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

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Cost of Living in Chicago, IL is 4.7% lower than in San Jose, CA (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Chicago, IL is 10.5% lower than in San Jose, CA
Rent Prices in Chicago, IL are 18.1% lower than in San Jose, CA
Restaurant Prices in Chicago, IL are 4.3% higher than in San Jose, CA
Groceries Prices in Chicago, IL are 0.3% higher than in San Jose, CA
Local Purchasing Power in Chicago, IL is 23.6% lower than in San Jose, CA
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Restaurants
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 25.00 $      +25.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 100.00 $      0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 12.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.00 $ 8.00 $      -11.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 $ 8.00 $      -33.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.92 $ 5.15 $      -13.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.12 $ 2.99 $      -4.0 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.55 $ 2.40 $      -6.0 %
Markets
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.08 $ 4.06 $      -20.1 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.34 $ 3.74 $      -13.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.06 $ 2.84 $      +37.6 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.37 $ 3.95 $      -26.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.89 $ 7.37 $      +6.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.39 $ 6.72 $      +5.2 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.58 $ 9.30 $      -3.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.68 $ 2.65 $      -1.1 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.04 $ 0.89 $      -14.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.81 $ 2.15 $      +18.9 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.72 $ 2.27 $      -16.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.82 $ 1.20 $      -34.2 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.83 $ 1.36 $      -25.4 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.23 $ 2.29 $      -29.3 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.50 $ 2.82 $      +12.6 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.10 $ 2.64 $      +25.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.85 $ 3.83 $      +34.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 $ 16.00 $      +45.5 %
Transportation
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50 $      0.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 80.00 $      -11.1 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.25 $      -7.1 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.25 $      -25.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 $ 25.00 $      -16.7 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.91 $ 4.14 $      -15.7 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,265.00 $ 37,383.69 $      +23.5 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,743.53 $ 26,997.89 $      +1.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 259.70 $ 156.86 $      -39.6 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 48.08 $ 54.35 $      +13.0 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.20 $ 54.97 $      -27.9 %
Sports And Leisure
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 99.83 $ 70.29 $      -29.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 48.00 $ 13.00 $      -72.9 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Childcare
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,750.00 $ 2,308.33 $      +31.9 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,000.00 $ 43,560.00 $      +172.2 %
Clothing And Shoes
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.17 $ 62.17 $      +26.4 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.90 $ 53.46 $      +37.4 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.88 $ 96.83 $      +16.8 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 118.85 $ 127.14 $      +7.0 %
Rent Per Month
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,794.74 $ 2,438.00 $      -12.8 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,426.47 $ 1,493.58 $      -38.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,900.00 $ 4,620.00 $      -5.7 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,935.00 $ 2,961.54 $      -24.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,075.70 $ 330.00 $      -69.3 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 922.90 $ 258.01 $      -72.0 %
Salaries And Financing
San Jose, CA Edit Chicago, IL Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,150.29 $ 4,889.66 $      -31.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.56 6.66      +1.4 %
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