Chicago

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
238/263
Details
Large apartment$2100.41
Medium apartment$1707.75
Rent index [score]0.35
Small apartment$1315.08

Cost of Living

4
235/261
Details
5km taxi ride$13.00
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$3.70
Bread$2.00
Inflation [score]0.35
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$64.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$13.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$84.08

Startups

10
8/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups75
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.92
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co110
Meetups [score]0.90
Meetups groups199
Meetups members181553
Number of investors1181
Number of startup events in the last 12 months3080
Number of upcoming meetup events187
Startup climate scene [score]0.85
Startup events236
Startup events348
Startup events [score]0.93
Startups [score]0.99
Total number of startups2324

Venture Capital

8
18/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesExcelerate Labs, Techstars Chicago, Healthbox - Chicago
Number of funding accelerators4
Venture capital [score]0.85

Travel Connectivity

6
48/260
Details
Airport hub217
Airport hub [score]0.92
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.25

Commute

4
199/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Chicago
Traffic handling [score]0.44

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

4
244/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.26
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year9
Guns per 100 residents88
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.77
Lack of guns [score]0.58
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.67

Healthcare

6
186/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.31
Healthcare quality [score]0.79
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

8
6/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Chicago
Best university ranking10
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.86

Environmental Quality

7
87/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.66
Cleanliness [score]0.77
Drinking water quality [score]0.66
Urban greenery [score]0.84

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
171/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

6
80/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)44.88
Internet access (download) [score]0.73
Internet access (upload) [score]0.50
Upload speed (Mbps)11.64

Leisure & Culture

8
28/263
Details
Art galleries325
Art galleries [score]0.90
Cinemas254
Cinemas [score]0.88
Comedy clubs201
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues320
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites261
Historical sites [score]0.78
Museums222
Museums [score]0.88
Performing art venues341
Performing arts [score]0.95
Sport venues235
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos47
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

9
7/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index96.90
LGBT Equality Index [score]1.00
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.83

Outdoors

5
88/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters248.50
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)198.00
Water access [score]0.90
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Chicago are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the 9th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Chicago will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,315$2,100
$1708
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$64
Movie ticket$13
Broadband internet connection$45
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$15
-12%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Chicago are very high. For this job type, Chicago ranks 22nd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Chicago.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$79,667
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very High
9/10
Assault
Moderate
47/53
Theft
Low
36/51
Robbery
High
41/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
18/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-14%
  • Robbery-15%
  • Theft-21%

Gun crimes & Ownership

88.09
Guns per 100 people
8.67
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Chicago in position 243 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Explore Chicago’s neighborhoods

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    LGBT rights in Chicago

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    Illegal

    Marriage

    Legal

    Adoption

    Legal

    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    84

    Climate type

    Hot Summer Continental

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Chicago

    Chicago is the home of the blues and the truth of jazz, the heart of comedy and the idea of the skyscraper. Here, the age of railroads found its center, and airplanes followed suit. Butcher of hogs and believer in progress, it is one of the world's great cities, and yet the metropolitan luxuries of theater, shopping, and fine dining have barely put a dent in real Midwestern friendliness. It's a city with a swagger, but without the surliness or even the fake smiles found in other cities of its size.

    As the hub of the Midwest, Chicago is easy to find — its picturesque skyline calls across the waters of Lake Michigan, a first impression that soon reveals world-class museums of art and science, miles of sandy beaches, huge parks and public art, and perhaps the finest downtown collection of modern architecture in the world.

    With a wealth of iconic sights and neighborhoods to explore, there's enough to fill a visit of days, weeks, or even months without ever seeing the end. Dress warm in the winter, and prepare to cover a lot of ground; the meaning of Chicago is only found in movement, through subways and archaic elevated tracks, in the pride of tired feet and eyes raised once more to the sky.

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