Chicago

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
236/265
Details
Large apartment$2200.00
Medium apartment$1800.00
Rent index [score]0.34
Small apartment$1400.00

Cost of Living

4
219/250
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$4.50
A beer$2.00
A kilogram of Apples$3.50
Bread$1.80
Inflation [score]0.38
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$61.00
Monthly public transport$95.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$81.27

Startups

10
9/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups58
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.93
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co110
Meetups [score]0.91
Meetups groups199
Meetups members202729
Number of investors1181
Number of startup events in the last 12 months4187
Number of upcoming meetup events196
Startup climate scene [score]0.85
Startup events549
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]0.99
Total number of startups2250

Venture Capital

8
19/221
Details
Funding accelerator namesExcelerate Labs, Techstars Chicago, Healthbox - Chicago
Number of funding accelerators4
Venture capital [score]0.82

Travel Connectivity

6
47/265
Details
Airport hub217
Airport hub [score]0.91
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.25

Commute

4
181/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Chicago
Traffic handling [score]0.30

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
249/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.21
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year9
Guns per 100 residents89
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.77
Lack of guns [score]0.57
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.67

Healthcare

6
194/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.31
Healthcare quality [score]0.78
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

8
8/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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]0.87

Environmental Quality

7
101/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.68
Cleanliness [score]0.68
Drinking water quality [score]0.65
Urban greenery [score]0.85

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
175/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.27
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

7
29/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)37.97
Internet access (download) [score]0.67
Internet access (upload) [score]0.81
Upload speed (Mbps)24.82

Leisure & Culture

8
28/264
Details
Art galleries329
Art galleries [score]0.89
Cinemas252
Cinemas [score]0.88
Comedy clubs196
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues316
Concerts [score]1.00
Historical sites256
Historical sites [score]0.77
Museums222
Museums [score]0.88
Performing art venues299
Performing arts [score]0.94
Sport venues211
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos45
Zoos [score]1.00

Tolerance

6
185/265
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]0.24

Outdoors

5
73/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters251.50
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)198.00
Water access [score]0.92
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Chicago are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. 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)

$1,000$1,700
$1400
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$61
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$45
Monthly public transport$95
Lunch$16
-16%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Chicago are very high. For this job type, Chicago ranks 20th for salaries among 265 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)

$82,451
Median salary
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Locals review Chicago

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What could Chicago do better?#improveChicago

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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

10%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

209/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Very High
7/8
Assault
High
46/51
Theft
Moderate
32/49
Robbery
High
39/41
Motor vehicle theft
Low
16/24

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-24%
  • Robbery0%
  • Theft-22%

Gun crimes & Ownership

88.96
Guns per 100 people
8.67
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Chicago in position 246 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

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120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

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Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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Explore Chicago’s neighborhoods

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  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value

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    Who lives here

    • Families with kids
    • Professionals
    • Singles
    • Retirees
    • Gay & Lesbian
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    People in Chicago

    Population of Chicago

    8,120,200
    930 /km²
    134/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    1%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Chicago

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Teleport Users  X  Chicago

    Teleport users who are      Chicago

    Work in:

    Software Engineer
    10.23%
    Marketing Manager
    5.39%
    Web Developer
    3.77%
    Web Designer
    3.59%
    Founder
    3.23%
    Project Manager
    2.87%
    UX Designer
    2.69%
    Other
    68.22%

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    84

    Climate type

    Hot Summer Continental

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    Impressions from Chicago

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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 w