Cost of Living Comparison Between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI 

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Cost of Living in Milwaukee, WI is 13.6% lower than in Chicago, IL (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Milwaukee, WI is 22.5% lower than in Chicago, IL
Rent Prices in Milwaukee, WI are 36.4% lower than in Chicago, IL
Restaurant Prices in Milwaukee, WI are 29.0% lower than in Chicago, IL
Groceries Prices in Milwaukee, WI are 13.6% lower than in Chicago, IL
Local Purchasing Power in Milwaukee, WI is 6.3% higher than in Chicago, IL
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Restaurants
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 16.00 $      -36.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 70.00 $      -30.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 10.00 $      -16.7 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 5.25 $      -34.4 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 6.38 $      -20.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.15 $ 4.94 $      -4.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.99 $ 2.44 $      -18.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 $ 1.71 $      -28.6 %
Markets
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.07 $ 3.23 $      -20.6 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.74 $ 2.92 $      -22.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.84 $ 2.83 $      -0.4 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.95 $ 2.82 $      -28.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.37 $ 4.70 $      -36.3 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.72 $ 4.45 $      -33.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.30 $ 6.35 $      -31.7 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.65 $ 2.93 $      +10.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.89 $ 0.77 $      -13.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.15 $ 3.63 $      +68.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.27 $ 2.63 $      +15.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.20 $ 1.27 $      +5.8 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.36 $ 1.46 $      +7.4 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.29 $ 1.97 $      -13.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.82 $ 2.75 $      -2.5 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 14.00 $      -6.7 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.64 $ 1.73 $      -34.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.83 $ 2.25 $      -41.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 16.00 $ 10.00 $      -37.5 %
Transportation
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.00 $      -20.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 72.00 $      -10.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $ 2.80 $      -13.8 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 2.57 $      +14.4 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 $ 21.00 $      -16.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.14 $ 3.45 $      -16.7 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 37,383.69 $ 30,000.00 $      -19.8 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,997.89 $ 24,498.95 $      -9.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 156.86 $ 237.82 $      +51.6 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 54.35 $ 41.67 $      -23.3 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.97 $ 74.50 $      +35.5 %
Sports And Leisure
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 70.29 $ 60.00 $      -14.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.00 $ 18.50 $      +42.3 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 14.44 $      -3.7 %
Childcare
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,308.33 $ 1,821.67 $      -21.1 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 43,560.00 $ 24,200.00 $      -44.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 62.17 $ 54.78 $      -11.9 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 53.46 $ 45.50 $      -14.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96.83 $ 96.88 $      +0.1 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 127.14 $ 143.75 $      +13.1 %
Rent Per Month
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,438.00 $ 1,599.38 $      -34.4 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,493.58 $ 1,232.86 $      -17.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,620.00 $ 2,746.67 $      -40.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,961.54 $ 1,746.67 $      -41.0 %
Buy Apartment Price
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 330.00 $ 158.79 $      -51.9 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 258.01 $ 134.80 $      -47.8 %
Salaries And Financing
Chicago, IL Edit Milwaukee, WI Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,851.06 $ 3,993.59 $      -17.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.66 6.57      -1.2 %
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