Cost of Living Comparison Between Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA 

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Consumer Prices in Los Angeles, CA are 0.1% lower than in Chicago, IL (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Los Angeles, CA are 11.7% higher than in Chicago, IL
Rent Prices in Los Angeles, CA are 29.0% higher than in Chicago, IL
Restaurant Prices in Los Angeles, CA are 6.4% higher than in Chicago, IL
Groceries Prices in Los Angeles, CA are 0.4% lower than in Chicago, IL
Local Purchasing Power in Los Angeles, CA is 7.1% lower than in Chicago, IL
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Restaurants
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 20.00 $      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 90.00 $      +12.5 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 10.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 8.00 $      +33.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 9.00 $      +20.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.14 $ 5.08 $      -1.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.61 $ 2.73 $      +4.7 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 $ 2.31 $      +5.3 %
Markets
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.34 $ 4.41 $      +32.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.99 $ 3.49 $      +16.7 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.75 $ 2.53 $      +44.7 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.83 $ 4.40 $      +14.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.99 $ 5.92 $      -1.3 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.40 $ 5.39 $      -0.1 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.46 $ 8.24 $      +10.4 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.85 $      -21.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 $ 0.82 $      +14.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.47 $ 1.52 $      +3.5 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.88 $ 1.86 $      -0.9 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.86 $ 1.18 $      +36.5 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.00 $ 1.00 $      +0.1 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.77 $ 1.77 $      +0.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.19 $ 2.00 $      -8.4 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.99 $ 12.00 $      -19.9 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.76 $ 2.36 $      -14.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.30 $ 3.04 $      -29.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 $ 11.50 $      -23.3 %
Transportation
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 1.75 $      -30.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 99.50 $      +24.4 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 4.00 $      +14.3 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.39 $ 2.75 $      -18.9 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 29.19 $      -2.7 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.34 $ 5.33 $      +22.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,197.50 $ 25,250.00 $      +8.8 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,669.44 $ 23,391.07 $      -5.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 164.26 $ 153.28 $      -6.7 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.33 $ 0.12 $      -63.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.48 $ 68.69 $      +4.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 63.61 $ 44.73 $      -29.7 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.00 $ 13.50 $      +35.0 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 15.49 $      +3.3 %
Childcare
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,784.74 $ 1,426.67 $      -20.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,664.64 $ 22,929.57 $      +5.8 %
Clothing And Shoes
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.57 $ 62.32 $      +6.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.91 $ 41.79 $      +10.2 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.09 $ 99.31 $      +10.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 105.74 $ 142.41 $      +34.7 %
Rent Per Month
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,045.81 $ 2,630.97 $      +28.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,438.85 $ 2,030.47 $      +41.1 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,061.90 $ 4,671.03 $      +15.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,547.73 $ 3,687.03 $      +44.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 382.14 $ 842.40 $      +120.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 254.50 $ 570.00 $      +124.0 %
Salaries And Financing
Chicago, IL Edit Los Angeles, CA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,157.65 $ 5,351.81 $      +3.8 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.63 5.30      -5.9 %
Last update: January 2023January 2023
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