My Dh and I went to Chicago for the weekend. We discovered that is a really expensive place compared to where we live. We saw a sign stating that a 3 bedroom one level apartment goes for $574,000. That's unreal! A 24oz soda from walgreens was $2. Where I live the are $1.25. Gas up there was $4.09 a gallon where I live it is $3.48 a gallon. I live in a small suburban town in Missouri about 6 1/2 hours outside of Chicago. If we moved to Chicago I don't think we could afford to live off what we live off of now. Dh makes $1500 a month. $710 for a 3 bed 2 bath 1100 sq ft home, $80 for electric, $90 for 2 android cell phones, $25 for sewer, $25 for water, $15 for trash, $400 in food. Dh's job pays for his gas, I only use about a tankful a month, car insurance and health insurance are paid yearly with our income taxes, we bulk shop at Costco yearly for our household needs. All our needs are met and still have some left over each month. With your current income do you think you could make it in most US cities?