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, 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 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.49% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
One downside of living in Chicago is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chicago, the average commute to work is 35.27 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Chicago’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Chicago is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Chicago really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Chicago citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Chicago ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Chicago a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.
The citizens of Chicago are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.08% of adults in Chicago have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
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.
In addition, Chicago has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.25%).
The most common language spoken in Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.