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Cost of Living Comparison Between Washington, DC and Chicago, IL 

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Consumer Prices in Chicago, IL are 15.30% lower than in Washington, DC
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Chicago, IL are 20.14% lower than in Washington, DC
Rent Prices in Chicago, IL are 26.94% lower than in Washington, DC
Restaurant Prices in Chicago, IL are 7.76% lower than in Washington, DC
Groceries Prices in Chicago, IL are 24.83% lower than in Washington, DC
Local Purchasing Power in Chicago, IL is 4.13% higher than in Washington, DC
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Restaurants [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.50 $ 15.00 $      -3.23 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 72.50 $ 65.00 $      -10.34 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00 $      -12.50 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00 $      -16.67 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 6.50 $      -18.75 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.20 $ 4.16 $      -1.02 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.94 $ 1.79 $      -7.82 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.69 $ 1.62 $      -3.76 %
Markets [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.43 $ 2.82 $      -17.79 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.22 $ 2.36 $      -26.69 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.02 $ 1.83 $      -9.28 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.15 $ 2.10 $      -33.50 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.10 $ 5.40 $      +5.91 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.71 $ 4.50 $      -32.90 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.65 $ 5.53 $      -16.73 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.18 $ 2.11 $      -33.67 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.94 $ 0.84 $      -10.92 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3.36 $ 1.85 $      -44.75 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.92 $ 1.45 $      -50.39 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.94 $ 0.92 $      -52.69 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.90 $ 0.96 $      -49.41 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.66 $ 1.42 $      -46.71 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.33 $ 2.02 $      -13.08 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00 $      -20.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.17 $ 1.78 $      -43.79 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.50 $ 2.28 $      -49.28 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.80 $ 13.00 $      +47.73 %
Transportation [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50 $      -9.09 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 $ 105.00 $      -12.50 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.25 $      -7.14 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.33 $ 2.25 $      -3.43 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 $ 24.00 $      -4.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.91 $ 3.27 $      +12.53 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,500.00 $ 21,852.50 $      -2.88 %
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,632.47 $ 19,751.43 $      +0.61 %
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 128.93 $ 123.43 $      -4.26 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10 $      +3.64 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.41 $ 60.43 $      -7.62 %
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 66.66 $ 50.05 $      -24.91 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8.44 $ 25.94 $      +207.15 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 13.00 $      -7.14 %
Childcare [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,603.13 $ 1,030.72 $      -35.71 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,111.11 $ 16,822.22 $      -40.16 %
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.39 $ 51.28 $      -0.21 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.71 $ 37.19 $      -3.92 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 81.15 $ 77.39 $      -4.63 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 107.26 $ 110.65 $      +3.16 %
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,222.84 $ 1,703.73 $      -23.35 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,680.04 $ 1,074.47 $      -36.05 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,939.13 $ 3,112.48 $      -20.99 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,841.43 $ 1,914.61 $      -32.62 %
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 558.27 $ 334.69 $      -40.05 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 275.57 $ 182.30 $      -33.85 %
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,758.60 $ 3,957.03 $      -16.84 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.19 4.27      +1.81 %
Last update: January 2019January 2019
Contributors:240404
Data from past:18 months18 months
Currency: USD