What’s the Difference? Chicago vs San Francisco Population

Whether you’re considering moving from San Francisco to Chicago, or the move’s already set in stone, it’s helpful to have a thorough comparison between the two cities.

The Luxury Living team is here to investigate Chicago vs. San Francisco population and provide more insight into life in the Windy City.

While Chicago’s population is technically more than tripled that of San Francisco’s, you have to consider the area of both cities. 

Chicago is a pretty large city. Its total area stretches around 234 square miles.  

If you count the bay, San Francisco is about the same size as Chicago. However, it only covers 46 square miles of land. 

Because San Francisco is so much smaller than Chicago, residents are naturally more crammed into one area. 

Chicago is a sprawling city that encompasses 77 community areas. Nearly 2.7 million people live within those diverse neighborhoods.

Within San Francisco, there are approximately 881,500 residents.

Along with being a crowded city, San Francisco is also known for having pretty crammed roads and public transit options. The Bart transit system has gained a reputation for being quite crowded, especially during rush hour.

While Chicago is also a busy place, its transit system is quite impressive. Not only do bus routes serve the entire city, but the ‘L’ train and Metra alleviate a lot of the normal commuting stress.

Chicago public transit makes it easy to travel within the downtown area and even out to the suburbs.

If you’re looking for a convenient luxury apartment in Chicago, check out a few of our favorite properties that are located in downtown Chicago and near plenty of public transit options:

  • River City– 800 S Well Streets- Located in South Loop, this breathtaking high-rise recently underwent the largest deconversion in Chicago’s history, completely modernizing the complex. The gorgeous building also sits right along the Chicago River.
  • Norweta-2611 N Hermitage-  If you’re looking to be close to downtown, but would prefer a bit more peace and quiet, consider these Lincoln Park apartments. The residential development is privately tucked away, offering private entrances and other impressive features.

With a closer contrast of Chicago vs. San Francisco population, it’s clear that Chicago’s communities provide ample space and neighborhoods. 
Connect with one of our experienced team members to check out our listings or to learn more about relocating to Chicago!

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