Cost of Living Comparison Between San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL 

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Consumer Prices in Chicago, IL are 19.3% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Chicago, IL are 27.4% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in Chicago, IL are 37.0% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in Chicago, IL are 17.0% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in Chicago, IL are 21.3% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Chicago, IL is 21.5% higher than in San Francisco, CA
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Restaurants
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 $ 20.00 $      -20.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 80.00 $      -20.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 10.00 $      -16.7 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 6.00 $      -14.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.50 $      -6.2 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.16 $ 5.15 $      -0.1 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.80 $ 2.61 $      -6.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.28 $ 2.20 $      -3.5 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.80 $ 3.38 $      -41.7 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.14 $ 2.99 $      -27.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.33 $ 1.80 $      -22.5 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.94 $ 4.02 $      -18.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.53 $ 6.38 $      -25.2 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 7.53 $ 5.52 $      -26.7 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.57 $ 7.55 $      -11.8 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.99 $ 2.45 $      -17.9 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.54 $ 0.74 $      -52.1 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.22 $ 1.68 $      -24.3 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.92 $ 1.94 $      -33.6 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.98 $ 0.97 $      -51.0 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.61 $ 1.00 $      -38.0 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.78 $ 1.86 $      -33.1 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.44 $ 2.15 $      -11.8 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 15.00 $      -0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.78 $ 2.71 $      -2.5 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.85 $ 4.18 $      +8.5 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.50 $ 15.00 $      +11.1 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50 $      -9.1 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 $ 77.50 $      -11.9 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 3.50 $      -12.5 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.13 $ 3.39 $      +8.2 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 30.00 $      -9.1 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.96 $ 4.34 $      -27.2 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,654.00 $ 23,197.50 $      -19.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,728.43 $ 24,669.44 $      -4.1 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 254.27 $ 164.26 $      -35.4 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.33 $      +85.6 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.40 $ 65.50 $      -2.8 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 101.09 $ 64.85 $      -35.9 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.28 $ 9.38 $      -48.7 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.50 $ 15.00 $      -9.1 %
Childcare
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,450.00 $ 1,784.74 $      -27.2 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 33,071.00 $ 21,664.64 $      -34.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.89 $ 58.57 $      -9.7 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 45.96 $ 39.10 $      -14.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.61 $ 90.09 $      +1.7 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.61 $ 113.53 $      -5.9 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,282.00 $ 2,045.81 $      -37.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,579.66 $ 1,438.85 $      -44.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,748.04 $ 4,061.90 $      -29.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,404.50 $ 2,547.73 $      -42.2 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,074.84 $ 382.14 $      -64.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 958.17 $ 254.50 $      -73.4 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,084.22 $ 5,367.54 $      -11.8 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.02 5.63      +12.2 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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