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Chicago, IL

Chicago is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
2,718,560
Chicago Population7
$
51,193
Median Income6
9.0
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Chicago's aged 15- to 19-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 16%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

34.3
Median Age7
0.6
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Chicago residents are largely white; however, the city is becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 22.6% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 12.1%

Race

61.6
%
Illinois Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Chicago is humid, but rarely hot, with cool winters and strong winds. The temperature reaches to 90°F or reaches only 17 days per year with an average temperature of 24°F in January. There are 10 mph wind and 70% humidity

Weather

35
%
Chance of Rain12
52
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature36

 

Housing

The average home value in Chicago increased by 14% since 2010 which is 28% lower than the national average and 4% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,760
Monthly Average13
55
%
Renters37

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Chicago is a very high tax location with income tax 38% higher than the national average, sales tax 49% higher than the national average, and property tax 106% higher than the national average.

Other

2.3
%
Property Tax21
10.25
%
Sales Tax19
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)38

 

Employment

Chicago has a very low employment rate of 91% which is 3% lower than the national average. The largest employers are Boeing and United Continental Holdings

Income

16.1
%
<$25,0006
17.4
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Chicago is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results39

Representatives

Mayor28 Lori Lightfoot
Democratic
House of Representative28 Danny K. Davis
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Rush University Medical Center, is 2.5 miles from the center of Chicago, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is 0.8 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Illinois, 22.6% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 28.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#65 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report31
#54 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades32
 

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