coslada
$1063
14 km or 8.5 mi Alcobendas
$1119
18 km or 11 mi Mostoles
$1173
18 km or 11 mi Fuenlabrada
$1313
18 km or 11 mi Torrejon de Ardoz
$1151
21 km or 13 mi Tres Cantos
$1163
29 km or 18 mi Alcala de Henares
$1195
50 km or 31 mi Guadalajara
$1135
68 km or 42 mi Toledo
$926
69 km or 43 mi Segovia
$1032
138 km or 86 mi Cuenca
$1103
155 km or 97 mi Laguna de Duero
$1109
158 km or 98 mi Villarrobledo
$1108
162 km or 101 mi Valladolid
$1121
177 km or 110 mi Salamanca
$1084
196 km or 122 mi Puertollano
$1133
208 km or 129 mi Plasencia
$838
211 km or 131 mi Zamora
$1108
215 km or 133 mi Burgos
$977
223 km or 139 mi Albacete
$972
242 km or 150 mi Villanueva de la Serena
$1109
244 km or 151 mi Requena
$1105
250 km or 156 mi Logrono
$962
251 km or 156 mi Caceres
$907
253 km or 157 mi Tudela
$1108
258 km or 160 mi Linares
$1108
269 km or 167 mi Ubeda
$1148
272 km or 169 mi Zaragoza
$1100
281 km or 175 mi Merida
$1104
283 km or 176 mi Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1256
288 km or 179 mi Leon
$1012
295 km or 183 mi Jaen
$845
296 km or 184 mi Jumilla
$1109
297 km or 184 mi Cordoba
$986
298 km or 185 mi Yecla
$1105
299 km or 186 mi Braganca
$716
301 km or 187 mi Martos
$1107
302 km or 187 mi Caravaca de la Cruz
$1109
302 km or 188 mi Valencia
$1276