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What Bert Has To Say About Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metro Area

A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural city, Chicago functions as is a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse an economy in the country.


Quick Facts About Chicago

    The unemployment rate in Chicago is 8.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chicago jobs have Increased by 0.85 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Chicago's cost of living is 3.40% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Chicago's population is 2,702,471 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.27 percent.
    Average Commute time is 33 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Chicago is $165,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 7.60 percent.
    Chicago public schools spend $15,230 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.2 students per teacher in Chicago.

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re: Chicago vs Pittsburgh vs Boston - 8/31/2014
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