North Chicago, IL
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North Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,491 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, North Chicago is the 60th largest community in Illinois.

North Chicago is a military town: the armed forces employs 46.39% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Manufacturing and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 13.56% and 13.31% of the civilian workforce respectively.

A relatively large number of people in North Chicago telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.04% 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.

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 17.27 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, North Chicago is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.40% of adults 25 and older in North Chicago have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in North Chicago in 2010 was $17,511, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,044 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. The greatest number of North Chicago residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. North Chicago also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.04% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in North Chicago include Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of North Chicago's cultural character, accounting for 17.44% of the city’s population.

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