Chicago, IL
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Living in Chicago


Chicago is an enormous city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 2,716,450 people and 795 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, Chicago isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chicago are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chicago is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chicago who work in office and administrative support (12.05%), sales jobs (10.22%), and management occupations (10.05%).

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.

Chicago is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Chicago. This makes Chicago a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Chicago presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One downside of living in Chicago, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.12 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Chicago is having a public transportation system, but in Chicago the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Chicago benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The citizens of Chicago are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.47% of adults in Chicago have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chicago in 2010 was $32,560, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,240 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 29.01% 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: 20.71%.

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