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

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Consumer Prices in Chicago, IL are 18.10% lower than in San Francisco, CA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Chicago, IL are 33.53% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Rent Prices in Chicago, IL are 48.40% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Restaurant Prices in Chicago, IL are 16.40% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Groceries Prices in Chicago, IL are 26.71% lower than in San Francisco, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Chicago, IL is 2.44% higher than in San Francisco, CA
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Restaurants
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 16.00 $      -20.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 85.00 $ 75.00 $      -11.76 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 8.00 $      -20.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00 $      -28.57 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00 $      -12.50 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.80 $ 4.28 $      -10.81 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.61 $ 2.05 $      -21.50 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 $ 1.66 $      -21.50 %
Markets
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.76 $ 3.00 $      -37.08 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.73 $ 2.55 $      -31.55 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.34 $ 1.74 $      -25.63 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.95 $ 2.26 $      -42.80 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.02 $ 4.91 $      -30.03 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.73 $ 4.29 $      -36.28 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.54 $ 5.46 $      -27.60 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.03 $ 1.96 $      -35.31 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.72 $      -32.24 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.24 $ 1.37 $      -38.77 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3.11 $ 1.76 $      -43.38 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.88 $ 1.16 $      -38.24 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.63 $ 1.00 $      -38.54 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.05 $ 1.73 $      -15.81 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.03 $ 1.94 $      -4.30 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00 $      -20.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.98 $ 3.02 $      +1.24 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.22 $ 3.02 $      -6.14 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.34 $ 15.00 $      +32.22 %
Transportation
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.50 $      -16.67 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 81.00 $ 105.00 $      +29.63 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.25 $      -7.14 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 2.74 $      -0.30 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.00 $ 26.00 $      -21.21 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.19 $ 3.21 $      -23.47 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 23,776.00 $      -4.90 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,800.50 $ 23,239.58 $      +11.73 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 190.31 $ 158.27 $      -16.84 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.28 $      +98.94 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.83 $ 57.02 $      -12.04 %
Sports And Leisure
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 81.66 $ 57.29 $      -29.84 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.57 $ 21.91 $      +24.67 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 14.00 $      -6.67 %
Childcare
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,480.77 $ 1,465.10 $      -40.94 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 33,952.00 $ 23,627.50 $      -30.41 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.25 $ 51.87 $      -7.79 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 42.25 $ 39.53 $      -6.43 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.37 $ 83.76 $      -0.72 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 137.96 $ 105.33 $      -23.65 %
Rent Per Month
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,869.50 $ 1,829.39 $      -36.25 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,478.12 $ 1,198.69 $      -51.63 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 7,200.54 $ 3,572.46 $      -50.39 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,524.07 $ 2,208.00 $      -51.19 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,302.90 $ 460.40 $      -64.66 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 916.25 $ 215.32 $      -76.50 %
Salaries And Financing
San Francisco, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,757.96 $ 5,282.63 $      -31.91 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.41 3.24      -4.99 %
Last update: October 2021October 2021
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