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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 110.90.

  COST OF LIVINGChicago, IllinoisUnited States
  Overall  111100
  Grocery  110.8100
  Health  101100
  Housing  112100
  Utilities  105100
  Transportation  122100
  Miscellaneous  106100

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