Comparing Big City Living – NY vs. Chicago

Posted on 21st Jun, 2017 by Barbara Davidson

One of the biggest factors in a person’s ability to save money is geographical location. It’s a fact that’s easily forgotten because many people would never think of leaving a location that they’ve grown up in, lived in for years or that is home to all of their family and friends. However, the cost of living in different parts of the country is drastically different, even in big cities. Don’t believe me? Below is a comparison of different costs for residents of Chicago vs. New York. See how they add up!

Comparison is based off of renting in both cities in 2017. This assumes after-tax income.






1Numbeo. (n.d.). Cost of living comparison between Chicago, IL and New York, NY. Retrieved June 3, 2017, from

2US Census Bureau. (n.d.). Population. Retrieved June 5, 2017, from



About Barbara Davidson

Babs is Lead Content Strategist and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!