Cost of Living Comparison Between Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA 

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Consumer Prices in Seattle, WA are 17.0% higher than in Chicago, IL (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Seattle, WA are 18.7% higher than in Chicago, IL
Rent Prices in Seattle, WA are 21.1% higher than in Chicago, IL
Restaurant Prices in Seattle, WA are 15.2% higher than in Chicago, IL
Groceries Prices in Seattle, WA are 16.4% higher than in Chicago, IL
Local Purchasing Power in Seattle, WA is 2.9% lower than in Chicago, IL
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Restaurants
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 22.00 $      +10.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 100.00 $      +25.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 12.00 $      +20.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 7.00 $      +16.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 8.00 $      +6.7 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.15 $ 5.62 $      +9.2 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.61 $ 2.51 $      -3.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.20 $ 2.00 $      -8.9 %
Markets
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.35 $ 4.31 $      +28.6 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.95 $ 3.82 $      +29.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.73 $ 2.45 $      +41.0 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.94 $ 3.71 $      -5.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.18 $ 7.44 $      +20.4 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.40 $ 6.66 $      +23.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.46 $ 8.37 $      +12.2 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.36 $ 2.69 $      +13.7 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 $ 1.14 $      +60.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.66 $ 2.36 $      +41.9 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.88 $ 2.93 $      +56.1 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.90 $ 1.45 $      +60.4 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.96 $ 1.50 $      +56.5 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.77 $ 2.45 $      +38.4 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.25 $ 2.03 $      -9.7 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.99 $ 15.00 $      +0.1 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.70 $ 3.27 $      +21.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.30 $ 3.27 $      -24.0 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.00 $ 11.00 $      -26.7 %
Transportation
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.75 $      +10.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 100.00 $      +25.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 5.00 $      +42.9 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.39 $ 2.85 $      -15.9 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 30.00 $      +0.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.34 $ 5.05 $      +16.4 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,197.50 $ 26,000.00 $      +12.1 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,669.44 $ 25,327.67 $      +2.7 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 164.26 $ 249.59 $      +52.0 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.33 $ 0.28 $      -15.7 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.50 $ 74.60 $      +13.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.85 $ 63.31 $      -2.4 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.38 $ 32.75 $      +249.3 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Childcare
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,784.74 $ 1,648.88 $      -7.6 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,664.64 $ 28,000.00 $      +29.2 %
Clothing And Shoes
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.57 $ 64.69 $      +10.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.10 $ 54.08 $      +38.3 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.09 $ 100.56 $      +11.6 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 113.53 $ 131.70 $      +16.0 %
Rent Per Month
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,045.81 $ 2,450.13 $      +19.8 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,438.85 $ 1,949.73 $      +35.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,061.90 $ 4,501.41 $      +10.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,547.73 $ 3,322.81 $      +30.4 %
Buy Apartment Price
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 382.14 $ 738.32 $      +93.2 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 254.50 $ 495.59 $      +94.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Chicago, IL Edit Seattle, WA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,367.54 $ 6,183.36 $      +15.2 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.63 5.45      -3.1 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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