Chicago vs Washington - Cost of Living Comparison

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Chicago Washington
🚶 Cost of living one person
$2634
$3112
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$6805
$7561
🏠 One person rent
$1609
$2072
🏘️ Family rent
$3164
$3902
🍽️ Food expenses
$655
$695
🚐 Transport expenses
$210
$155
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$5654
$7015
😷 Air quality
Good
Excellent
✈️ Airport proximity
15 km
5 km
🎓 Higher education
100
100
😀 Quality of life
95
94
🏙️ Population
2.75M
690K

The cost of living in Chicago is 15% less expensive than in Washington. Cities ranked 487th and 91st ($2634 vs $3112) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 435th and 73rd in the United States.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Chicago compared to 2.3 months in Washington. Ranked 2nd vs 3rd best cities to live in the United States, and 12th vs 20th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chicago vs Washington

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Chicago Washington
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$17.7
$21.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$88.8
$87.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$10.2
$11.6
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.75
$8.35
 Cappuccino
$5.13
$5.49
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.92
$2.41
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1958
$2224
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1308
$1818
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$3937
$4808
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2685
$3381
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$107
$115
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$166
$177
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$63.6
$57.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
6.58%
6.62%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3711
$10950
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4479
$9659
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.5
$2.47
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$87.1
$87.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$15
$20.9
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.1
$0.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.04
$1.13
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$3.74
$3.82
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.65
$4.36
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.84
$4.26
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$14.8
$14.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.7
$11.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$20
$17.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.19
$4.99
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$2.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.99
$5.13
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.54
$5.9
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.38
$3.43
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.79
$3.32
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.55
$1.71
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.91
$2.28
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$14.4
$16
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.67
$2.98
🚬 Cigarette pack
$15.4
$11.8
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.24
$9.22
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.67
$4.79
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.89
$4.95
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.95
$2.42
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$72.3
$97.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$14.8
$14.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$79.2
$117
💇 Haircut, simple
$28.1
$29.6
👖 Brand Jeans
$62.4
$66.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$98.8
$108
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$2650
$2312
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$24360
$28215

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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 Washington

Distance City Cost of living
2.5 km or 1.5 mi Georgetown
$2872
9.5 km or 5.9 mi Bailey's Crossroads
$2546
10 km or 6.3 mi Alexandria
$3060
11 km or 6.8 mi Bethesda
$2685
12 km or 7.5 mi Silver Spring
$2152
15 km or 9.2 mi College Park
$2361
17 km or 11 mi Springfield
$2228
17 km or 11 mi Greenbelt
$2337
23 km or 14 mi Rockville
$2336
24 km or 15 mi Fairfax
$2761
26 km or 16 mi Bowie
$2355
27 km or 17 mi Laurel
$2253
28 km or 17 mi Reston
$2719
30 km or 19 mi Waldorf
$2435
31 km or 19 mi Gaithersburg
$2661
32 km or 20 mi Herndon
$2515
34 km or 21 mi Woodbridge
$2613
34 km or 21 mi Marumsco
$2534
36 km or 22 mi Centreville
$3102
37 km or 23 mi Germantown
$2568
38 km or 23 mi Columbia
$2268
41 km or 26 mi Manassas
$2442
42 km or 26 mi Ashburn
$2873
47 km or 29 mi Annapolis
$2844
49 km or 31 mi Catonsville
$2358
51 km or 32 mi Leesburg
$2677
57 km or 35 mi Eldersburg
$2332
57 km or 35 mi Baltimore
$2221
61 km or 38 mi Owings Mills
$2532
68 km or 42 mi Frederick
$2323
76 km or 47 mi Fredericksburg
$2231
83 km or 52 mi Charles Town
$1890
87 km or 54 mi Edgewood
$2420
92 km or 57 mi Bel Air South
$2392
93 km or 58 mi Bel Air North
$2390
102 km or 63 mi Hanover
$2120
102 km or 63 mi Hagerstown
$1912
103 km or 64 mi Winchester
$2258
106 km or 66 mi Waynesboro
$2111
122 km or 76 mi York
$1838