Comparing Big City Living – NY vs. Chicago


new york verses chicago

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.








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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find out more about her on Google+.