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Can You Afford To Live Alone In Chicago? (MAP)

By Tanveer Ali | January 29, 2016 5:45am

CHICAGO — Sometimes you just don't want any roommates.

But in Chicago, it's getting more expensive to live without one. A recent real estate report showed median one-bedroom rent is up to $1,970 a month across the city, about 11 percent higher than a year ago.

Landlords and personal finance experts will tell you, you should be earning 40 times your monthly rent to afford it.

To afford the median Chicago one-bedroom, you should be earning $78,800 a year.

That's not necessarily true across Chicago, so we created this handy tool to see where you can afford to look.

We analyzed Zillow data, specifically median asking rent during 2015 in every Chicago neighborhood where the data is available. We crunched the data three ways: across apartments of all sizes and number of bedrooms; studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments.

Just enter your salary and we'll show you which neighborhoods you should begin your apartment hunt.

NOTE: Neighborhoods with insufficient data have been excluded from this interactive. There are less data available at the neighborhood level for studio and one-bedroom apartments than for all apartments. 

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