Chicago vs Meru - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Meru
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$422
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$1090
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$94.3
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$172
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$193
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$90.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$395
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
69 km
🎓 Higher education
100
29
😀 Quality of life
95
36
🏙️ Population
2.75M
1.83M

The cost of living in Chicago is 465% more expensive than in Meru. Cities ranked 203rd and 8702nd ($2384 vs $422) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 7th in the United States and Kenya, respectively. Check the United States vs Kenya comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 0.9 months in Meru. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Meru ranked 5th in Kenya, while ranked 17th and 7689th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Meru

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Chicago Meru
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$3.35
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$16.7
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$4.22
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$1.68
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$0.85
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$0.51
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$87.5
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$52.9
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$188
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$118
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$10.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$15.9
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$24.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
16.93%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$2512
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$1439
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$1.27
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$31.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$7.93
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.03
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$0.48
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$0.42
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$0.93
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$1.39
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$4.18
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$7.17
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$3.99
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$1.62
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.66
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$1.83
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$0.64
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$0.7
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$0.62
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.37
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.28
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$5.03
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$1.64
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$1.8
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$2.35
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$3.3
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$0.99
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$1.19
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$37.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$5.08
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$17.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$3.42
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$14.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$32.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$42.4
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$3131

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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 Meru

Distance City Cost of living
138 km or 85 mi Thika
$414
175 km or 109 mi Nairobi
$716
179 km or 111 mi Machakos
$384
180 km or 112 mi Nakuru
$462
268 km or 167 mi Eldoret
$445
323 km or 201 mi Kisumu
$494
354 km or 220 mi Mumias
$443
378 km or 235 mi Moshi
$675
392 km or 244 mi Tororo
$491
395 km or 245 mi Arusha
$591
403 km or 250 mi Mbale
$469
455 km or 283 mi Malindi
$350
496 km or 308 mi Jinja
$405
508 km or 316 mi Mombasa
$599
559 km or 347 mi Kira Town
$486
564 km or 351 mi Kampala
$637
577 km or 359 mi Entebbe
$516
591 km or 367 mi Tanga
$599
600 km or 373 mi Mwanza
$555
666 km or 414 mi Gulu
$433
712 km or 442 mi Stone Town
$636
712 km or 443 mi Zanzibar
$854
732 km or 455 mi Dodoma
$656
749 km or 465 mi Baidoa
$561
764 km or 475 mi Morogoro
$653
783 km or 486 mi Dar es Salaam
$796
784 km or 487 mi Awasa
$659
819 km or 509 mi Arua
$470
840 km or 522 mi Bunia
$886
852 km or 529 mi Jimma
$603
852 km or 530 mi Kasese
$410
858 km or 533 mi Juba
$514
862 km or 536 mi Byumba
$668
873 km or 542 mi Kigali
$677
875 km or 544 mi Muyinga
$481
883 km or 549 mi Mogadishu
$828
907 km or 563 mi Ruhengeri
$600
911 km or 566 mi Ruyigi
$481
911 km or 566 mi Beni
$869
918 km or 570 mi Nyanza
$584