Chicago vs San Francisco - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago San Francisco
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$3415
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$7268
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$2367
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$3633
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$693
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$172
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$3904
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
18 km
🎓 Higher education
100
97
😀 Quality of life
95
89
🏙️ Population
2.75M
882K

The cost of living in Chicago is 30% less expensive than in San Francisco. Cities ranked 203rd and 6th ($2384 vs $3415) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 4th in the United States.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 1.1 months in San Francisco. Ranked 2nd vs 25th best cities to live in the United States, and 17th vs 122nd among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs San Francisco

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Chicago San Francisco
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$17.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$80.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$10.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$7.53
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$4.91
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$2.78
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$2660
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$2076
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$4631
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$3090
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$112
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$174
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$61.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
5.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$11485
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$9524
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$2.98
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$87
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$19
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.57
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$1.36
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$4.13
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$4.42
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$4.76
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$16.6
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$14.9
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$17.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$5.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$3.07
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$5.35
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$6.05
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.92
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$3.42
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$1.52
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$2.54
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$16
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$3.21
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$12.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$10.4
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$8.07
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$5.21
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$2.69
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$82.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$15.1
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$131
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$27.9
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$58.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$83.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$2641
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$14161

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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 San Francisco

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.9 mi Daly
$1938
14 km or 8.4 mi South San Francisco
$1954
14 km or 8.8 mi Alameda
$3038
15 km or 9.2 mi Oakland
$3240
16 km or 10 mi Albany
$1949
17 km or 10 mi Berkeley
$2751
17 km or 11 mi San Bruno
$1935
18 km or 11 mi El Cerrito
$1939
18 km or 11 mi Pacifica
$1944
19 km or 12 mi Richmond
$1948
20 km or 12 mi Millbrae
$1951
21 km or 13 mi San Pablo
$1938
22 km or 14 mi Burlingame
$1941
24 km or 15 mi San Leandro
$2188
24 km or 15 mi San Rafael
$2631
26 km or 16 mi San Mateo
$3397
28 km or 17 mi San Lorenzo
$1813
28 km or 18 mi Foster
$2122
29 km or 18 mi Lafayette
$1933
29 km or 18 mi Hercules
$1937
31 km or 19 mi Belmont
$2736
32 km or 20 mi Hayward
$2691
32 km or 20 mi Castro Valley
$2595
34 km or 21 mi San Carlos
$1935
34 km or 21 mi Walnut Creek
$2869
36 km or 23 mi Redwood
$3431
37 km or 23 mi Martinez
$2202
37 km or 23 mi Danville
$2146
37 km or 23 mi Pleasant Hill
$1850
38 km or 24 mi Union
$1945
39 km or 24 mi San Ramon
$2142
39 km or 24 mi Vallejo
$2763
39 km or 24 mi Novato
$1947
39 km or 24 mi Benicia
$1937
41 km or 25 mi Concord
$2695
42 km or 26 mi Menlo Park
$1942
42 km or 26 mi East Palo Alto
$1946
43 km or 27 mi Newark
$1951
45 km or 28 mi Dublin
$1943
46 km or 28 mi Palo Alto
$2864