Chicago vs Raleigh - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Raleigh
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$1896
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$4564
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$1150
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$2074
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$506
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$86.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$4803
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
14 km
🎓 Higher education
100
83
😀 Quality of life
95
89
🏙️ Population
2.75M
474K

The cost of living in Chicago is 26% more expensive than in Raleigh. Cities ranked 203rd and 1812th ($2384 vs $1896) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 1677th 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 Raleigh. Ranked 2nd vs 28th best cities to live in the United States, and 17th vs 128th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Raleigh

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Chicago Raleigh
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$12.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$55.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$7.85
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$5.08
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$4.75
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$1.75
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$1294
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$907
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$2402
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$1714
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$105
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$163
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$59.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
5.19%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$6118
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$2461
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$2.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$42.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$14.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.01
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$2.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$3.79
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$8.82
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$9.45
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$13.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$4.38
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$5.56
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$3.87
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.44
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$1.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.73
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$14
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$2.68
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$6.49
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$9.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$4.04
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$3.23
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$1.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$34.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$11.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$142
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$15.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$45.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$79.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$1164
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$12235

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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 Raleigh

Distance City Cost of living
12 km or 7.6 mi Garner
$1935
15 km or 9.1 mi Cary
$1989
17 km or 10 mi Morrisville
$1987
21 km or 13 mi Wake Forest
$1947
21 km or 13 mi Apex
$1947
25 km or 16 mi Holly Springs
$2139
28 km or 18 mi Fuquay-Varina
$1933
30 km or 19 mi Durham
$1841
38 km or 23 mi Chapel Hill
$2494
60 km or 37 mi Henderson
$1941
61 km or 38 mi Sanford
$1360
65 km or 41 mi Wilson
$1939
77 km or 48 mi Rocky Mount
$1737
77 km or 48 mi Goldsboro
$1547
78 km or 49 mi Burlington
$1949
87 km or 54 mi Fayetteville
$1570
106 km or 66 mi Asheboro
$1950
109 km or 68 mi Danville
$1441
110 km or 68 mi Greensboro
$1640
114 km or 71 mi Roanoke Rapids
$1935
114 km or 71 mi Kinston
$1979
117 km or 73 mi Greenville
$1710
123 km or 76 mi High Point
$1642
129 km or 80 mi Thomasville
$1508
133 km or 83 mi Kernersville
$1872
137 km or 85 mi Lumberton
$1820
141 km or 87 mi Rockingham
$1946
149 km or 92 mi Winston-Salem
$1724
163 km or 101 mi Jacksonville
$1608
165 km or 103 mi New Bern
$1822
166 km or 103 mi Salisbury
$1949
182 km or 113 mi Kannapolis
$1934
182 km or 113 mi Lynchburg
$1562
183 km or 114 mi Concord
$1876
189 km or 117 mi Havelock
$1590
190 km or 118 mi Wilmington
$1956
191 km or 119 mi Petersburg
$1946
196 km or 122 mi Monroe
$1939
196 km or 122 mi Mint Hill
$1947
198 km or 123 mi Roanoke
$1610