Chicago vs Sydney - Cost of Living Comparison

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Chicago Sydney
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2634
$2708
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$6805
$6637
🏠 One person rent
$1609
$1584
🏘️ Family rent
$3164
$2992
🍽️ Food expenses
$655
$563
🚐 Transport expenses
$210
$409
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5654
$3733
😷 Air quality
Good
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
9 km
🎓 Higher education
100
100
😀 Quality of life
95
97
🏙️ Population
2.75M
4.84M

The cost of living in Chicago is 3% less expensive than in Sydney. Cities ranked 487th and 379th ($2634 vs $2708) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 435th and 1st in the United States and Australia, respectively. Check the United States vs Australia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 1.4 months in Sydney. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Sydney ranked 1st in Australia, while ranked 12th and 3rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Sydney

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Chicago Sydney
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$17.7
$14.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$88.8
$72.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.2
$10.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.75
$6.73
 Cappuccino
$5.13
$3.3
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.92
$2.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1958
$1860
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1308
$1303
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3937
$3988
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2685
$2454
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$107
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$166
$178
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$63.6
$53.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.58%
6.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3711
$16890
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4479
$10756
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$3.23
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87.1
$145
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$15
$29.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.1
$1.36
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.04
$1.48
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$3.74
$2.73
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$2.48
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.84
$4.46
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.8
$12.4
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.7
$8.56
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$20
$14.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.19
$3.4
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$2.64
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.99
$2.99
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.54
$4.24
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.38
$2.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
$2.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.55
$1.19
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.91
$2.63
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.4
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.67
$5.25
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15.4
$28.4
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.24
$9.25
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.67
$4.28
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.89
$2.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.95
$2.83
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$72.3
$63.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.8
$16.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$79.2
$54.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$28.1
$21.2
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.4
$79.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$98.8
$118
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2650
$1989
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$24360
$17427

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Cities near Chicago

Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 7 mi Cicero
$2491
14 km or 8.8 mi Berwyn
$2544
14 km or 8.9 mi Oak Park
$2466
16 km or 10 mi Elmwood Park
$2365
18 km or 11 mi Maywood
$2412
18 km or 11 mi Evanston
$2210
19 km or 12 mi Skokie
$2278
19 km or 12 mi Burbank
$2357
20 km or 12 mi Melrose Park
$2339
21 km or 13 mi Oak Lawn
$2351
22 km or 14 mi Morton Grove
$2320
22 km or 14 mi Niles
$2334
23 km or 14 mi Park Ridge
$2314
23 km or 14 mi Wilmette
$2254
25 km or 16 mi Blue Island
$2319
26 km or 16 mi Elmhurst
$2268
27 km or 17 mi Glenview
$2313
28 km or 17 mi Des Plaines
$2316
28 km or 18 mi Dolton
$2307
29 km or 18 mi Villa Park
$2230
30 km or 19 mi Harvey
$2296
30 km or 19 mi East Chicago
$1971
30 km or 19 mi Westmont
$2292
31 km or 19 mi Calumet
$2292
31 km or 20 mi South Holland
$2284
32 km or 20 mi Lombard
$2187
32 km or 20 mi Hammond
$1987
32 km or 20 mi Oak Forest
$2279
33 km or 20 mi Northbrook
$2290
33 km or 20 mi Mount Prospect
$2360
33 km or 20 mi Darien
$2306
33 km or 21 mi Elk Grove Village
$2318
34 km or 21 mi Downers Grove
$2292
35 km or 22 mi Orland Park
$2281
36 km or 22 mi Lansing
$2279
36 km or 22 mi Glen Ellyn
$2099
37 km or 23 mi Highland Park
$2282
37 km or 23 mi Munster
$1988
37 km or 23 mi Tinley Park
$2277
37 km or 23 mi Wheeling
$2337

Cities near Sydney

Distance City Cost of living
15 km or 9.2 mi Dee Why
$2018
19 km or 12 mi Parramatta
$1883
29 km or 18 mi Kellyville
$1798
29 km or 18 mi Blacktown
$1635
69 km or 43 mi Wollongong
$1441
117 km or 73 mi Newcastle
$1472
158 km or 98 mi Bathurst
$1613
168 km or 104 mi Goulburn
$1720
205 km or 127 mi Orange
$1617
247 km or 154 mi Canberra
$2505
301 km or 187 mi Dubbo
$1417
314 km or 195 mi Port Macquarie
$1704
377 km or 234 mi Armidale
$1529
378 km or 235 mi Wagga Wagga
$1460
436 km or 271 mi Coffs Harbour
$1487
478 km or 297 mi Griffith
$1648
597 km or 371 mi Shepparton
$1684
624 km or 388 mi Byron Bay
$1872
638 km or 396 mi Traralgon
$1725
683 km or 425 mi Gold Coast
$2129
689 km or 428 mi Southport
$1999
695 km or 432 mi Pakenham
$1734
701 km or 436 mi Berwick
$1733
706 km or 439 mi Bendigo
$1321
706 km or 439 mi Toowoomba
$1542
707 km or 439 mi Dandenong
$1694
711 km or 442 mi Ipswich
$1792
711 km or 442 mi Cranbourne
$1708
713 km or 443 mi South Yarra
$1715
713 km or 443 mi Melbourne
$2419
716 km or 445 mi Sunbury
$1756
724 km or 450 mi Frankston
$1728
732 km or 455 mi Melton
$1711
733 km or 455 mi Brisbane
$2377
735 km or 457 mi Tarneit
$1665
736 km or 457 mi Hoppers Crossing
$1681
775 km or 481 mi Caboolture
$1895
778 km or 484 mi Geelong
$1683
779 km or 484 mi Ballarat
$1331
807 km or 502 mi Caloundra
$1841