I have narrowed down my options, looking to move to one of these cities after graduation. I have friends and family in NYC, so that will weigh into my decision quite a bit, but considering I have lived the suburban life since I was very young, I thought maybe Chicago may be a less overwhelming option. I'm certainly looking for a change to a city environment, and to be honest, I think either will provide me the change that I'm looking for. Some people say Chicago cant compare as far as things to do with NYC, but for someone coming from living in Florida all his life, anything will be a huge step up.
I have some concerns regarding the COL. I'll only be making a big 4 auditor's salary. From what I've read and seen on various calculators, NYC is much more expensive than Chicago. One from CNN equated $50,000 in Chicago to $79,000 in Brooklyn, and $95,000 in Manhattan. Is Chicago really this much cheaper? I would pay a little bit of a premium to be around friends and family, and to be within short distance to my NY sports teams, but if the difference is that great it would be illogical for me to do so.
One more thing, I've also heard that people are much friendlier in Chicago, from people looking to be friends to approachability of women to date. I've been told it has to do partially with the fact that Chicago is a little slower of a city. I know this is obviously a very subjective thing, but anyone who's lived in both cities for any time can probably comment on it.
If anyone has any input, feel free to share. Had been leaning Chicago for quite some time, but I visited NYC this past weekend and it was great to see friends and family I hadnt seen in a while. That would be nice to do often. But obviously thats not my only criteria.