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COL in Chicago vs Denver? Spoke to a recruiter today for a remote role and salary is based on location. She told me the base for someone in Chicago is less than Denver which was surprising to me.

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I moved from Chicago to Denver. It's definitely more expensive here. Expect to pay 2K for a 1 BD, cheap eats at restaurants are never under 15$. Great place to live but definitely more than Chicago.

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Wow I expected the opposite but makes sense given tourism

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I haven’t lived in Chicago for a while, but Denver is surprisingly pricey.

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A certain population bought up SF; when that ran out, they moved up the coast to Seattle; Denver is the third stop

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Well I lived in Denver for a year and always thought Chicago was way more expensive so it had just caught me by surprise. I honestly didn’t think Denver was too bad. Found a few 1/1 for 1600+ where as in Chicago it looks like all the nice places are like 2000+

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The biggest difference is that Chicago has options for every price range due to the many nice neighborhoods. Sure you can live in Lincoln Park or Gold Coast for $$$ but you can also find great places in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, South Loop, West Side, etc. For much cheaper. Also the food scene in Chicago is top tier. If it weren't for the mountains (and weather) Chicago is by far the better true city of the two

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I will say salary wise you'll certainly make more in Chicago given the higher concentration of talent and oops

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I agree. While I haven’t lived in Chicago, I remember when I was looking for exit opps in Denver and I definitely didn’t find too many companies that I wanted to work for.

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A lot of people from Midwest are moving to CA, Colorado and TX. That's why

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