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Cost of Living Comparison:
Chicago, Illinois - Washington, District of Columbia

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A salary of $55,000 in Chicago, Illinois should increase to $78,607 in Washington, District of Columbia

Cost of Living IndexesChicagoWashington
Overall110.9158.5
Food110.8110.4
Housing112.4274
Utilities104.5105.8
Transportation122.1106.5
Health101.1100.5
Miscellaneous105.899.4
100=national average

  COMPARISON HIGHLIGHTS
Washington is 43% more expensive than Chicago.
Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
Housing is 143% more expensive in Washington.



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