Chicago vs Sydney - Cost of Living Comparison

Chicago Sydney
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2384
$2294
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$5451
$5214
🏠 One person rent
$1436
$1331
🏘️ Family rent
$2255
$2116
🍽️ Food expenses
$551
$501
🚐 Transport expenses
$224
$332
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4960
$4771
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
9 km
🎓 Higher education
100
99
😀 Quality of life
95
99
🏙️ Population
2.75M
4.84M

The cost of living in Chicago is 4% more expensive than in Sydney. Cities ranked 203rd and 254th ($2384 vs $2294) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 156th 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 2.1 months in Sydney. Chicago ranked 2nd best city to live in the United States vs Sydney ranked 1st in Australia, while ranked 17th and 2nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Chicago Sydney
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$16.3
$12.7
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$65
$52.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.75
$9.15
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.37
$5.49
 Cappuccino
$4.69
$3.44
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.13
$2.32
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1620
$1479
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1190
$1138
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2762
$2663
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1851
$1771
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$111
$75.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$172
$117
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$49.1
$49.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.34%
2.78%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4967
$12419
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2217
$7128
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$3.45
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87
$127
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.2
$19.6
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.37
$1.41
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.96
$1.15
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.59
$2.05
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.87
$1.8
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.41
$3.5
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.1
$9.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.8
$9.38
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$14.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.36
$2.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.62
$2.42
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$2.64
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.96
$5.23
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.84
$2.11
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$1.85
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.32
$1.01
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.04
$2.79
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$15.8
$12.9
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.17
$4.08
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15
$28.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$8.1
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.7
$3.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.9
$2.43
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.96
$2.69
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$57.3
$52.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.4
$13.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$122
$44.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$26.2
$17.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$58.9
$74.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$90.2
$99.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1663
$1681
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$19818
$14932

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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 Sydney

Distance City Cost of living
15 km or 9.2 mi Dee Why
$1970
19 km or 12 mi Parramatta
$1896
29 km or 18 mi Kellyville
$1656
29 km or 18 mi Blacktown
$1581
69 km or 43 mi Wollongong
$1554
117 km or 73 mi Newcastle
$1798
158 km or 98 mi Bathurst
$1558
168 km or 104 mi Goulburn
$1700
205 km or 127 mi Orange
$1661
247 km or 154 mi Canberra
$1792
301 km or 187 mi Dubbo
$1445
314 km or 195 mi Port Macquarie
$1640
377 km or 234 mi Armidale
$1677
378 km or 235 mi Wagga Wagga
$1386
436 km or 271 mi Coffs Harbour
$1359
478 km or 297 mi Griffith
$1629
597 km or 371 mi Shepparton
$1442
624 km or 388 mi Byron Bay
$2199
638 km or 396 mi Traralgon
$1626
683 km or 425 mi Gold Coast
$1776
689 km or 428 mi Southport
$1627
695 km or 432 mi Pakenham
$1631
701 km or 436 mi Berwick
$1562
706 km or 439 mi Bendigo
$1610
706 km or 439 mi Toowoomba
$1462
707 km or 439 mi Dandenong
$1498
711 km or 442 mi Ipswich
$1612
711 km or 442 mi Cranbourne
$1587
713 km or 443 mi South Yarra
$1589
713 km or 443 mi Melbourne
$1968
716 km or 445 mi Sunbury
$1625
724 km or 450 mi Frankston
$1957
732 km or 455 mi Melton
$1633
733 km or 455 mi Brisbane
$2056
735 km or 457 mi Tarneit
$1570
736 km or 457 mi Hoppers Crossing
$1682
775 km or 481 mi Caboolture
$1630
778 km or 484 mi Geelong
$1708
779 km or 484 mi Ballarat
$1740
807 km or 502 mi Caloundra
$1630