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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Chicago, Illinois is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Chicago, Illinois is more expensive.

Overall, Chicago, Illinois cost of living is 103.40.

  COST OF LIVINGChicago, IllinoisUnited States
  Overall  103100
  Grocery  103.7100
  Health  104100
  Housing  97100
  Utilities  106100
  Transportation  112100
  Miscellaneous  105100


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