Chicago vs Milwaukee - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Milwaukee
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$1755
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$4081
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$1015
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$1560
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$455
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$116
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$4324
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
100
87
😀 Quality of life
95
91
🏙️ Population
2.75M
600K

The cost of living in Chicago is 36% more expensive than in Milwaukee. Cities ranked 203rd and 2084th ($2384 vs $1755) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 1866th in the United States.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 2.5 months in Milwaukee. Ranked 2nd vs 16th best cities to live in the United States, and 17th vs 84th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Milwaukee

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Chicago Milwaukee
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$12.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$45.6
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$8.1
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$4.46
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$4.53
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$2.3
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$1094
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$795
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$1665
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$1263
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$106
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$162
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$54.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
5.05%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$3633
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$747
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$2.5
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$60.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$16.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.18
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$0.76
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$2.09
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$2.89
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.78
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$10.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$8.41
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$3.97
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.35
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$4.86
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$3.04
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.05
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.93
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.95
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$13
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$2.28
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$9.51
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$6.98
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$4.1
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$3.59
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$1.56
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$45.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$11.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$164
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$15.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$46.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$83.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$1260
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$14325

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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 Milwaukee

Distance City Cost of living
5.6 km or 3.5 mi West Allis
$1953
6.3 km or 3.9 mi Wauwatosa
$1851
10 km or 6.4 mi Greenfield
$1947
13 km or 8.3 mi Brookfield
$1949
15 km or 9.4 mi New Berlin
$1946
17 km or 11 mi South Milwaukee
$1940
17 km or 11 mi Menomonee Falls
$1938
17 km or 11 mi Franklin
$1945
19 km or 12 mi Oak Creek
$1944
19 km or 12 mi Mequon
$1934
22 km or 14 mi Muskego
$1950
23 km or 14 mi Waukesha
$1658
27 km or 17 mi Caledonia
$1936
37 km or 23 mi Mount Pleasant
$1948
38 km or 24 mi Racine
$1949
46 km or 28 mi West Bend
$1948
53 km or 33 mi Kenosha
$1922
57 km or 36 mi Pleasant Prairie
$1947
64 km or 40 mi Watertown
$1940
67 km or 42 mi Zion
$1578
74 km or 46 mi Fort Atkinson
$1973
76 km or 47 mi Round Lake Beach
$1937
76 km or 47 mi Gurnee
$1936
77 km or 48 mi Waukegan
$1825
78 km or 49 mi Grayslake
$1947
80 km or 50 mi Sheboygan
$1417
81 km or 51 mi North Chicago
$1945
84 km or 52 mi McHenry
$1898
85 km or 53 mi Libertyville
$2201
87 km or 54 mi Mundelein
$1869
90 km or 56 mi Fond du Lac
$1827
91 km or 57 mi Woodstock
$1854
91 km or 57 mi Vernon Hills
$1906
96 km or 60 mi Janesville
$1674
97 km or 60 mi Crystal Lake
$1874
97 km or 60 mi Highland Park
$1931
98 km or 61 mi Buffalo Grove
$2298
101 km or 63 mi Lake in the Hills
$1937
102 km or 63 mi Wheeling
$1937
103 km or 64 mi Northbrook
$1941