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Report: Chicago Cost of Living Higher than National Average

By Paul TooherLooking for a less expensive place to live?According to Credit Donkey, an online site the covers credit and lifestyle issues, there are 10 cities where the cost of living is low and job prospects are bright, especially when compared with Crystal Lake and the rest of Chicagoland.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Cost of Living Index in the Windy City stood at 116.9 in 2010, the most recent figures available, compared with a national average of 100. Costs in Chicagoland exceeded the national average in the areas of housing, food, transportation healthcare and miscellaneous goods and services. The cost of utilities was below the national average.Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the Chicago metro area stood at 8.3 p

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