Chicago, IL
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Chicago profile


Living in Chicago


Chicago is an enormous city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 2,746,388 people and 792 constituent neighborhoods, Chicago is the largest community in Illinois. Chicago has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Chicago real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Chicago house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chicago is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chicago is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chicago who work in management occupations (10.73%), office and administrative support (10.31%), and sales jobs (9.49%).

Also of interest is that Chicago has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Chicago telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.49% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Chicago, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Chicago is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Chicago a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Chicago is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

In Chicago, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.27 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Chicago, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Chicago are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

Chicago is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.08% of adults in Chicago have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Chicago in 2018 was $39,068, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $156,272 for a family of four. However, Chicago contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chicago is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chicago home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chicago residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Chicago also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chicago include Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and English.

Chicago also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.25%.

The most common language spoken in Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.