Chicago vs Shanghai - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Shanghai
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$1413
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$4223
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$783
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$1826
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$347
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$111
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$1372
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
13 km
🎓 Higher education
100
100
😀 Quality of life
95
77
🏙️ Population
2.75M
24.9M

The cost of living in Chicago is 69% more expensive than in Shanghai. Cities ranked 203rd and 2914th ($2384 vs $1413) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th and 5th in the United States and China, respectively. Check the United States vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 1 months in Shanghai. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Shanghai ranked 4th in China, while ranked 17th and 525th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Shanghai

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Chicago Shanghai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$6.14
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$48.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$6.01
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$2.68
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$4.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$0.56
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$1078
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$633
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$2745
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$1493
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$41.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$63.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$18.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
5.13%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$18571
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$9787
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$0.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$30.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$6.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$2.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$2.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$1.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$2.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$18.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$5.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$2.41
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$1.68
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$2.29
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$1.7
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$0.48
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$1.6
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$17
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$3.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$4.59
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$5.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$1.55
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$2.61
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$66.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$9.04
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$135
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$18.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$78.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$108
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$1377
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$27661

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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 Shanghai

Distance City Cost of living
9.4 km or 5.8 mi Pudong
$759
47 km or 29 mi Taicang
$677
53 km or 33 mi Kunshan
$699
74 km or 46 mi Qidong
$677
82 km or 51 mi Suzhou
$921
82 km or 51 mi Jiaxing
$730
85 km or 53 mi Haimen
$673
88 km or 55 mi Changshu
$689
106 km or 66 mi Nantong
$1047
117 km or 73 mi Zhangjiagang
$686
121 km or 75 mi Wuxi
$861
135 km or 84 mi Huzhou
$720
141 km or 87 mi Jiangyin
$681
142 km or 88 mi Zhoushan
$680
144 km or 89 mi Ningbo
$809
148 km or 92 mi Jingjiang
$665
155 km or 96 mi Shaoxing
$745
158 km or 98 mi Yixing
$678
159 km or 99 mi Changzhou
$782
160 km or 100 mi Rugao
$682
161 km or 100 mi Hangzhou
$882
177 km or 110 mi Taixing
$678
179 km or 111 mi Hai'an
$669
191 km or 119 mi Liyang
$666
197 km or 122 mi Yangzhong
$649
198 km or 123 mi Guangde
$657
201 km or 125 mi Danyang
$669
208 km or 129 mi Taizhou
$696
217 km or 135 mi Dongtai
$675
223 km or 139 mi Zhenjiang
$588
235 km or 146 mi Yangzhou
$709
236 km or 146 mi Jurong
$664
244 km or 152 mi Ningguo
$651
246 km or 153 mi Yiwu
$696
250 km or 155 mi Xinghua
$682
250 km or 156 mi Yizheng
$660
259 km or 161 mi Linhai
$675
260 km or 161 mi Xuancheng
$732
262 km or 163 mi Gaoyou
$669
274 km or 170 mi Nanjing
$817