Chicago vs Medellin - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Medellin
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$648
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$1545
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$281
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$455
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$208
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$97.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$376
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
3 km
🎓 Higher education
100
70
😀 Quality of life
95
58
🏙️ Population
2.75M
2.53M

The cost of living in Chicago is 268% more expensive than in Medellin. Cities ranked 203rd and 7151st ($2384 vs $648) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 3rd in the United States and Colombia, respectively. Check the United States vs Colombia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 0.6 months in Medellin. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Medellin ranked 2nd in Colombia, while ranked 17th and 5504th among best cities to live in the world.

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Chicago Medellin
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$4.88
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$17.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$5.12
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$1.36
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$1.69
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$0.73
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$290
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$207
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$521
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$344
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$34.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$52.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$23.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
10.11%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$1156
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$1105
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$0.58
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$33.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$9.61
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$0.56
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$0.75
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$1
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$0.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$1.95
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$4.66
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$4.6
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$5.96
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$2.08
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$0.69
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$1.1
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$0.93
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$1.07
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$0.98
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.38
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.44
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$9.26
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$0.86
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$1.88
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$3.34
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$4.25
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$1.62
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$1.4
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$20.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$3.75
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$26.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$4.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$41.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$63.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$162
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$4586

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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

Cities near Medellin

Distance City Cost of living
8.1 km or 5 mi Envigado
$500
9.9 km or 6.1 mi Bello
$402
131 km or 82 mi Manizales
$474
135 km or 84 mi Quibdo
$425
160 km or 99 mi Pereira
$414
171 km or 106 mi Cartago
$392
179 km or 111 mi Salento
$422
190 km or 118 mi Armenia
$421
205 km or 127 mi Ibague
$363
209 km or 130 mi Facatativa
$379
212 km or 131 mi Barrancabermeja
$376
221 km or 137 mi Zipaquira
$443
232 km or 144 mi Girardot
$360
239 km or 148 mi Soacha
$466
242 km or 150 mi Turbo
$430
246 km or 153 mi Bogota
$679
250 km or 155 mi Tulua
$393
257 km or 160 mi Tunja
$367
282 km or 175 mi Monteria
$486
285 km or 177 mi Duitama
$444
288 km or 179 mi Bucaramanga
$480
289 km or 179 mi Floridablanca
$404
298 km or 185 mi Sogamoso
$341
308 km or 192 mi Buenaventura
$433
312 km or 194 mi Palmira
$391
318 km or 198 mi Villavicencio
$411
329 km or 204 mi Cali
$555
331 km or 206 mi Ocana
$422
334 km or 208 mi Santa Cruz de Lorica
$423
340 km or 211 mi Sincelejo
$421
346 km or 215 mi Magangue
$423
367 km or 228 mi Yopal
$428
370 km or 230 mi Neiva
$390
386 km or 240 mi Cucuta
$384
387 km or 241 mi San Antonio del Tachira
$677
391 km or 243 mi Rubio
$680
406 km or 252 mi San Cristobal
$691
410 km or 255 mi Tariba
$681
438 km or 272 mi Popayan
$400
448 km or 279 mi La Grita
$676