North Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 30,029 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, North Chicago is the 63rd largest community in Illinois.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in North Chicago, employing 29.49% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Manufacturing and Retail industries employ 15.18% and 12.72% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
Of important note, North Chicago is also a city of artists. North Chicago has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape North Chicago’s character.
Also of interest is that North 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: 19.03% 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.
Overall, North Chicago’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.76 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of North Chicago are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.26% of adults in North Chicago having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in North Chicago in 2018 was $23,116, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,464 for a family of four. However, North Chicago contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
North Chicago is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call North Chicago home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in North Chicago, accounting for 35.36% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of North Chicago residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in North Chicago include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of North Chicago's cultural character, accounting for 16.65% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in North Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.