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Which city would you prefer: Chicago or New York?

Chicago or New York? They are two of the most famous cities in the United States. Each city has something completely different to offer to its residents and visitors. Actually, it is not an easy question to answer because both cities have their own characteristics. If you wish, make the decision on your own after reading the general comparison of the two cities.

General Information

Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States, but it is the biggest one in the Midwestern United States. The population is around 2.8 million. It is located in the State of Illinois, which falls along the middle section of the country. Chicago is not a seaside city. However, it has a huge lake called Lake Michigan. Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

New York is the most populous city in the country. The population is around 8.5 million. It is located in the State of New York, on the east border of the country. It is a seaside city and has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean. New York is the cultural and the financial capital of the world and has a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.


Chicago experiences four distinct seasons, but it is also nicknamed The Windy City. It has wet, cool springs; hot and often humid summers; pleasantly mild autumns; and cold winters. In winter, precipitation mainly occurs in the form of snow; sometimes real snowstorms can occur.

New York weather can vary from day to day and even hour to hour. It has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. However, snowfalls are frequent, and sometimes can be abundant, resulting in real snowstorms.

Tourist Attractions

Chicago attracts over 45 million tourists per year. It has 55 museums to visit in the city. It has world-class art, architecture, dining, shopping, music, sports, really everything that New York has, but without the excessive cost and attitude.

New York receives over 55 million tourists per year. It has 89 museums to visit, more than 2,000 arts and cultural organizations and more than 500 art galleries of all sizes. It is home to the biggest theatre scene-the Broadway.

Public Transportation

Chicago has 106 miles of track in the Chicago subway system. 650,000 is the average weekday daily ridership. It provides better on-time percentages than New York City. Though the entire system does not run for 24 hours daily, there are certain buses and train lines that do. (cost per ride: train $2.25, bus $2)

New York has a more evolved transportation system because of the subway. There are over 722 miles of track in the New York subway system. More than 5 million is the average weekday daily ridership. Although the on-time percentage is not very good, the frequency increases during peak hours and the train system operate 24 hours a day. (cost per ride: $2.75)


Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. About 10% of the Chicago population is unemployed. It is the 52nd city in job growth throughout the country.

On the other hand, 6% of the New York population is unemployed. This rate is below the average of the overall United States, and besides New York City is the 18th city in job growth.


Chicago specialties: deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago sandwiches, Italian beef sandwich, chicken Vesuvio, Puerto Rican-influenced jibarito, Greek dish- saganaki, etc.

New York specialties: bagels, New York-style pizza, Chinese restaurants, sandwich joints, trattorias, diners, falafel, Indian food, etc.

Cost of Living

The average price of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center shows how much of your salary would be allocated in rent expenses, and is an indicator of the cost of living in the city. Chicago ranks 7th in a list of America’s most expensive cities in which to live. On average, you should allocate 1800$ of your salary for a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center.

New York ranks 1st in the same list. The average cost of living in a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center is 3000$. You would need around 7,700$ in New York to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with 5,200$ in Chicago.

What is your choice: Chicago or New York?

No two cities are alike; this lies true for New York and Chicago. Each city has a whole lot to offer. So on the basis of the information, we really want to learn your decision and your reasons.