Chicago vs Pyongyang - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Pyongyang
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$1691
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$4176
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$952
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$2112
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$492
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$190
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$387
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
15 km
🎓 Higher education
100
21
😀 Quality of life
95
19
🏙️ Population
2.75M
2.86M

The cost of living in Chicago is 41% more expensive than in Pyongyang. Cities ranked 203rd and 2221st ($2384 vs $1691) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 1st in the United States and North Korea, respectively. Check the United States vs North Korea comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 0.2 months in Pyongyang. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Pyongyang ranked 1st in North Korea, while ranked 17th and 9003rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Chicago Pyongyang
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$8.32
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$111
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$5.05
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$1.71
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$1.9
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$0.53
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$882
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$799
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$3211
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$1611
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$80.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$126
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$55.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
11.09%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$1793
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$1021
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$0.39
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$70.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$18.1
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$0.88
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$2.54
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$2.61
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$2.64
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.55
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$9.54
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$18.1
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$6.73
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$3.12
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.09
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$1.33
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$6.95
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.98
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$0.89
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.34
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$2.16
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$7.07
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$2.71
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$2.46
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$3.24
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$3.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$1.49
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$4.44
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$24.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$4.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$21.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$4.33
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$31.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$61.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$137
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$4610

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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 Pyongyang

Distance City Cost of living
27 km or 17 mi Pyongsong
$1481
44 km or 27 mi Nampo
$1495
46 km or 29 mi Sunchon
$1508
59 km or 36 mi Sariwon
$1486
65 km or 41 mi Anju
$1480
76 km or 47 mi Kaechon
$1489
77 km or 48 mi Chongju
$1467
95 km or 59 mi Tokchon
$1472
111 km or 69 mi Haeju
$1478
115 km or 71 mi Kusong
$1472
135 km or 84 mi Huichon
$1460
138 km or 86 mi Kaesong
$1473
149 km or 92 mi Wonsan
$1494
163 km or 102 mi Paju
$941
165 km or 102 mi Sinuiju
$1500
165 km or 103 mi Donggang
$662
167 km or 104 mi Dandong
$628
170 km or 106 mi Dongducheon
$911
178 km or 111 mi Gimpo
$979
180 km or 112 mi Yangju
$912
180 km or 112 mi Pocheon
$906
181 km or 112 mi Goyang
$1002
183 km or 113 mi Uijeongbu
$998
184 km or 114 mi Hamhung
$1548
192 km or 119 mi Incheon
$1002
193 km or 120 mi Bucheon
$1121
195 km or 121 mi Seoul
$1460
199 km or 124 mi Gwangmyeong
$928
202 km or 125 mi Guri
$906
202 km or 125 mi Namyangju
$970
209 km or 130 mi Gwacheon
$897
210 km or 130 mi Anyang
$1102
210 km or 131 mi Hanam
$906
212 km or 132 mi Ansan
$921
213 km or 132 mi Fengcheng
$659
213 km or 133 mi Gunpo
$975
215 km or 134 mi Seongnam
$1022
216 km or 134 mi Uiwang
$901
216 km or 134 mi Siheung
$945
217 km or 135 mi Chuncheon
$834